St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005

The church dates from c.1450, although it is likely it replaces an earlier building.  The church is unusual in that it is built largely in the Decorated style at a date when Perpendicular architecture was more in fashion.  The clerestory and south aisle windows are all Perpendicular, as is the unusually high tower.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

Here is a view of the nave looking west towards the soaring tower arch.  The clerestory really adds height and light to the space.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

The font is one of the main treasures of the church and has some wonderful carvings. 

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

Angels kneel at the eight corners of the bowl, while the linking arcades have tiny figures of evangelists, grotesques and even a mermaid.  Beneath the band of quatrefoil carving are eight men with their hands on their knees.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTCSt John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

Here is the pipe organ, which is situated in a vestry to the south of the chancel.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

The chancel is Early English and was restored in 1865.  It has a triple lancet window in the east wall, which is fitted with modern glass.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

Here is a view of the nave looking east into the chancel.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

The steps which originally led to the rood loft are well preserved.  They were rediscovered when a monument was removed for mending, and were fully opened up in 1884 at the time of the construction of the (organ) vestry.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

The nave roof was renewed in about 1847.  It is supported on medieval corbels and has a series of fine carved bosses which are all different.  These were re-gilded in 1966. 

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

The stone heads are fine examples of 15th century work.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

At the west end of the north aisle is a window containing glass representing St George and St Michael.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

Here is a view of the splendid tower from the west.

St John the Evangelist, Tayton, Oxfordshire - 19th June 2005 - MTC

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