Alvescot church from the south
of the church
south end of the south chapel was rebuilt in the late 16th or
early 17th century, with a plain three-light window and a high,
moulded plinth, work possibly associated with repairs to lead,
glass, windows and walls financed by a church rate in 1631.
The porch may also have been rebuilt. The remains of a
round-headed doorway in the west wall of the north transept may be
associated with its use by the Turfrey family, who in the 1620s
claimed it as virtually a private chapel,
prompting disputes after pews were erected there
for the lord's servants. The claim was apparently overturned after
it was proven that all parishioners shared in its upkeep.
Family pews were noted also in the south transept,
and a west gallery mentioned in 1866
was perhaps of 17th-century origin. Repairs to the chancel were
mentioned c. 1728, and to the roof in 1807.
A 'thorough repair' in 1811
perhaps involved major alterations to the chancel, said in 1823 to
have been 'rebuilt not many years since':
in the mid 19th century there was no east window and the chancel
had no visible medieval features, two segmental-headed sash
windows in its south wall flanking a modern central doorway.
blocked doorway in north aisle.