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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kempsford

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 November 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 128939

OS Grid Reference: SU1613696499
OS Grid Coordinates: 416136, 196499
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6670, -1.7681

Location: High Street, Kempsford, Gloucestershire GL7 4HD

Locality: Kempsford
Local Authority: Cotswold District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL7 4HD

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Listing Text

(south side)

8/94 Church of St. Mary the Virgin


Anglican parish church. Early C12 nave, chancel added C13,
alterations in C14, tower and nave heightened mid C15. Restored
c1858 by G.E.Street and south-east chapel added; further
restoration 1880s. Coursed and dressed stone, stone slate roof to
chancel and chapel, nave roof not visible. Nave and chancel with
central tower, north and south porches, south-east chapel. Large
tower of 3 stages with offsets and stepped diagonal buttresses
rising to crocketed pinnacles and openwork parapet. Three-light
belfry openings on each side with stone mullions and arched
hoodmould with carved stops; middle stage has small single light
with square hoodmould below a square framed with 3 concave moulded
lights, centre one blind; lowest stage has very large 4-light
windows to north and south with king mullion, 2 transoms and
Perpendicular tracery and single-light over to south, niche to
north. Clock face on north side of tower. Nave retains deeply
splayed round arch single-lights of Norman period and zig-zag
moulded string course below additional Decorated windows added in
C14. Clerestorey of mid C15 has three 3-light cusped trefoil-head
windows with square hoodmould and string course with grotesques.
North porch has Norman doorway with chevron arch and carved shafts,
porch itself of early C16 with ogee-headed niche an) flanking
crocketed pinnacles on east wall, a typical feature of the area,
and 4-centred archway with concave mouldings and angel shields
below gable rebuilt in late C19. South porch said to contain
equally fine Norman doorway but inaccessible at time of survey
(March 1985). Chancel of late C13/early C14 has 3-light trefoil-
head lancet with cusped sexfoil at east end, north side fills 3-light
Decorated window with reticulated tracery and small blocked
trefoil-head doorway. Chapel by Street of 1858 has two 3-light
with reticulated tracery on south side.
Interior: 8 bay nave roof with 3 tiers of arched wind bracing,
corbels for rood screen at east end of nave. Tower has doorway in
north-west corner, lierne vault decorated in heraldry in 1862 and
stone seats around side walls. Fine stained glass by Kempe in
north window. Chancel has wagon roof, with painted ciborium
probably of same date as tower decoration, plaster has been removed
from walls in chancel, probably when 2-bay arcade opened up by
Street to form south chapel. Large Perpendicular tomb on north
wall with 2 mutilated seated figures and recumbent effigy probably
of earlier date. Pulpit by Street, with marble painted over,
choir stalls with fanning leaf finials also by Street. (David
Verey, Building of England - Gloucestershire: the Cotswolds,

Listing NGR: SU1613196498

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Source: English Heritage

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