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Sherwood-Pevsner 1974

The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire

The following text is the Souldern entry from The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire by Jennifer Sherwood and Nikolaus Pevsner, 1974.

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ST MARY. Of the small mid-C12 church the N wall and N door-way remain. Norman tower and tower arch rebuilt by Bodley in 1906, using the old materials. The Norman church had an apsidal chancel (foundations discovered 1896). A s aisle was added In the late C12 — cf. the re-used scalloped capital at the base of the present W pier. The foliage and carved head on the responds of the chancel arch indicate a rebuilding of c.1300. n the early C14 the s aisle was rebuilt, re-using the Norman round piers but with new pointed arches and the capitals of the responds carved with heads. The corbel-table of similar heads on the wall was added by Rickman in the early C19. Dec PISCINA and Dec windows with good tracery, w window of three lights with intersecting tracery enclosing spherical triangles, quatrefoils, and trefoils. Dec too the square-headed windows on the N. Perp clerestory. The chancel was rebuilt in the C18 and again in 1897 by Sir Ninian Comper.— WALL PAINTING On the N wall remains of a huge St Christopher;

C15. — PLATE. Cromwellian Chalice; Paten, 1633: Flagon, 1790. — BRASSES to Thomas Warner † 1514, a 13¼ in. figure, and an an unknown woman, C16, 8½ in. Also a heart with scrolls, c.1460. The original inscription has been replaced by a C16 inscription to J. Throckmorton.

ST JOSEPH (R.C.). 1870 by Charles Hansom, partly re-using an old stone coach house. The new part is of brick, in Gothic style.

RECTORY. 1890 by E. G. Bruton.

MANOR HOUSE. Probably late C17; it once had the date 1665. carved in one of the rooms. W front with two projecting gable Wings with pineapple finials and later sash-windows, still with square labels. The recessed central block has urns on a plain parapet. Doorway with shouldered architrave and pediment

SOULDERN HOUSE. An irregular C7 house with a Georgian façade of three bays and two storeys. A back doorway has fine early C18 shell hood on brackets. In the garden a GAZEBO dated 1706.