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Parish Church of St John and St Helen, Wroughton

Description: Parish Church of St John and St Helen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 318609

OS Grid Reference: SU1375980257
OS Grid Coordinates: 413759, 180257
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5211, -1.8031

Location: A4361, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9JS

Locality: Wroughton
County: Swindon
Country: England
Postcode: SN4 9JS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Cross in the Churchyard of St John the Baptist and St Helen, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

Parish Church of
St John and St Helen
SU 1380 22/527 26.1.55


C15 West Tower; C14 aisled and clerestoried 3 bay nave with South porch;
3 bay C14 chancel with North chapel and 2 bay C19 vestry. Restored by T. H. Wyatt
1846, again 1852, 1880s and 1905. Little except the North and South doom
and possibly the bases of the arcades survive of the Norman church. Built
of rubble. Lead roofs. Cornices and parapets with corbel heads and end finials.
Apex over chancel arch has restored sacring belfry. Most windows in Decorated
style, East window of 5 lights with almond-shaped upper tracery. Clerestory
windows square headed with foiled lights. South door: late C12 with horizontal
zig-zag order and saltire crosses to label, foliate caps to slender nook shafts.
North door: circa 1200 pointed doorway with scalloped caps.
Three stage embattled tower with corner pinnalces (added 1846), set off stages,
diagonal buttresses to ground and 1st stages. Upper stage possibly added,
2 light traceried windows to belfry. Interior: double chamfered pointed
arcades with dying mouldings, North arcade dates from 1846 and probably replaces
a Norman one. Late 014/early C15 roof to nave: moulded principal timbers
to low pitched panelled roof, arched upper purlins; arcaded trusses with
braces from carved head corbels. C19 windbrace roof with hammerbeam corbels
in chancel. Arcaded mediaeval reredos in South aisle. Fine sedilia with
crocketted ogee arches and carved piscina, both probably C14. Fine chancel
memorials to Benets and Buttons and, in C18, to Codringtons; epitaph to William
Sadler, early C17, mentioning the Armada. large iron bound parish chest in
The churchyard is well stocked with C17 and C18 headstones, including a triple
one on North side. A number of chest tombs to South, several shrouded by
immense few tree outside South porch.

Listing NGR: SU1375780260

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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