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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Piddington, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8478 / 51°50'51"N

Longitude: -1.0723 / 1°4'20"W

OS Eastings: 463999

OS Northings: 216980

OS Grid: SP639169

Mapcode National: GBR 9ZJ.5PG

Mapcode Global: VHCXC.CTGC

Plus Code: 9C3WRWXH+43

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 7 December 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1233014

English Heritage Legacy ID: 408435

Location: Piddington, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Piddington

Built-Up Area: Piddington

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Piddington

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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11/136 Church of St. Nicholas



Church. Late C13, C15 and C16; restored 1855 and by J.O. Scott in 1898. Random
and coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; old plain-tile and
Welsh-slate roofs. Chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and west tower. C13
chancel, with plinth and stepped angle buttresses, has an east window of 3
grouped trefoiled lancets below an outer arch, and, to south, has 2 similar
2-light windows with trefoils in their heads; all have engaged shafts supporting
tracery rolls; to north is a similar lancet plus a 2-light C15 window, and there
is a C14 priest's door to south. South aisle has 2 plain lancets, possibly
re-used, plus a C14 window of 2 ogee-headed lights; a similar window facing west
may be C19. C19 porch, with square traceried openings, shelters a C14 doorway
with continuous moulding. North wall of nave has heavy buttresses, 2
square-headed windows (one with Perpendicular tracery) and a single light
contemporary with the tower. 2-stage C16 tower, with diagonal buttresses and
crenellated parapet, has single-light bell-chamber openings and 2-light west
window, all with 3-centred arches, and has a 4-centre arched west doorway with
shields in the spandrels. Interior: chancel windows have internal shafts and
trefoiled rere arches, to east with the cusps pierced with trefoils. The C14
two-seat sedilia is sumptuously carved with foliage and ballflower ornament and
has cinqufoiled arches, tall canopies and pinnacles; matching canopies to the
piscina and the altered priest's door have been mutilated. An Easter sepulchre
to north is carved with winged cherubs. C19 chancel arch. 4-bay C14 south arcade
has octagonal piers with moulded capitals. Medieval octagonal chalice-shaped
font. C18 turned communion rails. Monuments include 3 early-C18 Baroque wall
tablets, 2 carved with weeping figures, to members of the Walker family.
Fragmentary painting of St. Christopher on north wall of nave.
(V.C.H.: Oxfordshire, Vol.V, p.257; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, p.731).

Listing NGR: SP6399916980

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