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Description: Church of St Martin
Date Listed: 26 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 100775
OS Grid Reference: SX7789944246
OS Grid Coordinates: 277899, 44246
Latitude/Longitude: 50.2855, -3.7152
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SHERFORD SHERFORD VILLAGE
SX 74 SE
6/78 Church of St. Martin
Parish Church. C14 with C15 porch and fittings, restored late C19 or early C20.
Roughly coursed slate stone rubble walls. Gabled slate roof.
Plan: nave, chancel, north and south aisles with chapels, south porch and west
tower. The main fabric of the church dates from the Decorated period of the C14
although the porch might possibly have been added in the C15. Some of the
fittings and windows date from the C15. A restoration in the late C19 or early
C20 was fairly restrained resulting in little damage to the historic fabric.
Exterior: 3 stage crenellated west tower with diagonal buttresses. 5-sided stair
turret on south side. Belfry openings have 4-centred lights. Simple chamfered 2-
centred voussoir arch on west side with a completely renewed Perpendicular style
window above. North aisle has crenellated parapet. It has 2 stair projections,
one at its west end with a quatrefoil light and a shallower one at the east end
for the rood stairs. The 4 windows to the aisle are of 3-lights with star tracery
in the C14 Decorated style which are largely original although some rendering and
restoration has taken place. The north doorway is under a divided buttress which
forms a porch to it. 3-light Perpendicular window at east end of aisle has been
partly restored and the tall 5-light Perpendicular style east window to the
chancel is a complete restoration. The 2 windows on the south of the chancel and
east end of the south aisle are also Perpendicular but have had their tracery
restored. The south aisle also has a crenellated parapet and a 5-sided rood stair
turret. The windows to the south aisle are of the same Decorated style as the
north aisle but the one to the west of the stair turret is probably a compelete
restoration. Tall crenellated south porch has 4-centred voussoir arch with wide
semi-round moulding and early C19 gates with iron railings and decorative finials.
Interior: south doorway has simple 2-centred chamfered voussoir arch. Identical
north and south C14 arcades with octagonal pillars which have chamfered capitals
and double chamfered 4-centred arches. In each arcade the 3rd bay has a much
taller arch with higher capitals which might be evidence of previously existing
transepts although there is no other evidence. Tall 4-centred tower arch with
high imposts. Trefoil-headed piscina in the chancel, and a similar stoup inside
the south doorway. Inside the north doorway is an ogee-headed stoup. The
internal walls are rendered apart from that at the west end. The roofs are all
complete restorations, a wagon roof to the nave and flat beamed roofs to the
aisles. The medieval screen survives across the width of the church but somewhat
mutilated with the coving removed. The panelling is painted with figures of
saints and apostles. The 2 parclose screens are also preserved but quite heavily
restored. The pulpit is made up of carved timbers which may have been reused from
the screen, or some other early woodwork. On the north wall of the chancel is a
wall memorial to Elizabeth Reynell who died in 1662. The memorial has a slate
slab with Latin inscription, a marble pilaster to either side with a fluted frieze
running across top and bottom surmounted by 3 armorial shields.
Listing NGR: SX7790244248
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Source: English Heritage
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