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Church of St.mary the Less, Durham

Description: Church of St.mary the Less

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110498

OS Grid Reference: NZ2733941955
OS Grid Coordinates: 427339, 541955
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7718, -1.5765

Location: S Bailey, Durham DH1 3EF

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

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Listing Text

NZ 2741 NW (West side)

16/440 Church of St. Mary
the Less


Parish church, now college chapel. C12 rebuilt 1846-7 by Pickering,
incorporating some original material. Irregularly-coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar quoins and dressings; Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings.
Nave and south porch; chancel. Neo-Norman style. 4-bay nave has shallow porch
in second bay: round-headed double door in shafted surround with chevron
moulding under steeply-pitched gable with moulded kneelers. 3 large round-
headed windows have shafts with cushion capitals; sill string; bracketed eaves.
2-bay chancel has moulded surrounds and head-stopped dripmoulds to round-headed
windows, that at left smaller and transferred from original church. Large
round-headed east and west windows. West bellcote has 2 round arches under

Memorial slabs built into south wall under first window to right of porch:
(Frosterley marble) to Dorothy and Frances Carnaby (died 1684 and 1692) and
to right of that, Joan Lever wife of Cuthbert (died 1669).

Interior: plaster above-boarded dado, which has battlemented top, in nave;
chancel plaster above C17 carved panelling which has cherubs' heads, Gothic
tracery and pinnacles. Head corbels support arch-braced collar and king-post
roof, with stencilled stars painted on chancel ceiling. Chancel arch
incorporates chevron moulding and is flanked by 2 lower segments set in wall.
Door has roll-moulded chevron surround; lozenge-moulded drip string on griffin
stops; diaper pattern in panel above to gable. Shouldered- arched
north vestry, door under mandorla with seated Christ and symbols of Evangelists.
Cross-slab in south wall with interlaced 8-arm cross and sword. Painted wood
memorial panels to members of Butler family died 1708 and 1710; and to John
Butler - 'a zealous protestant' - died 1597. Large dark funeral hatchment
over chancel arch. Gothic memorial at west end to Martin Dunn, mayor, died

Listing NGR: NZ2733941955

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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