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Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.5378 / 51°32'16"N

Longitude: -0.9017 / 0°54'6"W

OS Eastings: 476271

OS Northings: 182672

OS Grid: SU762826

Mapcode National: GBR C4S.DW4

Mapcode Global: VHDWG.BL5Z

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 25 January 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1218999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 246196

Location: Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, RG9

County: Oxfordshire

District: South Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Henley-on-Thames

Built-Up Area: Henley-on-Thames

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Henley-on-Thames

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

696/1/58 HART STREET


Aisled church with clerestory, N & S chancel chapels, Perp tower at W end of N aisle. C13 origins, although externally Perp and C19. C13 arcades, rebuilt and heightened in C14/C15. C15 NE chapel of 1460. South aisle rebuilt in 1789. Second N aisle added by Benjamin Ferrey in 1853-4, in the Decorated style. Ferrey also replaced windows and added a clerestory.
INTERIOR: interior has a C17 font (now disused), together with an active Victorian one. 1920 rood screen by G H Fellowes Prynne; elaborate wrought iron Victorian screens N & S of chancel. 1890 painted shield and stencilling in chancel. 1621 monument to Dame Elizabeth Periam with effigy, stylistically progressive for date. Much Victorian stained glass, largely 1890 by Lavers & Westlake.
HISTORY: A charter of 1272 granting indulgences to those contributing to the building or repair of the church is the earliest key date in the church's history. Little remains of this Early English phase, the church having undergone a major remodelling around 1400. The tower is traditionally assigned to the time of John Longland, Bishop of Lincoln 1521-47. A multi-phased medieval church with significant later phases and fittings, the parish church of St Mary forms part of notable groups on Church Avenue, Hart Street and at the bridgehead (Hart Street and Thameside Junction).

SOURCE: J. Sherwood & N. Pevsner, 'Buildings of England: Oxfordshire' (1974), 636-7.

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