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Description: Church of the Holy Rood
Date Listed: 16 March 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 143188
OS Grid Reference: SU7532831244
OS Grid Coordinates: 475328, 131244
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0756, -0.9261
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SU 73 SE
5/2 Church of the Holy Rood
Parish church. A complete C13 building with alterations and furnishings of the
early C17, and minor changes since, with a C19 exterior. Nave of 4 bays with
aisles, aisleless chancel (formerly with chapels on the north and south side), a
Victorian south vestry, a bell-turret at the west end of the nave, and west porch.
Walls of malmstone, mostly rubble with re-used windows to the aisles (made narrower
in the C17), and porch rebuilt from the south side, Victorian polygonal work to the
chancel; lancets throughout. Tile roof. The bell turret has a c19 shingled broach
spire (housing the bells) above a C17 lantern of timber-framed construction, with
its upper part all glazed and its lower framing exposed in the west wall or the
interior. The interior of the church contains its best features, with pointed
arches having hoodmoulds with dog-tooth ornament, moulded caps with stiff-leaf
foliage, round, octagonal, and clustered columns. There is an arch to the former
north chapel, and the remains of another giving access from the south aisle to the
former south chapel: the former south doorway is blocked. Norman Purbeck square
font with arcaded panels, resting on a drum and with corner columns. The seating
is plain, mostly C15 with simple decoration of the bench ends. In 1624 much work
was done inside, resulting in a fine screen with open strapwork and pierced frieze
(now at the west end), communion rails, pulpit, chairs, a desk and a chest.
Listing NGR: SU7532331112
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Source: English Heritage
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