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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 2 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 150469
OS Grid Reference: SO3755144833
OS Grid Coordinates: 337551, 244833
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0983, -2.9130
STAUNTON-ON-WYE CP -
SO 34 SE
6/100 Church of St Mary
Parish church. C12, C13 and C14, partly rebuilt in 1720 with later alterations.
Sandstone rubble with sandstone and limestone dressings. Stone slate and tiled
roofs. West tower, four-bay nave with south porch and two-bay chancel. Tower
is C13 with deep battered plinth and keel-moulded string beneath three diminish-
ing stages. Plain corbel-table beneath eaves. Pyradmidical roof with weather-
cock. West elevation has C19 doorway with shouldered head set in plinth. In
the first stage is a chamfered round-headed window with a label. Second stage
has a tall rectangular opening. Top stage has a pair of chamfered trefoil-
headed openings to each face. North and south sides each have a small chamfered
central lancet above the plinth. South side has a single trefoil-headed light
in the second stage. North elevation of nave has a small lancet to the right-
hand side and a blocked round-headed north doorway to right of centre. To the
left-hand side are a pair of blocked two-centred arches, part of a former arcade.
In the left arch is a pair of ogee-headed lights. Weathered buttress to left-
hand side beneath kneeler and verge from which rises square C19 shaft of chimney.
Chancel, rebuilt in 1720, has one central C19 trefoil-headed light on north side.
East window has two-centred arch and three stepped lights, the centre one with a
trefoiled head. South side has a pair of recessed C19 lancets with trefoil in
roundel above, all set beneath round earlier arch. South elevation of nave has
a pair of C19 lancets to right-hand side and weathered buttress to right corner.
To left of the lancets is a window with pair of chamfered and ogee-headed lights.
To the left of the south porch is a small light with an ogeed head. South porch
is late C19 with gable cross, diagonal buttresses, four-centred limestone outer
arch with blind mouchettes in spandrels and a hoodmould. Each return has a
truncated window with three ogeed lights. South doorway has round C12 arch with
continuous roll-moulded inner order and chamfered outer arch supported by a pair
of shafts with deep fluted capitals. Label is stopped by imposts. Nail-studded
C19 door. Interior has C19 scissor trusses to chancel and nave, the latter has
also four chains connecting wall-ties. Chancel has C17 communion table with
turned balusters and later top, a pair of C17 oak chairs with arch-motif to
back panel and seat-front. C19 chancel arch is two-centred with inner order
springing from conical fluted corbels. On nave side above the arch is the label
of an earlier arch. Nave has two-bay blocked arcade on north wall, two chamfered
orders, the east arch ending in an impost decorated with ball flowers. Central
round pier has a massive capital, almost archaic Greek in its proportions. Tower
arch has three chamfered orders, the inner one with half-columns and moulded
capitals. Continuous label. Above the tower arch is an opening with a two-
centred head. Font is probably early C13. Tapered round bowl and and
cylindrical stem. Tower contains C17 panelling with typical arch and acanthus
decoration. Continuous lozenge patterns form a string. Six medallions with
bas-relief heads, four of which are finely detailed in French Renaissance style
and perhaps Flemish and C16. The other two are cruder. (BoE, p 291; RCHM, Vol
III, p 185-6).
Listing NGR: SO3754644833
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Source: English Heritage
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