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Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin
Date Listed: 20 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 118423
OS Grid Reference: TL5652203765
OS Grid Coordinates: 556522, 203765
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7108, 0.2641
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TL 50 SE HIGH ONGAR THE STREET,
7/7 Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Parish Church. Mid C12 and Mid C13 with C19 extensions and restoration.
Coursed and uncoursed flint rubble, with limestone and clunch dressings. South
tower is in grey brick. Red plain tile roof. Mid C12 nave has 2 north windows
of C12 with semi-circular heads, one C13 window with one tre-foiled light, and
early C14 window of 3 cinquefoiled lights in 2 centred head with moulded jambs
and mullions and a chamfered 2 centred rear arch. C12 north doorway with semi-
circular arch of one plain order and moulded imposts. 4 windows on south wall,
one each C12, C13 and early C14, matching those contemporary on the north wall
and one early C16 windows, with double chamfered jambs and a square head. C12
south doorway, of 2 orders, the outer is semi-circular with chevron ornament and
an axe marked and billeted label. The inner order has a segmental arch with
chevron ornament supporting a tympanum of 4 courses of stonework set radially
and ornamented with formy crosses in circular and rough foliage. The outer
order of the jambs has shafts with moulded bases and scalloped capitals and
moulded abaci. The inner order has twin shafts worked on the inner face with
scalloped capitals, necking of cable ornament and moulded abaci. West wall has
2 lowset windows largely C19, and C19 west doorway. Mid C13 Chancel, is
undivided from nave, and has 3 original lancet windows in east wall, restored
externally, but with internal splays having attached shafts with moulded
capitals and bases and chamfered rear arches. 3 north windows, one C15
extensively restored in C19, but retaining original splays and hollow chamfered
segmental rear arch. Two C13 lancets with external chamfers. 3 south windows,
one which matches the restored C15 window and one matching the north lancets.
The western window is also of C15, with 3 lights. C17 north door, with
chamfered brick jambs and segmental arch. Plain stone bond externally. North
vestry was added in 1885. Square grey brick south tower added in 1858. In 3
stages, with angle buttresses and 2 centred moulded arch to south doorway. Bell
chamber has louvred windows with 2 centred heads. 7 cant Chancel roof with
moulded wall plates of early C15. The nave has slightly cambered tiebeams, and
octagonal crownposts with moulded bases and capitals, all C15. Brass in
Chancel, circa 1510. C17 moulded communion rail with turned balusters. East
window has stained glass of circa 1536, bearing the arms of Jane Seymour, with
the initials I.R. and the arms of Henry VIII with initials H.I. Blackand White
marble tablet with pilasters, cornice and four shields of arms, dedicated to
Richard Stone 1714. C17 floor slabs in chancel. C19 pulpit and reading desk
incorporating panels with arabesque ornament. Piscina in chancel, of C13 with
chamfered jambs and 2 centred head. Piscina in nave, with ogee head, of C14.
Listing NGR: TL5652203765
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