Church of St Laurence, Lighthorne

Description of this historic site

The Church of St Laurence which was built during the Imperial period. It replaced a Medieval church that had existed on the same site. The church is located on Church Lane, Lighthorne.

Notes about this historic site

1 Built of stone in late 13th century style. Chancel, N chapel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and W tower. The W tower was rebuilt in 1771 and the remainder of the church in 1875-6. The first record of the church is in 1291.
2 Drawing of c1820.
5 From the drawing it appears that the main part of the church, excluding the tower, was completely rebuilt in 1875-6, leaving little or nothing of the original.
6 Photograph.
7 Described.
8 Church reputedly rebuilt twice in 1774 and 1876. Has elements of an older building including 15th century window glass and bells. A 16th century depiction of the martyrdom of St Sebastian has similiarities in design with a window at Fairford Church, Gloucestershire. It was first recorded in Lighthorne Church in 1839 and may hail from Verney Chapel, Compton Verney together with some heraldic glass.
9 Archaeological observation of groundworks prior to construction of WC did not reveal any remains associated with the earlier medieval church.
10 Historical recording of bellframe and bells prior to the dismantling of the old frame

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