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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 21 December 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 140013
OS Grid Reference: SU2994544202
OS Grid Coordinates: 429945, 144202
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1963, -1.5728
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SU 2944 AMPORT FURZEDOWN LANE
8/9 Church of St. Mary
Parish church. c1320, restoration of 1866 by Slater & Carpenter. Aisleless
cruciform church with a central tower; the north transept and nave were virtually
rebuilt in 1866 when the north vestry (appearing as a smaller north transept from
the chancel), organ aisle and north porch were built new, and the nave extended by
one bay to accommodate the font. The building is rendered, with flint walls for
the work of 1866, with stone dressings, the roof being tiled. The windows are
(except for the vestry) coupled lights with cusped heads supporting flamboyant
roundels or ogee shaped trefoils (reproduced in the nave), with a 3 light east
window and a high circular window in the west gable. The tower has a stone parapet,
with a coved base decorated with heads, and small coupled lights to the bell stage;
there are diagonal buttresses to the east wall. Within, the pointed and chamfered
arches of the crossing are prominent, the nave and transepts of plain (restoration)
appearance; the chancel is enriched by the traceried windows, a piscina, stepped
sedilia of 3 ogee arches, and a floorcovered by tomb slabs (including a finely-
lettered group of 5 in the sanctuary, of late C17 early C18). There are several
wall monuments in the chancel with small slate slabs of 1653 and 1636, and larger
classical monuments of 1723, 1753 and 1779, and in the north transept a classical
monument of 1807. The font is an elaborate 'Perpendicular' design of 1865 with a
wood cover. A particular treasure (in a glazed frame) is a C14 alabaster carving
(found at nearby East Cholderton) of a St. John's Head, with an ornamental canopy
and head flanked by the small figures of St. Margaret, St. Katherine, St. Peter,
S. William of York, with a Resurrection at the base.
Listing NGR: SU2969644083
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Source: English Heritage
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