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Church of St John the Baptist, Danbury

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 April 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 112484

OS Grid Reference: TL7793005119
OS Grid Coordinates: 577930, 205119
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7166, 0.5743

Location: 53 Main Road, Danbury, Essex CM3 4DJ

Locality: Danbury
Local Authority: Chelmsford City Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM3 4DJ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Danbury camp hill fort, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


719/29/60 Church of St John
the Baptist

10.04.67 I

A stone rubble church with stone dressings with a square west tower with a castellated parapet, outer diagonal buttresses and a shingled spire set back behind the parapet, considerably restored. The roof is tiled. The church is possibly of C 12 origin but the earliest part of the present church is the base of the north arcade which is circa 1233. The nave, south arcade and west tower are of the C14. The steeple was first built in the C15. The church was extensively restored by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1866 and again in 1952 after bomb damage in 1941. The roof of the north aisle is of the C 14 and has a castellated wall plate carved with effigies of Kings and Queens of the period, probably the Edwards. There is a squint from the north aisle of the chancel. 4 of the back pews in the nave, (north side) are original, with poppy heads and carved with various beasts on the shoulders. The remaining pews are copies by Sir G G Scott. The north aisle has 4 late C 13 windows with 2 arched recesses below containing oak effigies of Knights in armour with crossed legs indicating either crusaders or church builders. The armour suggests a date between 1272 and 1307. An effigy in the south aisle is of a slightly later date. They probably represent members of the St Clere family who endowed the church and rebuilt the north aisle. The gallery to the bell platform has a railing of circa 1600, part of the Jacobean altar rail removed from the church during the Commonwealth, (RCHM 1 ).
6790 (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England), An Inventory of Essex South
East, 1923, Vol4

Listing NGR: TL7793005119

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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