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Church of St Peter, Cassington

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 252682

OS Grid Reference: SP4547410604
OS Grid Coordinates: 445474, 210604
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7923, -1.3421

Location: Pound Lane, Cassington, Oxfordshire OX29 4DG

Locality: Cassington
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX29 4DG

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Listing Text

SP4510 (South side)
25/29 Church of St. Peter
Church. Built shortly before 1123 for Geoffrey de Clinton. Altered in early C14
for Lady Mantaate, who added upper stage and broach spire to the tower. Restored
1876/7 by Bodley and Garner. Rendered limestone rubble with ashlar quoins and
dressings; stone-coped gabled stone slate roofs. Chancel and nave with central
tower. Early C14. Curvilinear 2-light east window; early C12 round-arched window
with roll-moulded inner arch and billeted sill to north; C15 three-light
cinquefoil-headed window to south, which also has late C19 vestry with Gothic
doorway and ogee-headed lights; chancel also has fine corbel table of human and
animal heads. 3-stage central tower: early C11 stair-turret and round-headed
doorway to north, and C15 three-light window with panel tracery to south; second
stage has early C14 pointed-arched cinquefoiled light to south and similar
trefoil-headed light with trefoiled head to north; upper stage has early C14
two-light Y-tracery belfry lights, and reset early C12 head corbels reset
beneath quatrefoil-panelled parapet; ribbed broach spire has gabled lucarnes.
Nave: north side has, from east, an early C14 curvilinear 2-light window, and 2
early C12 round-headed windows with billeted sills; gabled early C14 north porch
has hood mould over chamfered doorway with imposts; mutilated early C12 south
doorway, with plain tympanum, frames studded C17 door. South side has, from
east, an early C14 Curvilinear 2-light window and an early C12 round-arched
window with billeted sill; C17 studded door set in early C12 south doorway,
which has roll-moulded cushion capitals. Gabled C15 south porch has open timber
arcade of trefoiled lights to each side, and arch-braced common-rafter roof.
Early C14 three-light Curvilinear west window with flowing tracery. Nave has
fine early C12 corbel table, with similar variety of carved heads to those of
chancel. Interior: chancel has early C12 quadripartite stone vault, supported on
corner shafts with cushion capitals. Early C14 double piscina has reticulated
tracery. Early C18 communion rail, with elaborately carved turned balusters; C17
panelled dados in sanctuary. C15 chancel screen has lower plank partition carved
with blind tracery, and renewed top and cusped heads. Early C12 tower arches
each have zig-zag carved hood over 2 orders of roll moulding set on jamb shafts
with cushion capitals. Plain early C12 doorway to tower stairs. Fine Jacobean
stalls, much renewed in C19, brought here in 1870s from Christ Church Cathedral,
Oxford. Nave has mid C19 pulpit with traceried panels, on early C12 tub font and
18 ancient benches, porbably C15, with bench ends of chamfered panels with
central muntin. Two fine C18 brass chandeliers. Wall paintings: fragments
survive on east chancel wall, and of C14 canopied figures at east end of nave;
parts of C14 Doom painting over tower arch, and fragments of early C12 painted
consecration crosses at west end of nave. Monuments: three C19 wall tablets;
floor brass at east end of nave commemorates Roger Cheyne, d.1414, and has
simple foliated cross; brass to Thomas Neal, d.1590, depicts shrouded figure;
mid C18 Cosier monument on north wall of nave is set in architectural frame;
similar monument to south, surmounted by urn and with winged cherub's head,
commemorates Francis Seale, d.1720. Stained glass: east window of 1848. In
chancel north window is C16 armorial glass and C16 Flemish rounder depicting
Story of Joseph. East windows of nave have C14 roundels of head of Christ and 2
deacon saints to south and C16 Flemish glass to north. Late C19 west window has
reset C16 to C18 Flemish glass.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, pp522-3; National Monuments Record; Bodleian
Library, Topographical Drawings, for drawings of late C18 onwards including
details by R.C. Buckler)

Listing NGR: SP4546810601

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Source: English Heritage

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