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Church of St Mary, Sarnesfield

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 2 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 150459

OS Grid Reference: SO3747250925
OS Grid Coordinates: 337472, 250925
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1531, -2.9153

Location: A4112, Sarnesfield, County of Herefordshire HR4 8RE

Locality: Sarnesfield
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR4 8RE

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Listing Text

SO 35 SE
2/90 Church of St Mary
Parish church. C12, C13, C14 and C15. Restored c1870 and 1907. Sandstone
rubble and sandstone dressings with stone slate roofs. West tower; nave
with south aisle and south porch; chancel with south chapel. Tower has three
stages above deep battered plinth and pyramidical roof with large weathercock.
West elevation has a pair of lancets with roundel between apices on ground
stage. Round-headed loop to first stage and square-headed opening to top
stage within which is a subsidiary oak trefoiled head. North, south and
east faces have similar upper openings to west elevation except that of east
face has scars of higher nave roof. North elevation of nave has central
three trefoiled and ogee-headed lights under a square head. Chancel has a
diagonal buttress to the north-east corner. East window is restored. Two
trefoil-headed lights with quatrefoil tracery. South chapel has similar east
window to that of chancel but with smaller lights. Diagonal buttress to south-
east corner. South elevation has two pairs of C19 lancets each with a quatre-
foil above and red voussoirs. Gable has loop and red and grey sandstone band
at eaves level. To the lower right-hand side is a re-set stone with incised
chevrons. South aisle has sandstone plinth and C19 roof of two bays with
cusped and cambered ties forming trefoils with principals. Ties supported by
curved braces. Intermediate collar truss rests on arch braces. Cusped barge-
boards and lower range of wind-braces. Restored side panels in form of lancets
above brick-filled lower panels. South doorway has two-centred head and ledged
oak C19 door with strap hinges. Interior has restored chancel roof with collar
and tie-beam trusses and lower wind-braces. South chapel roof has wind-braces
with raking struts behind south gable. Nave roof has four trusses with curved
struts from ties to principals: Intermediate trusses have collars supported
on arch braces. Cusped wind-braces forming trefoil-headed patterns. Chancel
has piscina in east wall with chamfered two-centred head. On north wall is
grey and white marble monument for Bridget Monington died 1775. Black oval
plaque with garland beneath cornice and urn. Apron with laurel wreath. East
window depicting St George is memorial for the three men of the parish who fell
in World War I. Six-branch brass candelabrum, possibly C18. Chancel arch is
C15 almost round, double chamfered with moulded capitals. South chapel is
divided from chancel by early C20 octagonal pier supporting two arches without
responds. The chapel is further separated from south aisle by a two-centred
arch, probably C15. Several floor slabs, late C17 to late C18, for Monington
and Benington families. Two tapered slabs with cross-heads, probably C13 or
C14. Fragments of medieval glass in east window include figures and angels.
Oak chest, probably C16, has four linenfold panels to front and two to sides
with four plain panels to lid. On east wall First World War marker cross, for
2nd Lt A Marshall, killed in action 1917. Nave has late C12 arcade to south
aisle. Double chamfered two-centred arches on round piers with square bases
and scalloped capitals. Tower arch is two-centred and of two orders, the outer
chamfered and the inner moulded. Above the tower arch is a round-headed, deeply
recessed arch. Font has restored or C19 octagonal bowl chamfered on underside.
Square stem with central attached shaft to each side, probably C14. Round base
is C14. Small oak C17 table with bobbin balusters and stretcher and C19 or C20
top Cl8 Monington hatchment inscribed "IN CAELO QUIES". Oak harmonium, late
C19 by Estey Organ Co, Brattleboro, Vt, USA, with fluted candlesticks. (BoE,
p.286; RCHM, Vol III, p 177-8).

Listing NGR: SO3747150925

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Source: English Heritage

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