Church of St Mary, Bampton

Church of St Mary, Bampton

Originally a Saxon minster, this large parish church dates mainly from the late 13th century but retains some earlier elements. It has an attractive 13th-century spire and some notable interior decorations. The church is currently starring in the British television series Downton Abbey.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249240
Names
Bampton Church
Bampton Parish Church
Bampton-in-the-Bush Church
Church of St Mary
Coordinates
51.7277820° N, 1.5486860° W
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Aerial view of Church of St Mary, Bampton
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Aerial view of Church of St Mary, Bampton
Aerial view of Church of St Mary, Bampton. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Timeline

12 Sep 1955

Church of St Mary designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Church of St Mary is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1053559
Grade
I
Name
CHURCH OF ST MARY
Location
CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH CLOSE
Parish
Bampton
District
West Oxfordshire
County
Oxfordshire
Grid Reference
SP 31262 03325

SP3003-3103 BAMPTON CHURCH CLOSE (South-west side) 13/56 Church of St. Mary 12/09/55

GV I Church. C10/C11 origins visible in herringbone stonework in tower and stair turret; rebuilt C12 on cruciform plan, with C12 features surviving in tower and transepts; remodelled, with aisles, late C13-early C14; transepts raised and aisles re-roofed C15; Horde chapel remodelled 1702; extensively restored 1868-70 by Ewan Christian, as dated on rainwater heads. Limestone rubble, with stone slate roofs to nave and chancel, and lead roofs to remainder. Cruciform plan with central tower and transept chapels. C15 moulded parapets with carved gargoyles, except to nave and chancel. West end of nave has much restored 5-light window with intersecting tracery, originally early C14, and fine C14 moulded doorway with ballflower and fleuron ornament. Shallow gabled west porch of same date, with wide chamfered arch and gabled side niches. 4-bay aisles are late C13 and have windows with trefoil-headed lights arranged in 3's with taller central lights. External window surrounds are unmoulded but rere-arches are cusped. North and south doorways are also trefoil-headed. North aisle has later buttresses, and gabled stair turret rises from east end. South aisle has C15 battlemented porch with diagonal buttresses and Tudor hoodmould over 4-centred arch. Inside porch are stone side shelves, shallow cusped niche, late C17 memorial tablet, and moulded roof beams. South chapel, to west of transept, has cusped niche over late C13 south window, and C15 and C16 2-light west windows...

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Bibliography

  1. Official Website of Church of St Mary. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.bamptonchurch.org.uk/>
  2. “CHURCH OF ST MARY.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1053559>