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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 16 August 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 102958
OS Grid Reference: ST8064326582
OS Grid Coordinates: 380643, 126582
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0383, -2.2774
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ST 8026 GILLINGHAM HIGH STREET
12/117 Church of St Mary
Parish Church, chancel C14, main body of church 1838-9, west tower 1908-9,
south chapel and vestries 1921. Main body of church by Walker (Pevsner),
tower by C E Ponting and south chapel and vestries by Caroe. Ashlar and
coursed, squared rubble with ashlar dressings. Slate and lead roofs.
Plan: Nave, chancel, west tower, north and south aisles and chapels,
south vestry, north and south porches. Largely in the 'Decorated'
style, windows having curvilinear tracery. Chancel of 5 bays with 2-
light, C19 pointed windows and square-set 3-weathered stage buttresses.
C19, pointed, 4-light east window. Moulded string course with ball-flower
decoration and gargoyles. Nave has 6-bay clerestory with lancets. North
chapel and north and south aisle have windows uniform with those of the
chancel. East window of north chapel, west window of north aisle and
east and west windows of south aisle are of 3-lights under pointed heads
with vertical tracery. 2 storyed porches with coped gables and
chamfered, pointed heads. Above doors and in east and west walls are
windows uniform with those of the clerestorey. 3 stage west tower with
square-set buttresses to lower 2 stages, string courses and embattled
parapet with crocketted corner finials. North face has no division into
stages and has a rectangular vice turret. Pointed, moulded west door.
Pointed, 3-light west-window. Second-stage has 2-light, square-headed
window and round window above. There are blind recesses north and south.
Belfry windows of 2-lights with pointed heads and panel tracery. South
chapel has 2-light, square headed windows with stopped labels and brattishing
above. Internal featuers: 4-centred, chamfered chancel arch on foliage
carved corbels; 2-centred, chamfered tower arch; 3-bay, 2-centred nave
arcades on octagonal piers with capitals and bases; 2 bay north chapel
arcade with 2-centred arches of 2 chamfered orders; 2 segmental-pointed
arches to the south chapel; tie-beam truss nave roof with cusped scissor-
braces, supported on head corbels; chancel has tie-beam truss roof with
king-posts on corbels; south chapel has highly decorated tie beam roof
with king-posts; the south chapel contains much high quality C20 work and
has 2 4-centred head doors to vestry; quatrefoiled piscina in chancel;
C14 restored sedilia; C16 benches and bench ends incorporated in modern
seating; carved reredos of 1925-6 by H P Burke Downing and Nathaniel
Hitch; C15 font with octagonal bowl with paterae - much worn. Monuments
C17, C18 and C19 notably (1) that to Rev John Jesop 1625 and Dr Thomas
Jesop, with two recumbunt effigies under arches with strapwork decoration
(2) To Frances Dirdoe, 1724 - large wall monument with relief of 3 Graces.
(3) To Sir Henry Dirdoe 1724 and others of his family - wall monument by
John Bastard and Co. (4) To Edward Read 1779 - wall monument by
F Lancashire and co.
(RCHM, Dorset vol IV, pp 27-30, no 1. Newman J and Pevsner N, The
Buildings of England: Dorset, Penguin, 1972, p 214/5).
Listing NGR: ST8064126583
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