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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lyford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.6455 / 51°38'43"N

Longitude: -1.4376 / 1°26'15"W

OS Eastings: 439011

OS Northings: 194230

OS Grid: SU390942

Mapcode National: GBR 6XD.WXF

Mapcode Global: VHC0P.1WCX

Plus Code: 9C3WJHW6+6X

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 9 February 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1199327

English Heritage Legacy ID: 249631

Location: Lyford, Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire, OX12

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Lyford

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Lyford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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SU39SE (South side)
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Church. Early C13: early C16 clerestory: restored 1875 by Ewan Christian.
Uncoursed limestone rubble: gabled nave roof of sheet lead, and chancel roof of
old and C20 tiles. Nave and chancel. East lancet window of 1875: 2-bay chancel
side walls have C13 pointed lancets, and C16 light to south and C13
trefoil-headed light to north. 2-bay south wall of nave has central C13 pointed
chamfered blocked doorway flanked by C13 pointed lancets: two early C16 two- and
3-light round-arched clerestory windows. North wall: C13 lancet to east, C13
finial pointed chamfered doorway to C19 door; mid C19 timber porch has reset C15
oak archway to front; similar clerestory windows. Circled cross east on west
gable: geometrical west window of 1875: west belfry has mid C19 weatherboarding
and pyramidal Welsh slate roof. Interior: chancel has C13 piscina with
foliate-carved credence shelf, C13 aumbry and mid C19 tile floor and benches.
Chancel arch of 1875. Jacobean pulpit has stylised tulips set within blind
arches. C15 octagonal font on shelf. Seven C17/C18 benches to north, similar C19
benches to south. 4-bay tie-beam roof with arch-braced posts supported on
corbels. Heavy C15 oak posts strengthened by ogee scissor braces rise to support
the belfry which is probably early C16 (dating from insertion of clerestory).
Early C16 four-bay Perpendicular screens, originally rood screen moved to flank
belfry posts at west end.
(V.M. Howse, Lyford: A Parish Record, pp.12-17; Buildings of England: Berkshire,

Listing NGR: SU3901194230

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