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Church of the Holy Cross

A Grade I Listed Building in Avening, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6806 / 51°40'50"N

Longitude: -2.1755 / 2°10'31"W

OS Eastings: 387960

OS Northings: 197998

OS Grid: ST879979

Mapcode National: GBR 1ND.NS4

Mapcode Global: VH95C.70RZ

Plus Code: 9C3VMRJF+6Q

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Cross

Listing Date: 6 September 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1341564

English Heritage Legacy ID: 128287

Location: Avening, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL8

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Avening

Built-Up Area: Avening

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Avening Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Church. Late Cll with later medieval additions (transepts probably
of late C13) and restored in 1902 by John Micklethwaite. Rubble
stone with some ashlar work in tower, Cotswold stone slate roof.
Cruciform with 2-bay north aisle and 2-storey porch in north west
corner. 3-stage embattled tower stepping in at each string course,
with square clock faces to east and north set on diagonal, 2-light
belfry windows on 2nd stage with hoodmould and decorative stops
except for west side which has 2 blocked round arched openings cut
into by nave roof. Complex buttressing to south east corner of
tower. Chancel has decorative ball frieze under eaves; roof line
has been lowered. Below 3-light east window on outer wall of
chancel is finely carved commemorative stone set into wall with
oval panel surmounted by an urn and drapery, inscription
Interior: Large Norman doorway inside porch has chevron arch
supported on twisted shafts with carved capitals, with C16 doorway
inserted. 2-bay Norman arcade has single large cylindrical pier
with scalloped capital. West tower arch has Norman shafts but
later pointed arch, chancel arch Norman with round arch and
scalloped capitals. Early English transept arches with deep semi-
circular windows above each. First bay of chancel is Norman with
half roll ribs set on flat projection, remaining bays early C14
with ridge ribs and carved bosses. 2 blocked Norman windows in
easternmost bay; tracery mainly Decorated except for C18 west
window. Nave has C14 timber wagon roof. Nave altar on south side
has holy table of 1657. East window by Clayton & Bell 1889, 2 nave
windows c1908 by Christopher Whall. Many monuments in transepts.
In north transept, kneeling effigy of Henry Brydges of Avening
Court (q.v.), died 1615, and other C17 stone tablets and C18 and
C19 marble. In south transept, series of C17 monuments to Driver
family in vigorous style. (David Verey, Buildings of England,
Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds 1979.)

Listing NGR: ST8795898002

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