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© Mr Richard Swynford-Lain

IoE Number: 39694
Photographer: Mr Richard Swynford-Lain
Date Photographed: 27 March 2002
Date listed: 10 November 1983
Date of last amendment: 10 November 1983
Grade II*

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WOOLHAMPTON UPPER WOOLHAMPTON SU 56 NE 3/10 Douai Abbey Church GV II* Church. 1928-33, by J Arnold Crush. Red brick with stone dressings, string course carried up over windows as hoodmould, plinths and parapets of chequered flint and stone; tiled choir roof, others not visible. Free Curvilinear Gothic style. Choir, aisles, north aisle chapel and Lady chapel with polygonal apse. Choir: 2 bays, that to east short. 4-light aisle windows, those to east 2-lights; 2-light clerestory windows, those to east of one light; clerestory to east with central 3-light window flanked by cusped lancets. Low chapel projecting from western bay to north with two 2-light windows. Newel turret to north-east of choir with parapet and lancet openings. Temporary west end with 3 lancets and circular window above lean-to proch. Lady chapel: 3 bays, 3-light windows; east window of 4 lights. Interior: ashlar faced and stone vaulted throughout. Choir arcades with moulded bases and capitals, and moulded arches. The church remains unfinished. J. Arnold Crush was a pupil of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Douai is a Benedictine Abbey. BOE; Berkshire, p. 312; Berkshire Architectural Guide, Betjeman and Piper, Murray, 1949, p. 156.

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