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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Great and Little Leighs

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 April 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 112616

OS Grid Reference: TL7384315586
OS Grid Coordinates: 573843, 215586
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8119, 0.5205

Location: Boreham Road, Great and Little Leighs, Essex CM3 1PR

Locality: Great and Little Leighs
Local Authority: Chelmsford City Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM3 1PR

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Listing Text

In the entry for:
TL 71 NW

2/146 Church of St Mary the

the grade shall be amended to read: Grade I


Church of St Mary
the Virgin
TL 71 NW 2/146 10.4.67.


The church has a late C12 nave and a circular west tower. The chancel was rebuilt in 1330 and there is some Cl9 restoration and a Cl9 north vestry and south porch. The church is particularly distinguished for its flint and rubble circular west tower with a good C12 doorway with chevron mouldings, small windows and 5 flat pilaster buttresses to the lower part. The spire with gablets was added in 1882. The nave has 2 C12 round headed windows in the north wall and 1 in the south wall,a C12 south doorway and 2 C14 windows with square heads. The chancel has a restored internal string course, a good east window with reticulated tracery and a fine range of a piscina and 3 sedilia with crocketted heads and pinnacles, also a canopied tomb recess with fine foliage carving, crocketted head and pinnacles. The fittings also include a C15 octagonal font with a traceried stem and quatrefoil bowl with fleurons and shield, 8 late C15 benches in the nave and an early Cl5 priest brass with the head replaced from a C14 brass. (RCHM I).

Listing NGR: TL7384315586

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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