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Swyncombe, Oxfordshire  -  St Botolph Church
11th century

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Notes in italics from Oxfordshire by Jennifer Sherwood and Nikolaus Pevsner (1974)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.



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A small Early Norman church of flint and stone with patches of herringbone construction, aisleless, ... and an apsidal E end. In 1850 there was a restoration by Ferrey, who inserted two round-headed windows in the apse to correspond with the original one in the N, and lancet windows in the nave in imitation of the C13 lancet to the SE. He also built the S porch. Part of the Norman N doorway remains, now blocked, with plain jambs and a hogbacked lintel. ... 


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Rood screen and loft designed in 1914 by Walter Tapper in C15 style. ... In 1850 wall paintings uncovered in the chancel were repainted following the original outlines, mainly diaper pattern and a band of scroll decoration.


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Part of a Norman pillar piscina standing in the apse. The capital is carved with a head and leaf scrolls forming crockets.
Last picture, nave looking west

 

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