Description: Church of the Holy Cross
Date Listed: 26 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 318290
OS Grid Reference: SU1871679961
OS Grid Coordinates: 418716, 179961
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5183, -1.7316
5410 CHISELDON CHURCH STREET
Church of the Holy Cross
SU 1879 29/155 26.1.55
Fairly large parish church with tower-porch sited on south wall of south aisle.
Mostly Perpendicular style with an arcade. Chancel arch and east window of
circa 1200 and some Anglo-Saxon fragments. Built of rubble with lead and tile
Three stage tower with porch below, belfry stage set back, first 2 stages with
angle buttresses. Coved cornices with corner gargoyles and carved faces. C19
ashlar crenellation. Two light square headed window with moulded head and drip
on middle stage. Two light foiled window with foiled upper light to belfry.
Four bay aisled and clerestoried nave. Three light foiled and moulded head
windows. Three bay chancel has arched 2 light and diamond head window (cusped)
and a square headed window to south-east of 2 cusped lights with 4 quatrefoils
above. Central priest's door. Three light stepped east window with below a
carved rood in trefoiled niche within a blind oculus.
Interior: arcade capitals vary between trumpet to stiff-leaf. Ceiling has 4
centred arch headed and moulded ties braced from corbels, cusping in the gaps,
moulded purlins and rafters. large late mediaeval tomb chest in sanctuary.
Numerous wall memorials to the Calley family. Stone memorial (1707) to Edward
Hellish with bas relief of him and his family on corbel of winged death's head.
Large brass in sanctuary. Three fragments of carved mediaeval stone in east
wall of south aisle and, below, a small fragment of a shaft with foliate cap.
C18 tables of law painted on wood in south aisle- and C15 traceried bench end
below that. Painted screen with 6 saints and a rood panel now at back of north
aisle, late C19.
Well stocked graveyard with single and double headstones and some footstones,
especially to south and north, mostly C18. A number of chest tombs, the best
perhaps being that to Elizabeth, wife of William Fridge (sic) died 1774, 13
yds south of south-east aisle window.
Listing NGR: SU1871379971
Source: English Heritage
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