St Nicholas

    Address

  • Church Lane
  • Islip
  • OX5 2SD

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  • Main Description

    Grade I listed.

    Late C12 origins. Building materials consist of Limestone
    ashlar and rubble with ashlar dressings. The roofs are of Stonesfield-slate and artificial
    stone-slate.

    Central features include an aisled nave, chancel, north-east vestry, south porch and west
    tower.The chancel, of squared coursed rubble, now has C19 windows in Geometrical
    Decorated style: a 3-light east window and 2-light windows to north and south,
    all with foliage stops to the hood moulds. The hipped-roofed vestry to north
    incorporates a small lancet which may be medieval. The narrow south aisle with a
    steep double-pitched roof, has a 2-light Decorated east window and 2 similar
    windows to south. The porch, with arcaded side windows, is C19 but shelters the
    C14 south doorway which has continuous mouldings. The west gable wall of the
    aisle contains a small C11/C12 window. The broader north aisle, also with a
    steep double-pitched roof, has 4 large 3-light windows with good geometrical
    tracery, mostly renewed; the blocked north doorway has continuous wave mouldings
    either side of a three-quarter hollow moulding.

    The fine ashlar 3-stage C15 tower, with diagonal buttresses and crenellated parapet has a 3-light 4-centre
    arched west window, with intersecting tracery and a wide casement moulding,
    above a Tudor-arched door with quatrefoils in the spandrels and a label mould;
    the top stage has large 2-light bell-chamber openings with Perpendicular tracery
    and transoms; the crocketted corner pinnacles have panelled sides.

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