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


List entry Number: 1053287



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
OxfordshireWest OxfordshireDistrict AuthorityBurford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Sep-1955

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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UID: 254110

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BURFORD AND UPTON CHURCH LANE AND SIGNET SP2512 (Enlargement) Church of St John the 7/8 Baptist 12.9.55


Anglican Parish Church. C12 (? earlier origins) developed to present complex plan by late C15. Heavily restored by Street in 1870s, one of the cases which led to William Morris's founding of the SPAB. Coursed rubble and ashlar too (especially tower and Gild Chapel), lead and copper roofs concealed by parapets large Cotswold wool church; roughly cruciform in plan with central tower and spire. 5 bay aisled and clerestoried nave, N. and S. chapels, 3 storey S. porch and the Gild chapel to S.W. Outside first. Of the C12 the mighty crossing tower and the mid-C12 door at West end with its typical inner order of beak-heads and outer order or chevron, see also chevron window surrounds to tower. Otherwise largely Perpendicular in appearance; the clerestory, the heightening of the tower and addition of spire envisaged by 1396. The S. porch is magnificent with its elegant tracery-panelled facade, crocketed finial and canopy work; 3 large figures with C19 heads. The Gild Chapel, started in the early C13, extended to the West and was incorporated with the church (having been previously separate) in the C15, when it was reduced from the West; Early English S. door with defaced Rood over. Through the fan-vaulted porch to the interior. Low C12 crossing arches, partly blocked to N. and S. to support added weight of tower and spire: the C12 billet mould and roof- lines can be traced, they continue across the stair-turret at S.W. Corner which partly masks the W.crossing arch - the tympanum of its doorway matches the design of the adjacent caps so the irregularity was presumably an error in design and not an accident of history. Tall arches with C15 label-heads with amusing hats. C15 tie-beam roof. Weird caps to arcades opening into non-parallel Gild Chapel (empiric solutions). Between the S. transept and the porch, the Chapel of St Thomas of Canterbury raised on a crypt; some wall-paintings survive. At the E.end of the N. arcade a chantry with (restored) polychrome wooden screens and stone canopy over altar (now the Chapel of St Peter, restored by Street in 1873). The S. transept and S. chapel, unusually, retain their clutter of tomb-chests, a large one in the S. transept with colour and shield-bearing angels under crocketed canopies. Wide many-cusped relieving arch on E. wall of S. transept. Magnificent Tanfield monument in N. chapel 1628 with cadavers below and a wrought-iron palisade. Very numerous fittings: excellent font with Rood, Perpendicular pulpit (restored 1870), mediaeval glass in W. and E. windows' tracery lights, Hardman E. window, much Kempe glass and a lot of memorials. The best known of these are to Christoper Kempster (died 1715, a local quarry-man and favourite of Wren, who used him at St Paul's), and the c.1569 Harman memorial on N. wall with its Gill-like Red Indians in relief on the N. wall. In the Gild Chapel the S. wall is lined with roughly similar pedimented tomb-chests mostly to the Sylvester family; a similar chest in S. choir aisle. B. of E. Oxfordshire by J Sherwood and N P (1974). M. S. Gretton: Burford, Past and Present (Revised 1945).

Listing NGR: SP2531312405

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Gretton, M S, Burford Past and Present, (1945)
Pevsner, N, Sherwood, J , The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, (1974)

National Grid Reference: SP 25313 12402


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