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Church of St Swithin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Welford, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.4413 / 51°26'28"N

Longitude: -1.4335 / 1°26'0"W

OS Eastings: 439472

OS Northings: 171520

OS Grid: SU394715

Mapcode National: GBR 6ZX.JF4

Mapcode Global: VHC1V.31JF

Entry Name: Church of St Swithin

Listing Date: 6 April 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1319533

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39796

Location: Welford, West Berkshire, RG20

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Welford

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Welford with Wickham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text


11/3 Church of St. Swithin
G.V. II*

Church. C10 Saxon tower, 1845-9. Rebuilding and restoration by
Benjamin Ferrey for William Nicholson. Flint, some squared and knapped,
with stone dressings and tiled roofs. Nave, chancel, tower, south aisle,
large north aisle, south porch. Plinth, corner and intermediate stepped
buttresses, gable parapets carved stone eaves cornice with flower ornaments.
Tower:- rough flint Saxon base with long and short quoins and round headed
opening high up on West side beneath small double opening with mid-wall
shaft. Top stage of tower re-built C19 with corner pilasters and two
2-light round headed louvres to each face and crenellated parapet. South
Elevation:- Tower to left, south porch and two 2-light windows, with drip
moulds and carved heads at stops, to Nave. Door and single light pointed
window to chancel. West Elevation:- to left gabled North aisle with 3-light
window with flowing tracery beneath drip mould with carved head stops. Three
trefoil shaped lights form window in the gable beneath a small pointed
louvre. Interior:- Decorated style with much carving. 3 bay nave with
grouped column piers and leaf capitals supporting moulded pointed arches
with carved leaf springers; stone angel corbels supporting double purlin
hammer beam roof with intricate traceried arched braces and papier mache
angels on hammer beans. West wall has ornate traceried entrance to tower
flanked by carved stone canopied niches 2 bay chancel with cusped arch
braced roof and leaf corbels, East window had flowing tracery and depicts
the nativity, dated 1890 above a carved stone reredos of Decorated style
niches. South wall has piscina, sediluim and door. South Aisle, 3 bays
with trusses in the form of carved arches and carved traceried spandrels,
leaf and angel corbels. North aisle of 4 bays, richly ornamented carved
hammer beam roof with cusped arch braces, stone angel corbels and papier
maché elephants on the hammer beams reputedly from the Paris Exhibition
of 1862, double purlin roof with cusped wind braces. Font situated at West
end of nave is carved stone octagon in square with intricately carved
timber pinnacled cover with plaque stating "this font was worked in
New Zealand and shown at the Great Exhibition in 1862" 2 pew ends one
depicting a bishop and the other an angel are said to have been carved
by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. V.C.H. Vol.iv. page 110, B.O.E. Berkshire
p.266, Murray's Berkshire Architectural Guide p.151.

Listing NGR: SU3947271520

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