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April 30.

“ The manor formerly belonged to VE small villages of North and the abbey of Abingdon, and was granted

to Owen and Bridges, and by them conthe Northern boundary of Berkshire, veyed, in 1547, to Sir John Williams within one mile

and a half of the city and Sir John Gresham, knts. At a later of Oxford, and about the same dis. period it was for many years in the Per

rot family. It is now the property of tance from each other. The former

Earl Harcourt *." is often called Perry Hink sey, from

In the chancel is a large gravethe usual means of approaching it on the Oxford side. It occupies the base Willis

, gent. who lost his life in de

stone to the memory of Thomas of a portion of the high ground wbich fence of the Royal cause at Oxford, stretches round Oxford from South

Aug. 4, 1641. He was an ancestor east to West, and is washed by a branch of the Isis. Its antient appel- Willis

, who renewed the inscription,

of the celebrated antiquary Browne lation was

Hengestesigge (a path- and recorded on the same stone the way on the side of a hill;") and pre- death of his own son Francis. (See the word is accurately descriptive of the epitaph in Nichols's “ Literary

Anecdotes," vol. VIII. p. 221.) its local situation.

South Hinksey Church is of a more The Church of North Hinksey is recent date; it is small and unintesmall, and of considerable antiquity; resting. The chancel is of modern it is noticed in the “ Beauties of Eug- construction.

X. land and Wales" as follows: “ The Church is a low structure,

Topographical Account apparently of very remote origin: it of the l'arish of Griston in NORFOLK. consists of a tower, a nave, and chan (Concluded from p. 317.) cel.: the South (and only) doorway is of

THE CHURCH. Saxon workmanship. The weathering, PY Domesday Book we learn that or outer moulding, is supported on one

Bi side by the bust of a warrior, and on the lage in the Conqueror's time; but of other is terminated by the rude bead of some animal; within this are four

that building nothing now remains. series of zig-zag, with an inner mould By whom it was first founded I can ing of pellet sculpture, resting on two by no nicans learn; but hope that my moderate-sized pillars, with batched involuntary ignorance will be excapitals. The nave is divided from the cused, since the panies of the founders chancel hy a circular arcb, over which of most parochial churches are now the Creed and Lord's Prayer are in- unkoown. The old Church was described, with the King's arms painted dicated to St. Margaret, and con. in the centre. This Church, and the tained four Guilds, viz. St. John's, St. neighbouring one of South Hinksey, Margaret's, St. Mary's, and St. Pewere formerly chapels of ease to Cum- ter's; there was also a light in the ner, whence they were separated at the church-yard called St. Mary's light. commencement of the last century by William Bateman, Bp. of Norwich, Montague, second Earl of Abingdon.”

approprinted this Church tothe Priory The doorway above mentioned is of Buckenham, in 1349, ou condition under the porch seen in the annexed that the Bishop should always nomiview (see Plate 1.) The singularly date to the Prior, who should present Pointed window near the porch bas the Vicar at his nomination, and also termical heads to its weather mould- pay the Bisbop a yearls pension of ing. The font is of the age of Charles

168. Sd.+ ln 1477 a great part of the II. and has to pretensions to notice. Church was rebuilt as it now stands,

In the church-yard is a plain but an and was then dedicated to St. Peter tient cross, which has sustained no and St. Paul, who had a guild also to other injury than its exposed situa. their honour. The present Church lion subjects it to, excepting, the re is built of fliot and stone, and consists moval of its surmounting emblem. of a chancel, nave, and North porch,

* Lysons's Britannia, I. 293. + In 1550 Bp. Thirlby released to the King the pension due out of this rectory:

In 1492 William Ferror was a benefactor to the guild of St. Peter and St. Paul, and also to the light of St. Mary in the church-yard.—The Vicarage is valued in the GENT. Mac. May, 1817.


all tiled. At the West end of the ruo into ramifications above. These nave stands a noble tower, adorned wiodows were formerly much eoriched on the outside with the emblems of with painted glass. St. Peter and St. Paul. Over the u in a North church window,” says West entrance, which is Pointed, there Mr. Blomefield, “ was the effigies of is a large Pointed window, divided Sir Simon Palmer, with this: into three lights by two inullions, BIRE SIMON PALMVR DE GRESTEEN. which braucb off into various com

Az. a lion ramp. Gu. in chief three parlinents. Shameful to relate, half

cinquefoils Or. of this handsome window is blocked up, doubtless at the suggestion of Or and Az. between six croslels Arg.

Ormesby. Gules, a bend compone some greedy churchwardeu. But, as

Mortimer. Or, fiorelle Sab. and this is not ihe only window which is Caston's arms [Gules, a chev. between thus disfigured, I cannot forbear three eagtes displayed Arg.) quoting a remark of a celebrated live

Gules, six ermines. ing Author, who says, “ It is to be

lo a North window is a priest in a lamented that the wardevship of churches is generally committed to pulpit, preaching to a large congrethe hands of men who, with respect

gation, with this in labels : to science, are complete barbarians ;

Nos predicamur Christum Crucififum. consequently, whenever repairs are And this, necessary, bothing but absurdity and Nonne egt hic qui erpugnabat ? discordancy prevail uoder their di

Some of his audience have the rection.”

word Jesus from their mouths, some I trust that, when the Archdeacon

are kneeling, and others prostrate : of Norfolk next visits this village, he this is perfect, and is a curious painting. will order all the half-blocked-up In another place was the devil with windows to be re-opened. From the cloven feet and asses ears, sitting present appearance of the Church a in a throne as a King, with his crowa stranger might suppose that there is and robes; and a vast press of people either a tax upon church windows, crowd to make their address to him. or that glass is a very scarce article in There are Kings with their crowns on this neighbourhood.

pressing forward, the little devils, There is a winding stair-case on the with long ears and tails, flying over South-east corner.

thein, and this broken label : Mr. Blowefield tells us thàl new

Eraltet cum .... in Ecclesia.” bells were purchased in 1446. - At pre

There are three whole-length, but sent there are four bells thus inscribed:

imperfect figures, in the upper part 1. JOHN DRAPER . MADE . Ne . 1626. of the first North window from the T. Anstey. H. PALMER. CHVRCHWARDENS. chancel: round the beads are these 2. JOHN, DRAPER, MADE . ME . 1610.

inscriptions remaining: 3 and 4 uniuscribed.

1. In principio creavit Deus Cetum The frames io which the bells hang et Terram. are in very bad repair, and ought to 2. Isaias. Ecce Virgo concipiet et be surveyed by the church wardens. pariet filium Usaie. The steeple is leaded.

3. On a cross beam in the roof I found

There are some fragments remaiothis inscription :

ing in the other windows. Upon ex. HS. P. M. BEEKS. 1568.

amining these windows, and come THE NAVE,

paring them with the account which which is separated from the steeple Mr. Blomefield gives of them, I canby a losty Pointed arch, bas three pot but quote the language which the wiadows on the South, aod three on learned Editor of Thoresby used on a the North side.

similar occasivo: “ The glowing coEach window is Pointed, and di- lours of the figures, combined with vided into three cinquefoil-headed their present nutilated state, inspire lights by two stone mullions, which a paivful regrel, that so much taste King's Bouks at 71. 8s. 9d.; and being sworn of the clear yearly value of 281. Is. 6d. it is discharged of First Fruits and Tenths. It paid os, sinodals, and 6s. 8d. proCuracions.



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[Ruine, The principal entrance is by a porch Virgineumque Decus Reparatrix atque on the North side: there is a door Cuncta creans nichilo, Manning suclikewise on the South side: both

curre Johanni, doorways are pointed. The foot, Fac tecum vivat Regno sine fine beato. which is an octangular bason, lived Anno milleno quingenteno quoque terno,

Mensis Septembris obiitque penultima with lead, and perforated at the bot

luce." tom, stands opoo an octangular shaft under the arch between the nave and

There are two grey slabs at the steeple. The North side of the font foot of the reading.desk, brass gode ; bear's this joscription :

one of which, Mr. Blomefield says,

was thus inscribed : “A’o D'ni 1568 was this Steple tope

Orate pro anima Edmundi Buckennewe set up to the greate cost of landed me',”

ham, generosi.” The roof is ceiled between the

On the North side of the nave lies beams; the principals are supported

a large stone, with a cross at each by whole length figures bearing shields.corner: it once belonged to the High The greater part of the seats are

Altar, but now covers the grave of open there are four or five old the Rev. John Borret, formerly Vi. carved pews at the end of the nave.

car of this Church. The other stones, The pulpit and reading-desk, both

which came off the two low altars, very inuch carved, stand against the

are still extant; the one is placed as South wall, between the first and se.

a step in the porch, and the other as cond windows from the chancel. The

a stile at the South-west corner of the pulpit is octangular; the reading. church-yard, the crosses remaining desk has a covering of purple cloth

on tbem. There is another slab laid curiously wrought in needle-work.

near the window, which has been There are many slabs robbed of their

once ornamented with brass. In the brasses, On the South side of the North-east corner there is a pointed font lies a freestone slab uninscribed; door, which formerly led to the roodand on the North side a grey slab, loft. In the South wall, towards the

Nearly opposite the East end of the nave, is a plain piscina, third window from the chancel, lies perforated with a cinquefoil

. another grey slab robbed of the brass,

TAE CHANCEL and below it one upinscribed. A large is separated from the nave by a slab in the middle of the pave bears Pointed arch upon octagonal piliars. this inscription :

'The upper part is blocked up by the Orate pro a'i'a Will'i Palmart, qui Royal arms, with the date 1785; the obiit xvo die Novenibri' a'o D'ni Mo lower part is' orvamented by a neat CCCC. lxxxiiiio cuj' a'i'e p'piciet' De'. open screen. This part of the Church Ame'."

is lighted by two windows to the An old brass in Blomefield's time South, one to the East, and one to

the North. The first window on the was thus inscribed :

South side consists of two pointed “Orate pro anima Alicie Palmer, que lighls. The second window is divided obiit ixo die Decembris anno Domini Mo

joto three cinquefoil-headed lights CCCCO lxxxviiio."

below, and six trefoil-headed lights The following inscription was fore above. In this window was an effigies merly engraved upon à brass plate, of one of the Caston family, in his and inlaid in a stone opposite the first surcoat of arms. The East window window from the chancel:

is divided into four trefoil-headed

brass gone.

* Whitaker.

+ The family of the Palmers are of great antiquity in this town. In 1295 Peter Je Paumer had a good estate here. In 1495 Henry Palmer of Griston gave five acres and half a rood in King's-grove Furlong, for a yereday, to be kept for him and Alice his wife on Whit Monday, as long as the world stands; and tied all his messuage called Gilberds for it. He also gave to the church and town of Griston 10 acres in Griston and Watton Field, 3 roods at King's-grove, 3 rowds at Little Kirk, 2 roods at Kykynham, I acre at Merton-gate, + acre and half at Short wyn's Croft, by the land of the Vicar of Griston on the South.


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