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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Waterperry with Thomley, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7521 / 51°45'7"N

Longitude: -1.0894 / 1°5'21"W

OS Eastings: 462956

OS Northings: 206322

OS Grid: SP629063

Mapcode National: GBR B0P.1DP

Mapcode Global: VHCXY.27F6

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 18 July 1963

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1047587

English Heritage Legacy ID: 246710

Location: Waterperry with Thomley, South Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX33

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Waterperry with Thomley

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Waterperry

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

6/190 Church of St. Mary


Church. Saxon, early C13 and early C14, restored 1840. Limestone rubble with
ashlar dressings and some weatherboarding; artificial stone-slate and lead
roofs. Nave, chancel, south aisle and west tower. C13 chancel has 3 original
lancets in each of the side walls, plus a fourth to south dated from the C19
rebuilding of the east wall with its 3-light window of Reticulated tracery;
blocked priests door to north. The steep-pitched roof has the base of a sanctus
bellcote on the west gable parapet. The south aisle has an early C14 east window
of 3 lights with a large sexfoil in the tracery, and, to south, a low C15 window
of 2 ogee lights and a 3-light C15/early C16 window of 3 cinqefoil lights; C14
south doorway has a keeled roll dying into wave-moulded jambs. The north wall of
the nave has 2 more identical windows with sexfoils in the tracery and a blocked
C14 doorway. At the east end of the wall is a rectangular stair projection. The
west wall has a 3-light window with Perpendicular tracery between deep stepped
and gabled buttresses; to right is a C14 doorway and the central gable is taken
up to form the base of the weatherboarded tower which has a shallow pyramid
roof. Interior: Chancel has a plastered 7-canted roof, with 3 heavy tie beams,
and a late-medieval aumbry in the north wall. C14 chancel arch springing from
corbel heads is set beneath a high Saxon arch with plain imposts. Transitional
3-bay arcade has fluted and scalloped capital to east and masonry pier to west.
King-post roof to nave, probably C16. West tower is supported on internal posts
with large curved braces. Fittings include C18 panelled pine box pews, reading
desk dated 1632, elaborately-canopied pulpit inscribed "GM/1677", C17
barley-twist communion rails, late C18 Gothic screen forming entrance lobby
(removed from former chapel in Waterperry House (q.v.)), and a painted Royal
Arms dated 1757. Stained glass in windows include C13, C14, C15 and C16 figures,
shields and quarries, plus some C19 and C20 glass, Monuments include C14
full-length effigy under elaborate double-cusped and crocketted canopy; C17
alabaster wall monuments to Sir Francis Curson, with kneeling figures, and to
Magdalen Curson with framed inscription; large marble group by Chantry dated
1821; a series of brasses including one palimpsest, plus many C17, C18 and C19
ledgers to Cursons and others.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, pp,306-8; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire,

Listing NGR: SP6295306319

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