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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 252952
OS Grid Reference: SP4390319882
OS Grid Coordinates: 443903, 219882
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8758, -1.3637
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WOOTTON CHURCH STREET
SP4319 (East side)
15/297 Church of St. Mary
Church. Probable late Saxon origins; mainly mid C13, chancel rebuilt and
refenestrated in early C14; early C16 clerestory. Coursed and uncoursed
limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; gabled stone slate chancel roof and
shallow-pitched lead roofs. Chancel, nave with north aisle and south porch, and
west tower. Much restored in (C19 and C20) 4-light reticulated east window;
south side of chancel has late C13 Y-tracery window (restored C20), reset C15
head corbel, late C13 pointed roll-moulded doorway and C14 ogee-headed and
trefoiled light; rood-skair projection to north. 3-bay north aisle has C19
buttress, early C14 Curvilinear 2-light window and hood mould over blocked
2-centred arched doorway; 3-light east window has ogee over trefoiled lights
with mouchettes in spandrels; early C16 two-light round-headed window to west.
South side of nave has C19 buttress, 2 early C14 Curvilinear 2-light windows and
label moulds over 2 late C14/C15 two-light ogee-headed windows. Fine Early
English (mid C13) south porch has arch of 3 orders with hollow-chamfered arches
set on engaged shafts with bell capitals; C16 chamfered lights to side walls and
hood mould over mid C13 pointed moulded south door with C19 doors; 1623 sundial
over porch. Early C16 two-light round-headed clerestorey windows 3 stage west
tower, remodelled in C15, has offset corner buttresses; pointed-arched doorway
to south stair-turret; early C14 curvilinear west window; C13 lancet to south;
C15 two-light louvred belfry lights; C14 crenellated parapet with gargoyles and
crocketed pinnacles; probably late Saxon blocked doorway to south. Interior:
Mosaic reredos of 1887. Mid C19 double-chamfered chancel arch. Mid C13 four-bay
north arcade with double-chamfered arches set on round piers with moulded
capitals; mid/late C19 archway to east of arcade. Late C14 octagonal font with
convex sides and moulded base. Mid/late C19 arch-braced chancel roof; C17
five-bay tiebeam roof with king studs and C15 and early C16 authropomorphic
corbels. C15 hollow-chamfered west archway with moulded capitals to inner order.
Mid C19 box pews and Gothic-style pulpit. Monuments: C19 memorial tablets
include memorial in chancel to Reverend Charles Lee (d.1841) who endowed Bridge,
Parrotts School and Church Cottages (q.v.). C17 and C18 ledger stones, include
lozenge-shaped floor memorial dated 1631 in chancel. Baroque Harris Monument,
with 1676 date and segmental pediment, to north; broken-pedimented monument to
south with Doric triglyphs with guttae to base, commemorates Thomas Dee, d.1735;
to east, a pedimented monument with Corinthian pilasters commemorates Charles
Crisp, d.1740, and Baroque Monument with urn, swags and skulls commemorates
Dorothy and Thomas Crisp, d.1702 and 1701. Nave has wall tablet with urn to
Reverend John Gregory, d.1800, stele-type monument to Mary Anne Smallbones,
d.1830, and wall monument surmounted by crest to Anne Sotham, d.1777.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: pp859-860; National Monuments Record;
Bodleian Library, Topographical Drawings, for drawings by R.C. Buckler and other
C19 drawings; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, pp282-3)
Listing NGR: SP4390319882
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