Building record 0449300000 - ALL SAINTS CHURCH, HIGH WYCOMBE

Summary

Medieval and post-medieval parish church of All Saints, High Wycombe

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (I) 1125180: CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS

Map

Type and Period (1)

  • PARISH CHURCH (Restored 1873-5 and 1887-9, 13th Century to 19th Century - 1200 AD to 1899 AD)

Description

Dimensions - Length 0060 m Width 0024
PROB C12 CHURCH ON SITE - CHANCEL, NAVE, CENTRAL TOWER & N & S TRANSEPTS. C.1275 N CHAPEL, N & S AISLES & S PORCH ADDED, NAVE & CHANCEL LENGTHENED & N & S TRANSEPTS INCORPORATED IN AISLES. W TOWER BEGUN MID C15. 1509/10 CENTRAL TOWER TAKEN DOWN, E BAYS OF N AISLE, ARCADES INSERTED & CHANCEL ARCH REBUILT (B7).
Grade I. Originally Norman, rebuilt 1273, heightened and altered C15. The tower, originally over the crossing, was rebuilt at the west end circa 1521-35 under supervision of a certain Roland Messenger; cornice, parapet and pinnacles added circa 1755 by Henry Keene. Restored by G E Street, 1873-5, and by J Oldrid Scott 1889-9. Impressive architectural wall monument in north chapel to 1st Earl of Shelburne, 1754 by Scheemakers. Other monuments include one to Sophia Countess of Shelburne, 1771 by Agostino Carlini in south chapel, Shrimpton monument by Westmacott, 1784. The church is long with slender pillars to arcades of lofty nave. South porch of circa 1275 (B10).
Watching brief by John Moore Heritage Services in March 2013 during test pitting in and around the south porch identified the 13th century mortared flint foundations of the porch and its butresses, which had been repaired with yellow brick in the late 19th century and a layer of broken slate and concrete bedding provided for the internal floor slabs and the external flagstones. See report for detail (B20).
Recording of the bell frame before and during removal and replacement was carried out in December 2011 and March 2012 by Oxford Archaeology. The existing bell frame had been built for a peal of 12 bells in 1909, with repairs and the insertion of a 13th bell in 1963. The remains of an older wall plate survived. See report for detail (B21).
Externally there were a number of deposits that probably represent an early grave soil horizon into which the foundations of the church constructed in 1273 were excavated(B22)

Sources (23)

  • <1>SBC7340 Bibliographic reference: LANGLEY T 1797 HISTORY & ANTIQUITIES OF THE HUNDRED OF DESBOROUGH PP34- 54.
  • <2>SBC7804 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 3 PP649-652.
  • <3>SBC11629 Article in serial: E J Payne. 1866. 'BUILDING OF WYCOMBE CHURCH IN C11', IN RECS OF BUCKS 3 PP140-143. Vol 3.
  • <4>SBC4306 Article in serial: R S Downs. 1895. 'HIGH WYCOMBE PARISH CHURCH', IN RECS OF BUCKS 7 PP264-283. Vol 7.
  • <5>SBC14789 Bibliographic reference: ST JOHN HOPE W H 1903 NOTES ON THE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY OF ALL SAINTS PARISH CHURCH, WYCOMBE, IN R.
  • <6>SBC15657 Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 3 PP129-134.
  • <7>SBC12793 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 PP194-197.
  • <8>SBC10463 Map: OS 1975 1:1250 MAP.
  • <9>SBC10628 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARD.
  • <10>SBC3604 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1973. LIST OF BUILDINGS OF SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL OR HISTORIC INTEREST: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: WYCOMBE DISTRICT: BOROUGH OF HIGH WYCOMBE. p18.
  • <11>SBC776 Article in serial: Arnold Baines. 1988. 'SAINT WULFSTAN IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE', IN RECS OF BUCKS 30 PP42-52. Vol 30.
  • <12>SBC6096 Bibliographic reference: HARDY A (OXFORD ARCHAEOLOGICAL UNIT) 1993 HIGH WYCOMBE ALL SAINTS CHURCH: HWAS 93 (SITE ARCHIVE FILE.
  • <13>SBC6406 Verbal communication: HILLS J (1997).
  • <14>SBC4749 Verbal communication: FARLEY M (BCM) 1997.
  • <15>SBC15212 Bibliographic reference: UNSIGNED & UNDATED PLANS OF CHURCH IN ?1993 GUIDEBOOK IN BUCKS ARCH SOC COLLECTION (BOX 5C/H) (COPY.
  • <16>SBC19717 Article in serial: CBA South Midlands Group. 1995. South Midlands Archaeology 25, 1995. No 25. p32.
  • <17>SBC19121 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeological Unit. 1998. All Saints Church, High Wycombe: Archaeological Recording Action.
  • <18>SBC19120 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeological Unit. 1998. All Saints Church, High Wycombe: Archaeological Watching Brief.
  • <19>SBC13792 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1995. AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION AT 41-43, CASTLE STREET, HIGH WYCOMBE.
  • <20>SBC24396 Unpublished document: John Moore Heritage Services. 2013. Archaeological Watching Brief at All Saints' Church, High Wycombe.
  • <20>SBC25348 Unpublished document: John Moore Heritage Services. 2015. Archaeological Watching Brief (2013, 2015) at All Saints' Church, High Wycombe.
  • <21>SBC24414 Unpublished document: Oxford Archaeology. 2012. All Saints Church, High Wycombe: Recording of Bell Frame.
  • <22>SBC25348 Unpublished document: John Moore Heritage Services. 2015. Archaeological Watching Brief (2013, 2015) at All Saints' Church, High Wycombe.

Location

Grid reference SU 86571 93089 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish HIGH WYCOMBE, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (5)

Related Events/Activities (3)

  • Event - Survey: Recording of Bell Frame (Ref: HIALL11) (EBC17604)
  • Event - Intervention: Watching brief - South porch of All Saints' Church, High Wycombe (Ref: HWAS 13) (EBC18237)
  • Event - Intervention: Watching Brief (Ref: HWAS 13) (EBC17588)

Record last edited

Feb 1 2021 8:17AM

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