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Alvescot, Oxfordshire
 
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Alvescot's trees and meadows frame a picture balanced by a charming gabled house, a great cedar at one end and a clerestoried church with a 15th century tower and gabled roofs at the other. There are stone seats in the 14th century porch, part of a 14th century reredos built into a wall, transept peepholes for the altar, and a 13th century font. Set in the splays of one of the windows are two stone reading desks, and among the stained glass are pictures of Our Lord as the sower and Ruth as the reaper. By the fine panelled pulpit is the stand of the old hourglass, and some of the original tie-beams are still in the black and white roof of the nave. On a transept wall are the brass portraits of a 16th century family with Alice Malorye, her husband, and their children, she in a brocade dress with puffed sleeves and ruff, her daughter in a neat bonnet, the father in a rich gown with his little boy in a belted coat.
The King's England Oxfordshire (1942) by Arthur Mee. Original transcription by CuriousFox, and edited for identification purposes.


 
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