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Church of St Peter, Alvescot

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 September 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 253323

OS Grid Reference: SP2738604597
OS Grid Coordinates: 427386, 204597
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7394, -1.6048

Location: Mill Lane, Alvescot, Oxfordshire OX18 2QJ

Locality: Alvescot
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX18 2QJ

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Listing Text

9/13 (East side)
12/09/55 Church of St. Peter

Church. Earliest surviving features are early C13 details of north transept, and
C13 north door of nave. C14 south porch. Later C15 west tower, nave and south
transept, latter with south wall rebuilt C16. Chancel rebuilt C19, probably
during restorations of 1872-3 by W. Slater and R.H. Carpenter. Coursed rubble
limestone with stone slate roofs. Cruciform plan. West tower is of three stages
with battlemented parapet, diagonal buttresses and south-west stair projection.
C15 openings, with 2-light traceried windows to bellchamber, 3-light traceried
west window, and small west door in double chamfered pointed head. Nave has
coved cornice and off-set buttress with mass dial. Large C15 south window of 3
lights with Perpendicular tracery and small carved head stops to hoodmould;
C15-C16 2-light north window with Tudor hoodmould. North door is blocked and has
2-centred arch with hoodmould; south door is C13-C14 with moulded arch and
carved head hoodmould stops. South porch has 2-centred arch, stone benches and
lean-to roof to transept. South transept has C15-C16 2-light east window with
cusped lights, and C16 3-light south window without cusping, both with Tudor
hoodmoulds. North transept retains original east lancet and small blocked west
doorway with semi-circular arch, but has C19 2-light window in north wall. 2-bay
chancel has C19 traceried windows in Decorated style, 2-light to north and
south, 3-light to east, and C19 gabled vestry and boiler house to north.
Interior: nave has double hollow-chamfered arch to tower, and blocked stair door
with 4-centred arch. At east end of nave on north side is a shallow niche with
cusped 4-centred arch and traces of wall-painting. Nave roof remodelled C19 with
quatrefoil wind-bracing but retaining C17-C18 tie-beams. Former roof-line marked
by stone corbels with carved heads below. Between nave and south transept is a
large arch similar to tower arch, with narrower simpler arch to east. South
transept has trefoil-headed piscina and both transepts have squints to chancel.
Arch between north transept and nave is early C13, restored, with moulded
capital and base to cylindrical half-pier at west respond. Chancel arch matches
tower arch. Interior of chancel is C19 but incorporates some original features,
including a small lancet window in north wall, an altered piscina, 2 stone
roundels in east wall, and a pair of very small arched niches in north wall.
Also in north wall is an Easter Sepulchre (?) assembled from various pieces of
C14 masonry. Fittings: font is C12-C13 and has square stone bowl with shafted
corners on base with narrow band of nailhead ornament. Charity panel of 1831 in
tower. Other fittings and glass are C19. Monuments: brasses to Alice Malory 1579
and husband, in south transept. 3 good marble wall tablets in nave: a) to Samuel
Adams, Rector, d.1750, with obelisk and urn on pedestal. b) to Goddard Carter,
d.1725, and wife Rebecca, with open pediment on Ionic columns, and charity panel
below, c) to Elizabeth Adams, d.1728, and 7 children, with 3 carved cherub heads
in a roundel. In tower are a simple tablet to Alice Wayne 1675, and a marble
tablet to Martha Rudger, 1772.

(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: 1974, p421)

Listing NGR: SP2738604597

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Source: English Heritage

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