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Old Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Heythrop, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9468 / 51°56'48"N

Longitude: -1.4889 / 1°29'20"W

OS Eastings: 435223

OS Northings: 227713

OS Grid: SP352277

Mapcode National: GBR 6SN.VT8

Mapcode Global: VHBZ9.4BQF

Entry Name: Old Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 27 August 1957

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1052776

English Heritage Legacy ID: 253261

Location: Heythrop, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX7

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Heythrop

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Heythrop

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

5/80 Old Church of St. Nicholas


Chancel of church, now cemetery chapel. C12 and C15, altered C19. Limestone
rubble with ashlar dressings; Stonesfield-slate roof. 2-bay chancel.
4-centre-arched C15 east window has Perpendicular drop tracery. Square-headed
windows of 2 and 3 lights facing south are also C15 and have cusped lights, deep
casement mouldings and square-stopped labels; between them is a blocked
round-headed lancet above which is a relief of the Agnus Dei, and the south-west
buttress also has a re-set early relief of 2 figures holding crooks. North wall
has a small blocked round-headed window below a small square blocking. West wall
incorporates the C12 chancel arch, with a band of alternating cable mould,
flanked by pairs of round-headed niches, each with roll-moulded arch and jamb
shafts; set into the chancel arch is the C12 former south doorway, with an
elaborate arch of 5 ornamented orders, the jambs including 2 pairs of detached
shafts with waterleaf capitals. Interior: fine trefoil-headed C13 piscina has a
moulded surround, a stone credence shelf and a carving of a bunch of grapes at
the rear. Cinquefoil-headed recess and a blocked round-headed doorway to north.
Butt-purlin roof is probably C17/C18 but has re-used rafters. Elaborate panelled
chest tomb to south of sanctuary has a Purbeck-marble cover with brasses
commemorating John Ashfield (d.1521) and his wife Elenor, and forms part of a
larger monument with the window above, in which they are also shown with their
children in stained glass. Monuments also include a large coloured-marble wall
memorial to George Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury (d.1787) by J.F. Moore, with
an oval relief below an achievment of arms; and a white marble monument
commemorating Mary, the mother of the 15th Earl. The east window also includes
medieval stained glass. Small stone font on a panelled stem may be C17.
(Buildings of England: Oxforeshire: pp696-7; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol XI, pp141-2)

Listing NGR: SP3522327713

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