Information for record number MWA1264:
Church of St Thomas a Becket, Ettington

Summary The Church of St Thomas a Becket which was built during the Imperial period. Everything but the tower was demolished in 1913. The tower has now been converted into a dwelling. The Church was located on the north west edge of Ettington, on Banbury Road.
What Is It?  
Type: Church, Tower, Mausoleum
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Ettington
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 26 49
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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1 Built in 1798 and demolished, except for the tower, in 1913. A stone in the graveyard marks the site of the Shirley transept, 1800-1913. Had the reputation of being the ugliest church in the county.
2 1795-8 by Thomas Johnson. Only the tower and the nave W wall survive. The details were of the elementary Gothic of c1800.
3 The tower is still standing and is being converted into a private residence, using stone from the foundations of the church.
4 Press cutting about conversion.
5 Letters about the press cutting in
6 Watching brief undertaken at the site of the church. Some human remains were located, although the foundations had been designed to avoid graves. The footprint of the former church had been uncovered, along with a 19th century mausoleum (the Shirley Crypt), built into the church on its south-east side.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 5, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1965
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Volume/Sheet: 5
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: The Buildings of England: Warwickshire
Author/originator: Pevsner N and Wedgwood A
Date: 1966
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Warwicks
Source No: 5
Source Type: Correspondence
Title: St Thomas a Becket Church, Ettington
Author/originator: Morris, R. K., Dr
Date: 1975
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Newspaper/Magazine Article
Title: Ettington Church
Author/originator: Sunday Express
Date: 1975
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Source No: 6
Source Type: Observation Report
Title: St. Thomas a Becket House, Ettington, Warwickshire: Archaeological Evaluation and Watching Brief
Author/originator: Paul Collins and Dave McNicol
Date: 2008
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: SMW
Date: 1979
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 790
The tower of the Church of St. Thomas a Becket, Ettington
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1966
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source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument YARD * A paved area, generally found at the back of a house. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CRYPT * A vault, often located under a chancel or chancel aisle, containing an altar and usually used for burial. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FOOTPRINT * An impression made in soft ground by a passing animal or human. The soft ground may have subsequently hardened. back
monument DWELLING * Places of residence. back
monument TOWER * A tall building, either round, square or polygonal in plan, used for a variety of purposes, including defence, as a landmark, for the hanging of bells, industrial functions, etc. Use more specific type where known. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument MAUSOLEUM * A monumental burial place, usually for a single person or family. back
monument HUMAN REMAINS * The unarticulated remains of the body of a human being. If articulated use inhumation. back
monument WALL * An enclosing structure composed of bricks, stones or similar materials, laid in courses. Use specific type where known. back

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