Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul

Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul

Now an Anglican parish church, Dorchester Abbey was originally a cathedral founded by St. Birinus (in 635 CE) and later became an Augustinian abbey. The present building dates from the 12th to 14th centuries and contains some exceptional medieval stained glass and sculpture.

Timeline

18 Jul 1963

Dorchester Abbey designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul 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 Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing.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
1193595
Grade
I
Name
ABBEY CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL
Location
ABBEY CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL, HIGH STREET
Parish
Dorchester
District
South Oxfordshire
County
Oxfordshire
Grid Reference
SU 57927 94196

DORCHESTER HIGH STREET SU5794 (East side) 5/44 Abbey Church of St. Peter and 18/07/63 St. Paul

GV II

Abbey church. C12, C13, C14, tower 1602; restored c.1845 by James Cranston, 1846-53 by William Butterfield and 1859-74 by George Gilbert Scott. Coursed squared limestone rubble with ashlar dressings; stone-slate, old plain-tile and lead roofs. Aisled chancel, nave with south aisle, west tower and south porch. Chancel, which was extended one bay beyond its aisles, c.1340, has deep buttresses, a carved string, to north, and 3 large windows with unique all-over tracery: north, a Jesse Tree; east, 6 lights of Reticulation with a central buttress below a wheel restored by Butterfield; south, 4 lights of elongated Reticulation, with a transom, above 4 small sedilia windows in deep arched recesses. Early C14 south chancel aisle, with gabled buttresses and a south-east angle turret with stone spirelet, has, to east, a pair of 3-light windows with spherical triangles and, to south, four 3-light windows with cusped Intersecting tracery. South wall of late C14 nave aisle has 4 similar windows with plainer buttresses. The C13 south-west angle buttress has 2 tiers of niches, below tall gables, and a stone spirelet. Early Perpendicular south door is in a C15/C16 open porch with Tudor-arched entrance. Similar Perpendicular west door is below a 4-light window with cusped Intersecting tracery, restored by Scott. 3-stage crenellated west tower was largely rebuilt 1602 (date near top), with 3 chequered stone and flint octagonal corner turrets and a deep moulded plinth, but incorporates C12 work in the south-east stair turret and several round-arched windows; belfry openings have plain Y-tracery...

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Bibliography

  1. Official Website of Dorchester Abbey. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.dorchester-abbey.org.uk/>
  2. “ABBEY CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1193595>