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Church of St Mary, Upleadon

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 2 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 125802

OS Grid Reference: SO7688426959
OS Grid Coordinates: 376884, 226959
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9407, -2.3377

Location: Forge End, Upleadon, Gloucestershire GL18 1EG

Locality: Upleadon
Local Authority: Forest of Dean District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL18 1EG

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Listing Text


4/266 Church of St. Mary



Parish church; C12, C15, C18, restored 1850, 1879 by Ewan
Christian; vestry added 1884. Timber-framed tower, brick nogged,
on squared, coursed stone plinth: nave large, coursed squared
stone to left of door, smaller to right and above. Chancel
squared, coursed stone, vestry squared, brought to courses; stone
slate roofs, except tower, Welsh slate. Nave, chancel, west
tower, south porch, north vestry. North facade: tower on right,
close-studded timber framing in 4 stages, no intermediate rails in
stages. Sill covered ashlar on sides, but not west face. Brick
nogging appears to be set on edge. Square, louvred opening top
stage. Four-light mullioned opening lowest stage, 2-light mullion
and transom second on west face, Perpendicular tracery. Wide
eaves, bellcast to pyramid roof, lead hips, wrought-iron
weathervane with gilded cock on apex. Nave has diagonally-set
corner buttress to right: plain plinth. To right of centre
double boarded doors, behind open doors covered netting: roll
moulding to jambs, semi-circular tympanum over, with agnus dei and
2 lions. Nook shaft each side, scalloped capital on right, carved
animal on left: chevron and cable moulding round arch. On left
one stone has small square cut out of bottom, probably for
scaffolding pole during erection. Billet-moulded string course,
curves slightly to clear doorhead. Above semi-circular headed
lancets each end, 2-light flat-headed window with Perpendicular
tracery in centre, head cuts projecting stone course, probably
original eaves line, eaves now a little above. Parapet gables,
octagonal base on eastern apex, minute crenellations, short tapered
section, probably originally carrying a cross. Vestry on left,
plinth higher than nave: lancet in end wall, parapet gable, cross-
gablet apex: 2 lancets in left return. North wall chancel plain:
parapet gable, cross-gablet apex with floriate cross.
Interior: nave walls plastered, wide arch to chancel, moulding off
short marble columns each side, carried on corbels. Roof 3 bay,
king-post trusses with 2 pairs struts, 2 pairs purlins, plank
ridge, long windbraces cut rafters; mortices in tie beams suggest
a flat, plastered ceiling, presumably removed in C19. Tower base
fully open to nave: interior plastered, large, curving St.
Andrew's cross bracing to walls, rising to above ceilings from
sill; side walls; set much higher to nave. Chancel plastered,
wide blind arch to vestry; collar rafter roof, arch braces rise
from spurs at eaves level, no ridge piece. C19 circular stone
font on stem; panelled timber pulpit, dated 1661, on C19 stone
base. Communion rails wooden, rail on trefoil-headed arcade.
Early chancel arch removed in 1879 restoration: chancel said to be
rebuilt in C19. Nave roof probably before mid C18. Forms group
with Court and barns (q.v.). (D. Verey, Gloucestershire, The Vale
and the Forest of Dean, 1970.)

Listing NGR: SO7688626955

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Source: English Heritage

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