Foxley: St Thomas, Foxley
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Grade II* listed
Late 13C chancel and tall decorated tower. Pretty entrance porch with 680 year old door and very large key. Two-decker pulpit, box pews and gallery. Decorated screen.
The earliest features here are found outside in the corners of the nave, which were constructed of local ironstone and large flints. Some of the courses show the herringbone pattern, an 11C technique. So the nave has probably not changed since the Saxon period before 1066.
The inner door belongs to the earlier rebuilding period around 1300. Above the door is a Victorian painted text from Psalm 122 – “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord”.
Inside there are six box pews at the front for the farmers and their families, dated about 1710. Behind them are benches with poppy heads, dated about 1610.
There are paintings of four figures on the doors of the rood screen. They are St Augustine of Hippo, St Gregory, St Jerome and St Ambrose. Two have had their faces scratched out by the puritans.
The Regency gallery was added to accommodate the rising population in Foxley.
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