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RYCOTE CHAPEL

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A former chantry known as Rycote Chapel, which was founded by Richard and Sibil Quatremayne, and consecrated in 1449. It is built of coursed, squared limestone rubble with ashlar dressings obtained from the Taynton quarries. The chapel includes a chancel, a nave and west tower. The nave and chancel were built as a single structure of five bays delineated by stepped buttresses. The tower is built in three stages with a crenellated top. The roof (which was partly repaired in the 1960s) is of a continuous wagon style and was originally painted. The bench pews and the base of the chancel screen are contemporary with the building. The western gallery, the pulpit and two elaborate canopied pews, including a supported musicians' gallery are dated to circa 1610. The elaborate baroque reredos is dated to 1682 and has four fluted Corinthian columns abd a segmented pediment. There are also barleytwist communion rails of a similar date and later additions include a marble bust of 1767 commemorating James Bertie, Earl of Abingdon, and a plaque to Alfred St. George Hammersley with an inscription by Eric Gill.

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