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Chapel of St John

A Grade II* Listed Building in Burford, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8091 / 51°48'32"N

Longitude: -1.6388 / 1°38'19"W

OS Eastings: 424996

OS Northings: 212334

OS Grid: SP249123

Mapcode National: GBR 5SW.DJ6

Mapcode Global: VHBZS.JSZJ

Plus Code: 9C3WR956+JF

Entry Name: Chapel of St John

Listing Date: 12 September 1955

Last Amended: 1 March 1990

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1266497

English Heritage Legacy ID: 421459

Location: Burford, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX18

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Burford

Built-Up Area: Burford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Burford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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SP2412-2512; SP2512(Enlargement) Chapel of St John
5/181; 7/181 (Previously listed
12.9.55 with The Burford Priory
and chapel)


Manor House Chapel. 1661-2 for William (Speaker) Lenthall restored 1937
by W H Godfrey. Ashlar with Cotswold stone roof. Rectangular box in
classicized Gothic. 2-bay flanks with 3 Ionic pilaster strips (the outer
ones corner piers) on high plinths; cornice and parapet, North bay with
panel supporting pediment with enriched tympanum. Skelton's engraving
shews a matching arrangement on south window too; end finials with crude
crocket-work. 2 traceried windows with ogee mouldings, the south one a
wheel window in square frame with ogee rosettes in spandrels of trefoil
ends and panels in the spandrels. The right-hand window is of 3-light
with round arches, central heart-shaped light and flanking mouchettes (a
sort of Oxford College Fontainbleau style), also set in square frames with
low relief dragons in spandrels. Shaped gables with tracery-panelled
saddle-stone finials. The south (ritual east) has arched 3-light window
of Serlian proportion but with a wheel-fanlight over. The north gable is
highly enriched with high relief royal arms; Corinthian pilastered
doorcase on 1st floor with pediment, cornice returned from sides, raised
up; ground floor door has lotus caps to plain pilasters and putti and
garland panels in the frieze. Interior: reconstructed plaster barrel
vault (c.1937) with guilloche panels, moulded cornice with egg and dart
bed-mould. Ashlar lined above wood panelled dado, latter restored in deal
with dentil cornice and drapery swagged enrichments to upper panels; main
panels have satin-wood veneer. Black insets to diamond-flag floor. The
main feature is the family pew at North End, with panelled front, recessed
in centre on spiral fluted Corinthian columns with enriched panel bases;
the door is framed by a remarkable sculpture of 2 angels and the burning
bush in deeply undercut stone. The windows are in carved 'panels with
moulded architraves, south window flanked by mural tablets and
B of E Oxfordshire S Sherwood and NP pp 512; Country Life, 4 March 1911,
pp 306-315; 3 June 1939, pp 586-591; Oxoniensia Vol IV 1939, pp 71-88.

Listing NGR: SP2499712334

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