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Church of St John the Evangelist, Twinstead

Description: Church of St John the Evangelist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 21 June 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 115836

OS Grid Reference: TL8611936697
OS Grid Coordinates: 586119, 236697
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9975, 0.7097

Location: Church Road, Twinstead, Essex CO10 7NA

Locality: Twinstead
Local Authority: Braintree District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 7NA

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Listing Text


TL 83 NE (North Side)
Church of St John The
5/115 Evangelist



Church. 1859/60, by Charles Woodyer. Red brick with stone dressings and tracery;
gabled plain tile roofs. Plan of chancel with organ chamber and vestry to north and
nave with south west porch and west bellcote. Middle pointed style. Offset
buttresses, with stone gablets to chancel; church encircled by band of black and
white polychrome brick, with frieze of white trefoiled panels. Chancel: 3-light east
window with octofoil light; south wall has 2 trefoiled lancets and unusual
triangular - shaped architrave framing multi-foiled round window; north wall has
lean-to and gabled roofs to organ chamber and vestry, which have Caermarvon-arched doorway,
Middle Pointed and quatrefoil windows. Nave has 4-light windows, all with distinctive
cusping to tracery. Porch has lateral buttresses flanking pointed moulded arch with
chamfered outer order and engaged columns; studded door set in early C14 style
pointed moulded arch. West elevation: offset buttresses to paired colonettes
supporting chamfered pointed arch, framing unusual triangular - shaped window with
cusped tracery, continued to gabled bellcote with arched bell opening; C18
weathervane; Interior: waggon roof with moulded ribs to chancel and arch-braced
roof with curved wind braces and upper king posts to nave. Floors of mid C19 glazed
coloured tiles. Nave and chancel walls are lavishly executed in structural polychromy
in red, white and black; nave walls have trellising above strong pattern of blind
arcading. Chancel has small piscina, wrought-iron openwork to altar rail and
excellent mid C19 stained glass by Hardman; triple chancel arch of limestone with
quatrefoil shafts and moulded capitals. Octagonal limestone font with black marble
band, supported on central compound pier encircled by open arcade
supported on small red marble shafts; unusual cover with dove
counterweight to elaborate wrought-iron lifting frame. Memorials: mid/late C19
memorial brasses and tablets; early C17 brass effigies to Wyncoll family in north
wall of nave. (RCHM 1; Buildings of England).


Church of St. John The
5/115 Evangelist



Parish Church, dated 1860 on rainwater heads. Of red brick with sandstone
dressings and tracery and gabled peg tile roofs. Consisting of nave and
slightly lower and narrower chancel, with southwest porch, bell-cote and
priest's room vestry against north wall of chancel. Chancel has odd truncated
window in south wall and 2 lancet lights. West window with early geometrical
type tracery. Triple chancel arch of limestone with clustered shafts and
moulded capitals. Exterior has lean-to vestry and gabled priest's room. Nave
has a pair of 'middle pointed' traceried windows in north and south walls. The
high level west window is of early Decorated clerestorey type with curved cill.
The porch is gabled with moulded stone arch and lateral buttresses. The roofs
of the porch, nave and chancel are of the arched collar type with curved wind
bracing and high level King posts. The south door arch is heavily moulded with
C14 type mouldings in white limestone. The bell-cote has a steeply pitched
brick gable with arched bell opening and stone dressings. The exterior has
substantial buttresses, diagonal at east end of chancel; a stone plinth and
'structural polychromy' of painted black patterning. Internally, the walls are
stongly patterned with blind arcading in yellow red and black brick and plaster
with red and black lattice pattern. Floors are of contemporary glazed coloured
tiles. Very good stained glass in east window and south wall of chancel by
Hardman. Font is octagonal bowl with 8 tiny marble supporting shafts and
central compound pier, all on a rectangular stone plinth. Bowl is inlaid with
marble and has a modern cover with dove and wrought iron lifting frame. C18
weathervane on bell-cote. RCHM 1

Listing NGR: TL8611936697

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Source: English Heritage

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