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Parish Church of St Mary, Stow Maries

Description: Parish Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 November 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 117437

OS Grid Reference: TQ8336299386
OS Grid Coordinates: 583362, 199386
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6633, 0.6499

Location: Church Lane, Stow Maries, Essex CM3 6SJ

Locality: Stow Maries
Local Authority: Maldon District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM3 6SJ

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Listing Text

TQ 89 NW
(west side)
Parish Church of
St. Mary

Parish church. C14-C16, restored in C19. Flint and ragstone rubble with
dressings of limestone and red brick in English and Flemish bond, roofed with
handmade red clay tiles. Chancel C14, Nave C15, heightened in early C16, N
vestry, S porch and part of the S wall C19/early C20. The Chancel is of rubble
containing ragstone, flint, brick and tile, exposed externally, plastered
internally, but all the architectural detail, including the chancel-arch, is
C19. The roof is ceiled. The Nave is of dressed flint and squared ragstone in
equal proportions, forming a rough chequer pattern externally, plastered
internally. The N wall has been raised in red brick in English bond in the
early C16, with a parapet on a trefoiled corbel-table. The N window is C15,
partly restored, of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a 4-centred
head, with a moulded label and stops carved with angels. Further W is the C15 N
doorway, with moulded jambs and a reset segmental-pointed head with a moulded
label and decayed headstops. At the E end of the wall is a rood-loft stair,
projecting externally, complete internally; the lower doorway has
hollow-chamfered jambs and 2-centred arch, and is rebated for a door; the upper
doorway has plain-chamfered jambs and 2-centred arch, all C15. In the S wall a
large section of the middle and all of the upper part has been rebuilt in C18
brick in Flemish bond, including the blocked S doorway. It has one C19 window.
The W window is C19. The roof is ceiled. There is a large timber framed
bellcote at the W end, square in plan with a pyramidal roof, sides and roof
weatherboarded, with a louvred vent with arched head on each side; it is of C18
appearance externally, but could not be examined. The RCHM reported one bell by
Miles Graye, 1686. In the Chancel is a C14 piscina, with trefoiled ogee head
with recessed spandrels and a decayed septfoiled drain. In the S wall of the
Nave is an early C16 piscina with 4-centred head and plain drain. The C15 font
has an octagonal stem with trefoil-headed panels and moulded base, and a C19
bowl. In the N wall of the Naveisq C15 niche with hollow-chamfered jambs and
cinquefoiled head with 2 recessed quatrefoils. Remounted on S wall of Nave,
brass of Mary (Cammocke), wife of William Browne, 1602, figure of woman, 3 sons
and 4 daughters and a shield of arms. (Trans. Monumental Brass Society, XII,
1978, 271). RCHM 1.

Listing NGR: TQ8336299386

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Source: English Heritage

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