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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Aldworth, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.5107 / 51°30'38"N

Longitude: -1.203 / 1°12'10"W

OS Eastings: 455403

OS Northings: 179381

OS Grid: SU554793

Mapcode National: GBR 923.8MZ

Mapcode Global: VHCZ1.39C8

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 24 November 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313119

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39888

Location: Aldworth, West Berkshire, RG8

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Aldworth

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Aldworth

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SU 57 NE
10/6 Church of St. Mary

Church. C12 tower and part nave, early C14 south aisle and part chancel
C19 east wall and south porch. Flint and stone with stone dressings and
tiled roofs. West tower nave, chancel, south aisle, south porch and
north vestry. South Elevation:- to left:- tower with hipped roof and
weathercock, stepped clasping buttresses and 2-light louvre at top; to
centre:- south aisle with gabled porch to left over main door with 2
centred moulded arch, aisle divided into 3 bays by buttresses. East
Elevation:- aisle to left with clasping buttresses and window with 2
centred arch and flowing tracery, drip mould with carved heads at
springing; chancel to right with brick plinth and clasping buttresses,
C19 window with 2 centred arch and plate tracery. Interior:-plastered:-
nave:- 3 bay collar roof, chancel :- timber barrel roof, piscina cusped
arched niche with chamfered surround. south aisle:- 3 bay crown post roof
with scissor bracing, arcade of 2 centred arches with moulded octagonal
piers and carved grotesque animals at springing of arches above the
piers. Tombs:- along south wall three tombs C14 under restored canopies
of ogee arches with decorative cusping, crockets and finals divided by
shafts with tall crocketed finials. Each tomb bears a carved stone
effigy, that to the eastof Sir Philip De La Beche, in centre Lady Joan De La Beche,
to west John De La Beche, Along the north wall three C14 tombs with restored
canopies as described above and carved stone effigies; to the east Sir
Philip De La Beche, centre Sir John De La Beche, west Sir Robert De La Beche,
each knight is in armour with legs crossed and Sir Philip is twisted onto
his side. Under the arcade two tombs with carved C14 effigies, to the
west Lord Nicholas De La Beche in armour with hands joined on chest, to
the east Sir John and Lady Isabella De La Beche. Fittings:- C19 carved
timber screen between nave and chancel; C17 carved timber pulpit with
swags, flowers and ornate strapwork said to have been brought from the
Church of St. Laurence in Reading; lectern in similar style with carved
architectural perspective flowers, fruit and figures; three bench ends of
C14 carving with poppy heads and beasts and three copies of C17 on benches
under the tower; simple stone tub font in south aisle.
Y.C.H. Berkshire vol.iv. p.5. B.0.E. Berkshire p.63-65.

Listing NGR: SU5540679381

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