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St Mary Le Bow Heritage Centre, Durham

Description: St Mary Le Bow Heritage Centre

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110304

OS Grid Reference: NZ2747242162
OS Grid Coordinates: 427472, 542162
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7736, -1.5745

Location: Bow Lane, Durham DH1 3EW

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3EW

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW (East side)

14/252 St. Mary le Bow
6/5/52 Heritage Centre
(formerly listed as
Church of St.Mary-


Parish church, now heritage centre. Circa 1685 rebuilding of medieval structure;
1702 tower; C19 repairs and restoration. Coursed squared sandstone with
ashlar plinth and dressings. West tower. 3-bay nave and narrower 2-bay chancel
with north organ chamber. Decorated chancel windows. Perpendicular east and
nave windows. 3-stage tower projects slightly and has chamfered round arch with
dropped keystone under drip mould; round-headed niche above has 2-centred-arched
drip mould; 2-light round-headed belfry openings; battlemented parapet. Stepped
buttresses, diagonal at corners with pinnacles; battlemented parapets to nave
and chancel.

Interior: plaster above high wainscoting with panels and dentilled cornice;
shallow C15 king-post roof trusses; battlemented frieze. Flat 4-centred chancel
arch springing from walls. Stone newel stair in tower. Chancel panelling of
1731 has Corinthian pilasters, cherubs' heads, crossed palms and modillioned
cornice. Panelled west gallery of 1742. Rood screen of 1707 has much leaf and
flower carving of high quality. Communion rail has fat turned balusters. Stall
ends have high relief passion-fruit and flower carving, and poppyheads. C18
font in chancel; C19 Frosterley marble font in west baptistry. Monuments
include marble slab with coat of arms of Thomas Wilkinson and members of his
family, died 1718 to 1733.

Chancery court bench, dated to reign of James I, originated in Palace Green.

Source: W. Page V.C.H. Durham III 1928, reprint 1968, 137-141.

Listing NGR: NZ2747242160

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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