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Church of St Catherine, Baughurst

Description: Church of St Catherine

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 May 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 138001

OS Grid Reference: SU5518658564
OS Grid Coordinates: 455186, 158564
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3235, -1.2094

Location: Crabs Hill, Baughurst, Hampshire RG26 5RT

Locality: Baughurst
Local Authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG26 5RT

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Listing Text


Church of St Catherine


Medieval, 1717, with a Gothic restoration of 1872. A classical design, being a
rebuilding of 1717, of regular form and symmetrical end elevations; nave of 5 bays,
north and south transepts, chancel, western porch (south side) and vestry (north
side), and a large western tower. The walling is in red brickwork Flemish bond,
with brindle brick features; band below the parapet, quoins and plain pilasters,
plain architraves to openings (which have cambered heads with stone keys and impost
blocks), plinth (raised as an apron below the windows). The deep parapet has a
stone coping, stepped at the transept gables, with semi-circular tops to gables and
the raised east end centrepiece. Within the window openings are coupled round-
headed lights framed in red brickwork (of the last date). The prominent west tower
has 3 stages: a stone coping to the tall parapet (raised by curves at each corner),
stone pedestals at each corner, a stone modillion cornice, quoins having white
chamfered stone blocks alternating with narrower brindle brickwork, brindle bands
and plinth. The upper-stage has an opening with cornice, pulvinated frieze and
architrave surround, the middle stage (on the west side) has an arched opening with
keystone, the lower with a west doorway (now filled) of an arch formed by massive
rusticated blocks. The tiled roof is partly masked by the tall parapets and high
gables. The interior has plain classical features and many period details, the
east wall is panelled and framed in an Ionic Order of ¾ columns and pilasters,
there are wrought-iron altar rails and the remains (of 2 gilded side pieces) of a
taller wrought-iron chancel screen, the pulpit and reading desk are identical
panelled rostra, approached through archways, the nave and south chancel retain
their panelled pews, the north and south doorways have architraves and 8-panelled
doors, and there is a stone baluster font. The nave roof has arch braced trusses
and arched wind braces, constituting a survival from the medieval church. Other
features include a brass candelabra at the crossing, black and white marble diagonal
paving to the chancel, and a painted Royal Coat of Arms of 1846. The Victorian
Gothic changes, mainly the replacement of windows by brick-framed round-head lights
and the removal of the west gallery, have not greatly altered the Georgian styling.

Listing NGR: SU5517258072

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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