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Church of St Thomas Beckett, Sutton-under-Brailes

Description: Church of St Thomas Beckett

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 306063

OS Grid Reference: SP2988937414
OS Grid Coordinates: 429889, 237414
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0343, -1.5657

Location: Sutton-under-Brailes, Warwickshire OX15 5BH

Locality: Sutton-under-Brailes
Local Authority: Stratford-on-Avon District Council
County: Warwickshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX15 5BH

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Listing Text

2/129 Church of St. Thomas Beckett
13/10/66 (Formerly listed as Parish
Church of St. Thomas of


Church. Late Cl2 origins. Early and late C13, C14 and C15 with some C16
alterations. Restored 1879. Coursed and squared, coursed rubble to chancel and
nave, with ashlar tower and ashlar nave parapet. C20-tile chancel roof with
slate nave roof. Chancel, nave and south tower. Chancel rebuilt early C13, with
lengthening of late C13. 3 bays, with east chamfered plinth, offset angle
buttresses and coped gable to east with C19 cross at apex. C13 hollow-moulded
corbel table, with carved grotesques, and beast and human heads, To east a late
C13 window of 3 stepped lancets and bar tracery of 3 cusped roundels. The
lancets, tracery and pointed surround have edge roll-mould, the surround of 2
orders. Hood mould with human head labels. Small trefoil above window. To south
wall a late C13 priests doorway of 2 hollow-moulded orders with broach stops.
Pointed arch with ramped hood mould and labels. Relieving arch above. C19 plank
door. Above right, to centre of south wall, a single-chamfered lancet with
rounded hood mould and carved-head labels. To right a C13 window of lights with
single trefoil tracery (now distorted). Hood-mould with carved head labels. To
left of doorway a C15 square-headed window of 2 cusped ogee-headed lights. Hood
mould with labels. To north wall left a late C13 window of 2 cusped and
hollow-moulded lights with tracery within a hollow-moulded surround. Rounded
hood-mould with carved head labels, To centre and right an early C13 lancet,
that to centre with hood mould. Part C12 nave, rebuilt C15 and C19 of 3 bays
with C15 clerestory. Crude plinth to north and offset buttresses, moulded string
course and embattled parapet. To south, within tower, a restored C14 pointed
doorway. C19 plank door. To right of tower a late C13 pointed window of 2 cusped
lights and central quatrefoil within many-moulded surround. Hood mould. To left
of porch a restored C15 window with C19 or C20 square head. To north wall a C12
semi-circular arched doorway with chamfered surround, hood mould and relieving
arch. To left a window of c.1500 set in a shallow projection with a stone slate
roof. The window is square-headed, with 3 depressed ogee-headed and cusped
lights with mouchette tracery and moulded hood with labels. To north and south a
C15 clerestory, that to north with 3 square-headed windows, each with 2
ogee-headed cusped lights. Hood mould with labels. Clerestory to south has 3
square-headed windows, that to left of tower with 2 lights. Window to centre has
2 depressed ogee-headed cusped lights. Window to right also has 2 depressed
ogee-headed cusped lights but with mouchette tracery. Windows have hood moulds
with labels. To rebuilt west wall a similar part-restored C15 square-headed
window of 3 lights. Restored hood mould and labels. Above, a C19 cusped roundel.
C14 south tower of 2 stages with moulded plinth, offset diagonal buttresses,
string course dividing first and second stages and moulded corbel table with
broken gargoyles. Coped parapet. To south a C14 pointed doorway with
many-molded surround and hood mould with broken labels. Worn carving at apex of
hood mould. C19 plank door. Within tower, to east, an square-headed window with
single ogee-headed cusped light. Hood mould with labels. Above doorway, to
south, a C14 square-headed window of 2 ogee-headed cusped lights with quatrefoil
tracery and hood mould with labels. Single ogee-headed light to east. In
north-west angle of tower a stair turret with ogee-headed loops rising to bell
chamber level. C14 bell-chamber openings, each square-headed with 2 ogee-headed
cusped lights and worn hood moulds with labels. Stone slate louvres. Interior:
east window of chancel has moulded rere-arch with hood mould and carved head
labels. Easternmost windows of north and south walls are similarly moulded, with
hood molds and carved head and foliage labels. Central windows in north and
south walls have hood mould and carved head and beast labels. Westernmost
window in north chancel wall has hollow-chamfered rere-arch. To east wall,
flanking east window a moulded corbel. To north wall a further carved head
corbel. Square niche below easternmost window. To south wall a C13 cusped,
hollow-moulded piscine, with bowl supported by a worn carved head. C13 chancel
arch, probably rebuilt late C19, of 2 chamfered orders, the inner order with
moulded bases and imposts. At apex of hood mould, to west, a carved pair of
heads. All nave windows have chamfered rere-arches, and the window of c.1500 to
north has stone projections against each splay. Beneath chamfered sill of
easternmost window in south wall a small piscina with shouldered-arch head,
Stair turret doorway, to west of main south doorway, has chamfered, pointed
surround and hood mould with labels. C19 chancel roof supported on moulded
corbels. C19 nave roof with traceried spandrels supported on C15 moulded
corbels. Further corbels to east, that to north a carved bearded head. C19
stained glass in south chancel windows. Two C19 wall tablets in chancel walls,
with further wall tablet in south nave wall dated 1803.
(V.C.H.: Warwickshire, Vol.5, pp.157-159; Buildings of England: Warwickshire,

Listing NGR: SP2988937414

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