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Church of St Thomas, Bradwell-on-Sea

Description: Church of St Thomas

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 30 December 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 119199

OS Grid Reference: TM0041606840
OS Grid Coordinates: 600416, 206840
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7244, 0.9004

Location: 3 Eastend Road, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex CM0 7PW

Locality: Bradwell-on-Sea
Local Authority: Maldon District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM0 7PW

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Listing Text


10/22 Church of St. Thomas


Parish church. C14 Chancel and South Porch. Nave rebuilt and West Tower added
circa 1706. C19 Northorgan Chamber, partial rebuilding of Chancel and
restorations, some by Chancellor 1864. Chancel and organ chamber walls of
flint, rubble and septaria, stone eaves cornice. Nave walls of brick and stone
and tower of red brick. Limestone dressings. Red plain tiled roofs of 2
levels. Chancel. East wall with angle buttresses. C19 5 light windows with
tracery over, 2 centre arched head. Roundel with trefoil to gable apex. Cross
finial. South and north walls with 2 and one window each respectively, 2 light
with tracery over, 2 centre arched heads. There is a buttress between the south
windows. North Organ Chamber. Lean-to with Caernarvon head doorway to east
wall and a 2 light window with trefoiled head. High up on the Nave east wall
C16 corbel frieze of moulded brick trefoils. North wall with five 2 light
trefoil windows with tracery over, 2 centre arched heads. South wall with 4
similar windows and angle buttresses. There are 10 carved stone faces over the
windows. South doorway, moulded 2 centre arched head, foliate capitals and
moulded bases to shafts, vertically boarded double doors. South porch, 2 bays
of 3 lights, moulded and cambered tie beams with moulded arched braces to centre
beam. Collars to each rafter pair. Ogee arched entrance and sidelights. 3
niches to gable apex. Front returns each with 3 cusped and traceried lights,
moulded mullions and posts, 3 rear lights plain. Dated 1706 West Tower of red
brick is crenellated of 3 stages with angled buttresses to western angles. Band
follows through third stage. 2 leaded and cross transomed round headed windows
to north and south faces, similar sounding louvres to all faces of belfry.
C19/C20 2 centre arched west doorway, shafts with moulded capitals, bases
eroded. Dog tooth moulding over. Double vertically boarded doors. Above this
door a plaque relates the building of the steeple. Small doorway with segmental
head to south wall, clock above second window. Small niche to right of clock.
Weathervane to apex. Interior. Chancel. Roof of 4 bays, side purlin queen
strut construction with braces to purlins. 1925 stained glass to east window.
1904 sedilia of carved wood with corn, vine and lily motifs. Wall brasses on
north wall, (1) Margaret Wyott 1526, woman in a pedimental head-dress. (2)
early C16 shield of arms, 3 owls and a sinister quarter impaling 4 bars on a
bend of 3 scallops. (3) Thos. Debanke 1606 - inscription. (4) Johannes Debanke
1601. Chancel arch C14 2 centred of 2 moulded orders, 3 attached moulded
shafts. Nave. C18 roof of 7 bays, double side purlins, raking struts, plain
tie beams with king posts. Mortised to hold ceiling joists which have not
survived. C14 octagonal font, moulded soffit. 4 carved faces to bases of
alternate angles, round stem, chamfered base. C19 stone pulpit with green
marble shafts to angles. Cruciform and dogtooth decoration, red marble panels.
C19 and C20 stained glass to most windows. West 2 bay gallery, now glazed-in.
Royal hatchment over central doors. C.A. Hewett, "Church Carpentry" 1974. RCHM

Listing NGR: TM0041606840

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Source: English Heritage

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