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Description: Church of St Peter
Date Listed: 27 August 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 253970
OS Grid Reference: SP2736627156
OS Grid Coordinates: 427366, 227156
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9422, -1.6033
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Church of St. Peter
Parish church. C12, partly rebuilt 1830 and restored 1882 for J.F. Penyston of
Cornwell Manor (q.v.). Roughly coursed limestone rubble with quoins and ashlar
dressings; stone slate roofs with stepped coped verges and C19 foliated crosses
to gables. Nave and chancel with bellcote at junction; south porch and north
vestry. Nave: south side has C15 square-headed 2-light window with cusped panel
tracery and head-stops to left of porch and similar window with plain
label-stops to right. Probably late C16 or early C17 gabled porch has moulded
segmental-headed outer arch with hoodmould and scratch-dial inscribed
"FUGIT=HORA" above; C19 three-light segmental-pointed chamfered mullion window
to west side. West wall of nave has C19 two-light Decorated-style window. North
side has C19 broad cinquefoil-headed lancets to left and right of C19 gabled
vestry. This has window to west side identical to that of porch. Infilled
segmental-headed arch immediately above ground level to left of left window has
stone inscribed "VAULT FULL/1873". Plain gabled bellcote with segmental arch and
impost band to east gable end. Chancel. South side has C15 square
cinquefoil-headed light to west and window similar to those in south wall of
nave to east. East window also similar but has segmental-pointed head. Blind
north side has projection to west for organ chamber. Interior. C12 round-headed
south doorway has single-chamfered inner order and roll-moulded outer order with
hoodmould. Datestone over outer doorway of porch has inscription "REROOFED/AND
RESTORED/1882. J.F.P." (enyston), Trussed rafter roof to nave restored in C19 has
3 wooden chandeliers (probably of 1920s) hanging from it; also 4 contemporary
wall sconces. C12 round-headed doorway on north now leading to vestry is
recessed on south and has semi-circular lintel tympanum to north. Transitional
chancel arch of 2 pointed unchamfered orders, inner supported on half-conical
corbelled responds with scalloped capitals and impost band terminating in
scrolls on east side. C19 trussed rafter roof to chancel. Image bracket on short
column in east jamb of nave south-east window; east window has blank shields to
hollow jambs and apex. Twelve-sided C13 font has moulded panel to each side and
square plinth with carved heads to chamfered corners; square chamfered base.
Perpendicular-style stone pulpit with blind tracery and ringed shafts dividing
each face is probably C19. C19 benches in nave and C19 panelled wood reredos to
chancel, which has segmental-pointed aumbry on north side. Stained glass of 1876
in east window. Monuments. C18 and C19 wall tablets and memorials to members of
Penyston family in nave and chancel.
(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: pp555-b; Bodleian Library: Oxfordshire:
Listing NGR: SP2736627156
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