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Description: Church of St John the Baptist
Date Listed: 18 April 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 149349
OS Grid Reference: SO6884471615
OS Grid Coordinates: 368844, 271615
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3417, -2.4587
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MAMBLE CP MAMBLE
SO 67 SE
2/156 Church of St John
Parish church. c1200 with early C14, C16 and late C18 alterations and
additions; restored in 1880. Coursed dressed sandstone rubble with ashlar
dressings; brick additions and plain tiled roofs with moulded bargeboards
at gable ends; timber bell-tower with shingled bell-turret. Three-bay
nave with walls continued at west end to enclose tower structure; south
aisle with south porch; chancel of roughly two bays with south vestry added
at east end of south aisle and with Blount Chapel adjoining north elevation.
Norman and Decorated styles. Nave: original clasping gabled pilaster buttresses
at west end; also C19 buttress with offsets to north elevation; C13 lancet at
west end; north elevation also has C13 lancet and two restored C14 windows of
two lights with hood moulds at eastern end; to the west of them is a blocked
doorway with pointed head and segmental rear arch now screened by lean-to
brick addition; above the addition is a gabled dormer with a stone chimney
at its apex. The south elevation has a C19 doorway with hood mould at its
western end; bell-turret has a square base with paired louvred rectangular
lights in its north, south and west elevations and broach spire and weather-
vane. South aisle: c1200, widened in C14; separate gabled roof and restored
buttresses with offsets at ends and bay divisions; two restored 2-light
windows with hood moulds. South porch to west is gabled and timber-framed
with two rows of close-set studding, brick infill and a brick plinth; the
south doorway within has a pointed head with sunk quarter rounds and a segmental
rear arch. Chancel: two buttresses with offsets to south elevation; C19 east
window of three lights; two C13 lancets at eastern end of south elevation; C19
vestry addition to south-west extending south aisle eastwards; 2-light window
in east gable end, long lancet and doorway in south elevation; east end
windows of chancel and vestry and south vestry door have hood moulds.
Blount Chapel: C16; red brick with blue brick diaper patterning refaced in
C18; roof demolished mid-C20; two bays; diagonal buttresses at north corners
and central north buttress; large pointed window in north and east elevations
of C18 date; also blocked window in north elevation. Interior: three-bay
south arcade has 2-centred arches of two orders, circular columns with bell
capitals and grooved and chamfered abaci; semi-circular responds. Similar
chancel arch, inner order has a double roll separated by a square fillet,
outer roll moulding on west side, shafted inner order (the shafts having
rudimentary foliated capitals) and also grooved and chamfered abaci continu-
ing to side walls as band. Tower separated from nave by late C16 timber-
framed partition with rendered infill; lower section has central doorway with
3-light diamond wood-mullioned opening to left and similar 7-light openings
either side; panels beneath openings are oak-boarded. C17 minstrels gallery
above door lintel level with small door to north side. Tower framework
probably c1200 has massive scissor-braced corner posts reaching nearly to
apex of nave roof. Roofs all restored in C19; nave has crown-post roof.
Chancel has large arch into chapel and small archway into vestry; both
4-centred; elaborately carved reredos of probable C17 date. Font is c1200
and has a circular bowl and stem. C19 three-sided pulpit. South aisle has
C14 piscina with cusped ogee-arched head; also C14 tomb recess with a
crocketted and finialed ogee-arched head, slender pinnacled buttresses
at each side and containing a skeleton. Memorials: chancel has a late
C13 recumbent effigy of a knight, a large chest tomb with strapwork panels
(on which the skeleton is reported to have been originally situated) and
an early C16 brass to John Blount and his wife with figures about three
feet long; also two ledger slabs with illegible inscriptions. Nave has
two simple mid-C18 wall memorials. In south aisle above the tomb recess
is a sarcophagus relief with draped urn of the late C18 to the Watkins
Meysey family; also an early C19 urn relief memorial with tree and
medallion detail-to Watkins family and two mid-C19 memorials at west end
of aisle. Glass: east window has a fine early C14 panel of the Crucifixion.
Glass elsewhere is early C20. This medieval church retains several features
of particular interest including its bell-tower framework, minstrels gallery
and partition, tomb recess, several good memorials and its C14 glass.
(VCH 4, p 287-9; BoE, p 219-20).
Listing NGR: SO6884071614
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