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Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade I Listed Building in Wardington, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 52.1132 / 52°6'47"N

Longitude: -1.2842 / 1°17'3"W

OS Eastings: 449113

OS Northings: 246335

OS Grid: SP491463

Mapcode National: GBR 7SB.D4Y

Mapcode Global: VHCW2.P4GW

Plus Code: 9C4W4P78+78

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 8 December 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1228671

English Heritage Legacy ID: 403280

Location: Wardington, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX17

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Wardington

Built-Up Area: Wardington

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Wardington

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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SP4846 (West side)
15/182 Church of St. Mary Magdalene


Church. C12 origins in chancel which is otherwise C14. C13 nave arcades. Late
C13 north and south aisles and south doorway and sanctus bellcote. C14 vestry.
C15 west tower and clerestory. Restorations in 1887, 1889, (by Ewan Christian,
architect) and 1914-2. (Franklins of Deddington builders and W.T. Loveday
architect). Squared, coursed ironstone. Lead roofs. Chancel, nave, north and
south aisles, west tower, south chapel, north vestry. 7-window range. Chancel.
2-light Perpendicular windows on north. 4-light window with intersecting tracery
on east has renewed stone mullions. 2-light Early English windows on south with
pointed arched hood moulds and head stops. South aisle windows to right of porch
include a stepped triple lancet, 3-light Perpendicular and Decorated windows and
a trefoiled lancet. Priest's doorway has cambered arched head, hood mould and
plank door. To left of porch a renewed 3-light lancet window. Gabled stone
porch. South doorway has pointed arched head and plank door. North aisle has a
pointed arched doorway with plank door. Two 2-light lancet windows and a
Decorated window with flowing and reticulated tracery. North and south
clerestoreys have three 2-light Perpendicular windows with hood moulds and label
stops. C15 vestry on north. Single stack. West tower. 3 stages with a
crenellated parapet and diagonal buttresses. West entrance has a pointed arched
doorway with plank door. 3-light Perpendicular window to first stage. 3 blocked
lancets above and 2-light louvred Perpendicular window to bell-stage. Stone
plinth. Interior. Nave and chancel have restored arched tie beam roofs. North
and south aisles have renewed roofs. Chancel. Decorated piscina. Pointed arched
head to C14 vestry doorway has plank door and strap hinges. Chancel arch is
decorated with responds with wave moulding. Impost of C12 chancel arch reset
behind pulpit. 5-bay north and south nave arcades. Responds of the east arch of
the north arcade C12 with large grooved imposts. C13 double chamfered arches and
round piers with square bases. The 2 west piers on the south of quatrefoil
section are probably C14. South chapel. Screened from the aisle and open to the
chancel through a wide C14 arch with half-octagonal responds. A Decorated and a
Perpendicular piscina. Screen in the south aisle partly C14, the base and
cresting renewed. Screen between chancel and south chapel incorporates C14
tracery. Monuments. In the south aisle 2 arched C14 tomb recesses, and a C14
slab with a foliated cross. Floor brass to Henry Freebody d.1444. South chapel
monument to George Denton d.1757 and 4 floor slabs to members of the
Chamberlaine family and memorials to the Wardle, Loveday and Wallace families.
The chancel has a marble wall tablet to Edmund French d.1776, and glass
commemorating the Chamberlain family. Font, octagonal and dated 1666. Renewed
C19 font cover, Hatchment in south aisle.
(Buildings of England: 0xfordshire 1974, pp822-3; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol X,

Listing NGR: SP4911146334

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