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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Elsenham

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 21 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 121772

OS Grid Reference: TL5422825924
OS Grid Coordinates: 554228, 225924
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9105, 0.2408

Location: Church Lane, Elsenham, Essex CM22 6DP

Locality: Elsenham
Local Authority: Uttlesford District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM22 6DP

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Listing Text

Church of St Mary
the Virgin
TL 52 NW 22/247 21.2.67


Much of this church is of the C12. The nave and chancel were built early in
the C12 on the site of an earlier church, probably Saxon. A record of 1070
exists of the gift of the church as an endowment to the abbey of St Stephen,
at Caen in Normandy. The chancel was altered in the C15 and the west tower
of 3 stages without buttresses, with an embattled parapet and a stair turret
rising to the second stage on the south-east corner was added early in the C15.
The south porch was added about 1500 and has embattled wall plates and tie beam,
with octagonal crown posts. The spandrels of the curved braces to the tie
beams are carved. The south doorway is Norman with columns carved with
zig-zag ornamentation and carved capitals. The tympanum is carved with saltire
crosses. Inside the doorway a stone coffin lid carved with bands of saltire
crosses is inserted in the tympanum. The nave has some Norman windows and a
fine chancel arch ornamented with zig-zag carving and bands of saltire crosses.
The nave has a C15 king post roof and the chancel has a fine double arched piscina
with dog tooth ornamentation. The pulpit has an early C17 octagonal stem.
The church is situated away from the village centre. Graded for its architectural
and historical value. (RCHM 1).

Listing NGR: TL5422825924

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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