Building record 0213700000 - CHURCH OF ST PETER & ST PAUL, ELLESBOROUGH


Medieval and post-medieval church of St Peter and St Paul at Ellesborough, restored in the nineteenth century.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (II*) 1125881: CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL
  • Planning Notification Area: Medieval parish church of St Peter & St Paul, Ellesborough


Type and Period (1)

  • PARISH CHURCH (Restored 1854-71, 14th Century to 19th Century - 1300 AD to 1899 AD)


Dimensions - Length 0030 m Width 0012
Grade II+. Parish church. Late C14-C15, much restored and externally refaced 1854-71. C19 S. vestry and S. porch. Flint with stone dressings; lead roofs to nave and S. aisle; slated chancel and vestry. W. tower, nave, S. aisle, S. porch, chancel and vestry. Tall tower at W. end of S. aisle has diagonal buttresses, battlemented parapet and semi-octagonal stair turret at S.E. corner. Large paired cusped lancets to bell-chamber, single cusped lights below, 2-light traceried window to W. Nave and S. aisle have moulded parapets and C14-C15 traceried windows with carved head stops to hoodmoulds. Some old stonework in window surrounds but otherwise all detail is C19. Nave has 3-light window and moulded doorway at W. end, and 3 similar windows and blocked moulded doorway to N. S. aisle has single and 3-light windows, moulded door, and gabled porch with carved figures of saints in elaborate ogee niches over arch. Slight projection to centre of aisle has stone roundel carved with coat-of-arms and stylised oak tree. Chancel has similar traceried windows: 2 and 3- light to N; 3-light to E. with ogee cusping to cinquefoil above. C19 cusped lights and door to vestry. Church has imposing site on crest of a small hill. Interior: clunch dressings. Tower has moulded and chamfered arches, of 3 orders to nave, and 2 to S. aisle, on semi- octagonal piers with moulded caps, the label above with reworked carved heads. Similar chancel arch with moulded piers and no label. Moulded surrounds to N. windows. Small cusped ogee niche in centre of N. wall. Chancel has C19 arched doorway to vestry and arch to organ chamber. Clunch piscina with carved spandrels and embattled frieze, much reworked C19. C19-early C20 fittings and glass; 1901 reredos with gilt relief panels and painted shutters. Monuments: fine wall monument to Bridget Croke d.1638, in recess in S. aisle, of black and white marble, with finely dressed effigy reclining on sarcophagus below coffered arch on paired Corinthian columns; brass to Thomas and Sybell Hawtrey 1544; stone tablet in chancel to Robert Wallis 1666. RCHM I p 137-139 Mon.2 (B8).
Church repaired 1852. N aisle described but no trace (B2).
Description of church in 1637 (B3).
Comparison of before & after restoration of 1854 & 1871 (B6).

Sources (8)

  • <1>SBC7621 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 2 PP182-188.
  • <2>SBC14370 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP127-128.
  • <3>SBC5665 Bibliographic reference: GIBBS R 1888 STATE OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE PARISH CHURC HES IN C16 & C17 IN RECSOFBUCKS6P158"".
  • <4>SBC20461 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1908. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume II. Volume 2. pp336-337.
  • <5>SBC12771 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 PP137-139.
  • <6>SBC9936 Bibliographic reference: NIVEN W 1915 BUCKS CHURCHES IN RECSOFBUCKS10PP339-340"".
  • <7>SBC10349 Map: OS 1921 1:2500/1960 1:10560 MAPS.
  • <8>SBC22140 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1985. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. p6.


Grid reference SP 83640 06740 (point)
Civil Parish ELLESBOROUGH, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Jun 6 2022 2:46PM

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