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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Gestingthorpe

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 June 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 114286

OS Grid Reference: TL8122038562
OS Grid Coordinates: 581220, 238562
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0159, 0.6394

Location: 2 Church Street, Halstead CO9 3BB

Locality: Gestingthorpe
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO9 3BB

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Listing Text

2/49 Church of St. Mary the


Parish Church. Chancel C13. Nave, north Vestry, south aisle probably C14.
South aisle rebuilt C15. Nave clerestorey; south porch and west tower circa
1500. Much restoration late Cl9 when south organ chamber was added, south
arcade of nave reconstructed and chancel arch and adjoining walls rebuilt.
Flint rubble built, some walls are rendered. Dressings of limestone and clunch.
West tower and south porch of red brick with some diapering to tower. Roofs of
red plain tile or lead. Chancel East window early C14 of 5 trefoiled lights,
with arches placed on top of the apexes to form a net pattern, in a two-centred
head with a moulded label. 3 windows in north wall, eastern a blocked C13
lancet, centre window c1340 of two trefoiled lights with tracery under a two-
centred head with moulded label. Western C14/C15 partly blocked and altered
with a wooden frame and segmental head inscribed 1678. There are two doorways
with chamfered jambs and two centre arches probably late C14. South wall has 2
similar windows to north wall central window, much restored. Chancel arch late
C19 when stairs to rood loft were discovered and bricked up. Rood Screen
Rebuilt 1907 with fragments of C15 screen incorporated. Sedilia C14. Restored,
of 3 bays with moulded jambs and two centred heads. Piscina early C14, with
moulded jambs, cinquefoiled head and trefoil drain. Monument to John Sparrow,
1626. Kneeling alabaster effigy. Cl9 communion rail. 7 cant roof. Cl9 organ
chamber to south wall. North Vestry, probably partly C14, is plastered, with
red brick crenellations. North wall, 2 light north windows and 2 centre-arched
west door are Cl9 restorations. Nave. The double hammer beam roof, dated 1489
by inscription is one of the finest in Essex. Moulded beams throughtout with
carved tracery and bosses. Inscribed "Peter Barnard and Marget Hys Wyf" and
"Thomas Loveda and Alys hys wyf" on north and south sides respectively. North
wall has 3 windows in lower range. Eastern Cl9 circular, central C15 3 light
with tracery in a four centred head with face stops to moulded label. Western
window of circa 1330 of 2 ogee lights with quatrefoil in a two centred head.
South Arcade. Early C14 reconstructed Cl9 of 3 bays with two centre arches of 2
chamfered orders. The circular columns and respond Cl9. Clerestorey. North
window C16 of two four centred lights in a square head. 3 Cl9 2 light south
windows. South Aisle. C16 red brick crenellations with moulded band under.
Lean-to roof circa 1500, of 3 double bays, moulded beams throughout, principals
with arched braces and carved spandrels. Cl9 arch to east wall. Two C15 three
cinquefoiled ogee lights with tracery in four centred heads. South Doorway.
C15 with jambs and two-centred Arch of two moulded orders. South Door with
linenfold planks that lack terminals, framed on 2 durns, 3 stiles and 5
dovetailed ledges (C.A. Hewett. Church Carpentry). Font. C15 octagonal. Four
sides carved with Evangelist symbols, man, lion, ox and eagle, one blank, the
rest roses or shields, traceried stem, moulded base. Piscina. Early C15.
Moulded jamb, cinquefoiled head, sexfoil drain. Glass. Western window, west
wall small figures of Madonna and Child. Nave. Glass. 2 Cl9 stained glass
windows in memory of William Oates F.R.G.S. Died Funchal Madeira 3 April 1896
and Francis Oates F.R.G.S. died 5 February 1875 Shansi River Inner South Africa.
Nearby is a Brass Wall Plate "In memory of a very gallant gentleman Lawrence
Edward Grace Oates who died 17 March 1912 on Scotts Antarctic Expedition.
Erected by his brother officers A.D. 1913." Paintings. Probably circa 1700 on
west wall, on canvas of Moses and Aaron. South Porch. Late C15/early C16 red
brick built east and west walls have a window of one light, 4 centred and
segmental pointed respectively. Outer entrance has a two centred arch.
Contemporary roof of King Post construction with 8 coupled rafters and cambered
tie beams. Recess in south east corner. Stoup in East wall. West Tower circa
1500. William Carter in 1498 bequeathed forty shillings towards the cost. Of
four stages, crenellated with corner spires. A corbel-table of trefoiled arches
and to south east a full height stair turret with five rectangular lights.
Angled Buttresses. Bell-openings of 3 lights with one transom and tracery over
under segmental pointed heads. Restored west window of three four-centred
lights with mullions and tracery under a four-centred head. North and South
walls have a loop with segmental pointed head. West doorway has jambs and four-
centred arch of four chamfered orders with a moulded label. Two-centred tower
arch of four orders, the outer two square and continuous, the inner chamfered
and resting on a semi-octagonal attached shaft. Six bells, four by Miles Gray
of Colchester 1658-59, the other two Bury St. Edmunds bells re-cast 1901.
Original West door secured only by an oak bar. Three tombstones moved from the
Chancel, John Ellison 1691, the others contained brasses. Two large dug-out
chests with iron bars and many locks, one at foot of tower, the other in ringing
chamber. RCHM 1.

Listing NGR: TL8122038562

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