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Church of St Mary Magdalene, Himbleton

Description: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 March 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 147829

OS Grid Reference: SO9466358757
OS Grid Coordinates: 394663, 258757
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2270, -2.0795

Location: Church Lane, Himbleton, Worcestershire WR9 7LF

Locality: Himbleton
Local Authority: Wychavon District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR9 7LF

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Listing Text

SO 95 NW
6/153 (19/1) Church of St Mary

Parish church. C12 origins; altered mid-C13, late C14, C15 and C16,
restored in 1893. Mainly lias limestone rubble with sandstone ashlar dress-
ings, and some dressed coursed sandstone rubble; oak-shingled timber-framed
bell-turret; plain tiled roofs with parapets at gable ends. Continuous nave
and chancel of three plus two bays; nave has bell-turret, south transept and
porch, north aisle and vestry. Nave: some original stonework in south wall;
west and south-west walls rebuilt in C15 and have stepped plinth and moulded
eaves string; diagonal buttresses with off-sets at west end; 3-light west
window and 2-light south window, both square-headed and, like similar windows
elsewhere, are probably C16 with C19 repairs. Bell-turret: C15; lower part
is shingled; belfry has rectangular panels with lower corner braces and
roughcast infill; 2-light louvred bell-chamber openings; above is a hipped
roof and tall weathervane. South transept: c1370 and built to house the
Shell Chapel; chamfered plinth and diagonal gable end buttresses with off-
sets, the south-west buttress has a sundial carved on it; C14 south end and
west side pointed-arched window, both of two lights, and 3-light square-headed
east side window. South porch: also c1370; gabled and timber-framed with
chamfered arch-braced gable end and inner roof truss, quatrefoil-panelled
bargeboards and side walls with cusped arcading and brattished wall-plate;
south doorway has C12 jambs of two square orders with colonnettes in the
angles, the west of which is C19, and a late C14 door divided by rails and
muntins into quatrefoil panels. North aisle: C16; separate gabled roof with
octagonal ridge stack at west gable end; 3-light and two 2-light north windows,
3-light east end and 2-light west end window; all with square heads. Gabled
passageway links aisle with separate vestry. Vestry: late C19; cusped lancet
in west gable end, central lancet in north wall, 2-light west end window and
south doorway. Chancel: rebuilt c1240; chamfered plinth on south side; C13
east window of three closely-spaced, stepped lancets; two north windows and
south-east window are all of two lights and original; south-west pointed
window is C19, and, to right of it, is a doorway. Interior: three-bay
north arcade of two chamfered orders on octagonal columns; beyond east respond
is a blocked doorway to the former rood stair; C14 transept archway of two
continuous chamfered orders; square-headed door in south chancel wall; C16
north nave doorway with 4-centred arch of a single chamfered order; C15 wagon
roofs; chancel and transept wall-plates, tie-beams at base of turret and C19
rood beam are all brattished; nave wall-plates are largely C19 and have a
rosette frieze. Walls are plastered; traces of a wall-painting of the royal
arms of Queen Elizabeth I visible on east end wall; C17 oak altar table, font
is partly C12, square in plan and has Paschal Lamb carved on east face; C18
small marble font on baluster stem in Shell Chapel; C19 altar rails, pews,
pulpit and lectern. Memorials: Shell Chapel has mid-C18 wall memorial to
the Fincher family, an early C19 wall memorial to the Payton family and ledger
slabs of mid-C17 and early C18 date all to members of the Fincher family; north
aisle has a late C18 and early C19 wall memorial and a late C17 ledger slab to
the Wythes family. Glass: east window contains a C13 fragment, the rest being
a good C19 imitation of a c1300 style; also medieval fragments in the north-
west chancel window, the north-east aisle window and the east transept window;
the east window of the aisle is by Kempe and c1900. The church retains several
interesting early architectural features, notably the bell-turret, roofs, south
porch and door, and some good medieval glass. (VCH 3 (ii), p 395-7; BoE, p 195).

Listing NGR: SO9466358757

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Source: English Heritage

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