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Church of St Mary, Old Basing and Lychpit

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 April 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 138932

OS Grid Reference: SU6659752927
OS Grid Coordinates: 466597, 152927
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2716, -1.0467

Location: 1 Church Lane, Old Basing, Hampshire RG24 7BH

Locality: Old Basing and Lychpit
Local Authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: RG24 7BH

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Listing Text

26.4.57 Church of St Mary


Originally a cruciform Norman church with a central tower. Aisles and chapels (of
nearly equal width) were added to nave and chancel, to form the present rectangular
structure, with triple gables at the east and west ends; the Norman arches of the Tower
survive on the north and south sides. The north (circa 1325) and south (circa 1530)
chapels were added by the Paulet family and are separated from the chancel by small
doorways, with on each side arched openings above altar tombs; they are finely wrought
with Gothic and early Renaissance detail, and with armorial features. The church was
wrecked during the Civil War (note Cromwell's famous siegeof the adjoining Basing House
in 1645) and the building was substantially rebuilt afterwards in brickwork.
Externally, the nave aisles have 3 bays, while the chapels have 4 the raised east end
being expressed in the higher roof; tile roofing, red brickwork in English bond (some
partly rendered) with stone dressings. The parapet having a coping and a weather band,
the latter being ornamented with armorial corbels outside the chapels, cill band to
chapel windows, plinth moulding above (medieval) flintwork, slender buttresses and
diagonal corner buttresses. The windows have tracery (of chestnut in the north
chapel), the 3 eastern 5-light windows being old & encased in earlier flint and stone
walling; at the west end the central gable contains a C15 carved figure of the Virgin
and child within a canopied niche, the west door is a delicate Renaissance stone arch
within a retangular rusticated frame (probably a design of Inigo Jones). The Tower is
C17 in red brickwork with stone strings and coping to crenellated parapet, the corner
finials in stone being a recent replacement, the bell stage has coupled openings
beneath hood moulds.
Within, the arcading is massive rendered brickwork with octagonal columns supporting
4-centred arches (late Perpendicular); there are squints, a rood stair and an
inscription dated 1519 (indicating the renewal of the aisles) above the eastern arch of
the north aisle. The aisle roofs of open arch-braced trusses are original, the chapel
roofs are plaster barrel vaults. There are several large and small wall monuments (one
by Flaxman 1784), hatchments (one with the Royal Coat of Arms of 1660). The font is
C15, an octagonal design in Purbeck stone. There is a Jacobean pulpit (formerly at
Basingstoke). The south (Bolton) chapel is hung with funeral helms, crests and
gauntlets. A parish room has been added on the north side (1981) with a 1/2-hipped tile
roof and rendered walls.

Listing NGR: SU6610852746

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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