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Sudeley Castle, Church of St Mary, Sudeley

Description: Sudeley Castle, Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 July 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 134930

OS Grid Reference: SP0317927665
OS Grid Coordinates: 403179, 227665
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9475, -1.9551

Location: Rushley Lane, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD

Locality: Sudeley
Local Authority: Tewkesbury Borough Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL54 5JD

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Listing Text

SP 0227-0327
14/144 Sudeley Castle, Church of
St Mary
Parish Church. Circa 1460 for Ralph Boteler, late C15 or early C16
north aisle, restored 1859-'63 by Sir G.G. Scott for J.C. Dent.
Well coursed, squared stone, lead roof. Five-bay nave and chancel
structurally in one, 3-bay north aisle, western bell turret. West
end, double plinth, angled buttresses, boarded central doorway, 4-
centred arch, crocketed hoodmould; string course. Three-light
Perpendicular window, crocketed hoodmould, with each side a statue
in ogee-headed niche with tall finial. Above, string course,
crenellated parapet each side of square bell turret, slightly
corbelled at front on west side; 2-light louvred window, string
course, corner gargoyles, crenellated parapet with corner finials,
iron weathervane. South face, angled buttresses each end, plinth,
4 square-set buttresses, string course at sill level, changed to
dripmould for former low roof in fourth bay: bottom of buttress in
that bay forms jamb of door, blocked doorway and 4-light squint
under cambered arch to right below dripmould. Above, five 3-light
Perpendicular windows, hoodmoulds with carved-head stops, string
course, grotesques on buttresses; buttresses changing to diamond-
set above, rising into tall, crocketed finials; crenellated
parapet. East wall dripmould for roof to demolished vestry in
place of string course: blocked doorway on left. Above, 5-light
Perpendicular window, hoodmould and carved-head stops; string
course and crenellations follow line of low-pitch roof, short apex
finial. On right end of low aisle, plinth, 3-light mullion window,
angled corner buttress, string course and crenellated parapet over.
North wall: low aisle 3 bays, plinth, angled corner buttresses,
two 2-light mullioned windows with buttress and wide projection
between: crenellated parapet, finials missing. Boarded door on
right return, moulded arris, 4-centred arch, hoodmould, with finial
above string course. To right plinth, string course and buttress
on south side, inserted boarded door in last bay, sunk spandrels,
moulded surround. Windows and parapet above string course as south
Interior: ashlar walls, marble floor, stone piers to carry turret,
nave and chancel in one. Chancel screen 4 bays each side central
opening, cusped ogee heads, heavily carved. Three sedilia on south
side, nodding ogee heads, high crocketed finials over; similar
piscina. Carved marble reredos with part marquetry finish. Two
arches north side of chancel to aisle, door to nave. Moulded beams
to roof. Openwork octagonal wooden pulpit, Decorated tracery, 2
brass candle holders, since electrified. Octagonal marble font,
carved sides to bowl, clustered pillar stem. Choir stalls returned
against screen, carved misericords, brass-book rest to front seats.
Memorial in chancel to Katherine Parr, effigy by J.B. Philip on
marble chest tomb, quatrefoils to sides, under foiled, 4-centred
arch, crocketed above, swept up to poppyhead finial: marble
pillars either side with statues under niche heads, finials over.
Stained glass by Preedy. Building fell into decay C18. Exterior
essentially C15/C16; interior nearly all 1859ff by Sir G.G. Scott:
fine example of his work. Katherine Parr buried in church.
(S. Rudder, A New History of Gloucestershire, 1779; papers at
Sudeley Castle; D. Verey, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds, 1970)

Listing NGR: SP0318127669

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Source: English Heritage

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