The present nave and crossing fall just outside the scope of this Corpus. The only 12thc. sculpture is on the reset doorway to the 19thc. baptistery, towards the W end of the N nave aisle.
Before the Conquest, Faringdon was held by Harold. In DS it was a demesne of the Crown, one hide, with the church, being in the possession of the Bishops of Salisbury. Subsequently it became a prebend endowed with the hide. This status was retained until the Dissolution.
Round headed, of one order.
L jamb, badly worn angle roll and symmetrical designs on inner (W) and outer (N) faces of jamb, consisting of a beaded band forming semicircles with their bases against the angle roll. Between adjacent semicircles is a lozenge. The band runs from the ground to the impost, but is very worn at the bottom. No capital, but an impost with hollow chamfer below a quirked roll, then an upright face carved, on N, with beaded bands forming three squares, the L one empty, the other two with worn flowers.The entire W face and part of the N face is lost.
R jamb, angle roll with a single spiral reed, and symmetrical designs on inner (E) and outer (N) faces of the jamb, of a vertical row of raised semicircular lobes, their bases against the angle roll, and their centres recessed to form horizontal vesicae. Between adjacent lobes is a lozenge (on the E face) or a roundel (on the N).
Imposts of same form as L jamb. Most of the carving on the N face is worn away, but it may have been the same as the E face, which has a fretted sawtooth design. In the arch, fret of a double fat roll with a reed between.
|h. of opening||1.90 m (to present sill)|
|h. of opening||1.97 m (to ground)|
|w. of opening||1.18 m|
Victoria History of the Counties of England: Berkshire. London. Vol. 4 (1924), 489-99.
C.E. Keyser, 'The Norman Architecture of Berkshire, repr. from Transactions of the Newbury District Field Club, vol. 5 (1911), 20 and pl.XVII.
C.E. Keyser, 'The Norman Doorways in the County of Berkshire', Berks, Bucks and Oxon Archaeological Journal, vol. 6 (1900), 12.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 139-40.