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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Cropredy, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 52.1164 / 52°6'58"N

Longitude: -1.3165 / 1°18'59"W

OS Eastings: 446899

OS Northings: 246668

OS Grid: SP468466

Mapcode National: GBR 7S8.9Z3

Mapcode Global: VHCW2.42CF

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 8 December 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1216164

English Heritage Legacy ID: 401484

Location: Cropredy, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX17

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Cropredy

Built-Up Area: Cropredy

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Cropredy

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SP 4646,
14/46

CROPREDY,
CHURCH LANE (East side),
Church of St. Mary the Virgin

08/12/55

GV

I

Church. C13 work in the south aisle and C13 south doorway. Mostly C14 including
porch and west tower. C15 north aisle and chapels, 1877 restoration by E. W.
Christian, Squared, coursed ironstone and ashlar ironstone. Roof covering not
visible. Chancel, nave, north and south aisles north vestry. south porch. west
tower, north and south chapels, 6-window range, Chancel has a 4-light
reticulated east window. South elevation has a priest's door with moulded stone
surround and a 2-light geometrical window, South aisle has 2- and 3-light
Perpendicular or geometrical windows, Gabled south porch has stone parapet and
pointed arched doorway. Plank and nail door. South aisle has stone parapet and
late Decorated cornice carved with heads and ballflower. Five 2-light
perpendicular clerestory windows on north and south. West tower. Crenellated
with staircase turret slightly higher. 3 stages. Diagonal buttresses. String
courses to first and second stages, Panelled, double-leaf door on west with
pointed arched hood mould. Renewed 3-light Perpendicular window above and
2-light Perpendicular windows to bell stage, North aisle has Perpendicular
windows, some renewed. Doorway on right has plank door and pointed arched hood
mould and label stops. C14 vestry on north has a priest's room above with two
small windows, one of which now opens onto the north aisle. Sundial on south
aisle. Diagonal and angle buttresses on south aisle and chancel.

INTERIOR, Nave
has a 5-bay tie-beam roof on corbels, ridge and side purlins, arched braces.
Chancel has a similar roof, partly restored, Chancel has a Decorated and Early
English piscina, Doorway into vestry has a plank and nail door with wrought-iron
hinges. Priest's room (reached via ladder stair) has word panelling. Screen on
north side of the chancel has C14 fragments with flowing tracery. Another screen
around the chapel on the south has the initials of Ann Danvers and the date
1539. C17 communion rail. Nave has tall 4-bay Decorated arcades with piers
without capitals. Perpendicular piscina in north aisle (without a drain) . South
aisle has 2 arched tomb recesses. two fonts, one octagonal C14, the other 1853.
Late C15 style polygonal pulpit said to be dated 1619 (Kell's Directory). Rare
pre-Reformation C15 brass eagle lectern. Fragments of a painted Last Judgement
over the chancel arch. C13 chest with fine decorative ironwork. Chancel has
memorials to Francis Stainer (vicar) d.1735 and William and Abigail Taylor of
Williamscot House d.1733. Wall plaque to Richard H. S. Crossman of Prescote M.P., 1906-1974. South aisle and chapel have memorials to the Danvers and Gostelow
families of Prescote and the Caulcott, Taylor and Loveday families of
Williamscot. Freestone monument in south aisle to Walter Calcott d.1582 and
Alice Calcott. South wall of south aisle has remains of a stone figure of a
Knight in armour. Brass in nave to Priscilla Plant d.1837. North aisle has
classical style marble wall memorial to John Danvers of Prescot, MDCCXXI.
Fragments of C15 glass in north aisle. East window by Lavers. Barrant and
Westlake 1877 and memorial windows by Heaton, Butler and Bayne.

(Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: 1974, pp. 559-60; VCH: Oxfordshire, Vol X.
pp. 171-2: Trans. Bust. and Gls. Arch. Soc. 52 (1930), pp. 45-8: 22 photographs in
Ashmolean Museum Oxford; Tran. North Oxford. Arch. Soc., 1879 pp. 56 and drawings
of mouldings)


Listing NGR: SP4689846667

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