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Cherwell (District Authority)
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SP 43572 43575


HANWELL CHURCH LANE SP4343 (South side) 24/77 Church of St. Peter 08/12/55


Church. Almost entirely rebuiit in the C14. North and south doorways of C13. Tracery in window in south aisle dates from the C13 and is probably re-sited. Clerestory added in late C14/early C15 and new roof constructed. Late C18 repairs. Ironstone ashlar. Stone slate roof laid to diminishing courses. Chancel, nave, north and south aisles, south parch, west tower. 5-window range. Chancel, 2-light Decorated windows and a blocked window. 5-light east window with intersecting tracery. Small 4-centred arched doorway on north now blocked. pointed arched hood moulds. Lively frieze of monsters and humans or a combination of both c.1340 by the north Oxfordshire group of masons (see churches at Horley, Adderbury, Bloxham). Nave has three 2-light Perpendicular clerestory windows on both north and south. North aisle. Three 4-light Cl6 windows and C13 east and west windows have flowing or reticulated tracery. South aisle has a 3-light Decorated west window, a 3-light geometrical east window and windows with; Intersecting tracery to left and right of porch. South porch. Gabled, Diagonal buttress. C13 doorway. Plank and batten door with inner door. Stone ledge seats. 2 blocked windows. Tower of 2 stages with cranailated parapet. Higher stair tower with slit windows. 2-light Perpendicular windows. Chancel. All windows have slender jamb shafts. Vault made under the chancel in 1776 and floor raised to the level of the Decorated piscina and sedilia. 3-bay butt-purlin, tie beam roof. Altar rails of 1686. 3-bay north and south nave arcades. On the north the capitals have crenellated cresting, on the south there are figures of minstrels playing musical instruments. (Similar carvings at Adderbury, Bloxham and Drayton). North aisle roof renewed. South aisle roof restored retaining original tiebeams. South aisle. Piscina and credence table. In the south-cast corner a stone angle fireplace with chimney vent in the form in a pinnacle with gabled crocketed openings. North aisle. Stone carved rerados and Decorated piscina. 2 small square recesses. Tub shaped font of c.1200 with a final. intersecting arcading. Wooden Jacobean cover with 4 scrolls supporting a finial Alabaster tomb effigy to William Cope and wife in chancel wall. Memorials to Jonathan Cope d1765, Mary d.1753, Jonathan d.1763. Cartouche commorating Charles Cope 1781. Hatchment in south aisle and wall memorial to Harris family member. North aisle has marble wall memorial to Reverand Thomas Gill d.1771 South aisle. Tomb effigy Brass to Fitzherbert Potter, DD; 1749. Ironstone chest tomb commorates George Ashwell, d.1693. Balusters at corners and decorated with cornucopia. Recess in chancel has funeral helms of the Cope family. Creed and the Lord's Prayer painted on the wall in the south aisle. Clock of 1671. Door to bell tower of plank and nail construction with strap hinges. (Buildings of England; Oxfordshire: 1874, p631; VCH; Oxfordshire; Vol IX, pp120-2; Jnl Brit. Arch. Assoc. XXVII (1921); pp129-152, photographs in NMR)

Listing NGR: SP4357043576


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974), 631
Salzman, L F, The Victoria History of the County of Oxford, (1969), 120-2
'Journal of The British Archaeological Association' in Journal of The British Archaeological Association, , Vol. 27, (1921), 129-152


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 18 Jul 2007
Reference: IOE01/14380/34
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