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Church of St John the Baptist, Mathon

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 March 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 151494

OS Grid Reference: SO7336745846
OS Grid Coordinates: 373367, 245846
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1103, -2.3903

Location: Mathon, County of Herefordshire WR13 5PW

Locality: Mathon
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WR13 5PW

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Listing Text


Church of St John the Baptist


- II*

Church. Late C11 - C14 with C19 alterations. Old red sandstone, tiled roofs.
2 stage C14 west tower, 5 bay nave, south porch, 2 bay chancel, vestry. Tower
has diagonal buttresses and, above nave roof, corbelled projecting corners to
north-east and south-east; contemporary leaded door with strap-hinges. Herring-
bone masonry band below eaves level of nave for much of its length on both north
and south sides. Directly opposite south door is a blocked Norman north door
with rope-moulding to lintol and shouldered jambs. Lancets to north and
cusped 'Y' tracery paired lancets, heavily restored to south wall. Blocked
Norman semi-circular headed window to west of south porch. Timber-framed
porch on stone plinth, probably C16, to south door, with acanthus spandrels
to south lintol and raking struts to roof. East end of chancel has a pair
of Norman windows with a roundel centrally placed above; trefoiled 2-light
south window and semi-circular headed priest's door, heavily restored. South
entrance to nave has rope moulding beneath plain typanum. Interior: nave has
no arcade; deep splays to north windows. Roof, possibly C16, of 6 bays of
arch-braced single-collar trusses with 2 rows of wind-braces, the lower ones
cusped. 2 inserted tie-beams at about 1½ and 4½ roof bays from west end.
Jacobean pulpit with C19 steps and balusters. C14 - C15 muniment chest with
strap hinges and multiple locks. Floor monument to Allen Cliefe (sic) died
1752. No chancel arch, instead a tie-beam rests on C19 corbels. Chancel has
deeply splayed east window, wagon roof with restored wind-braces; monument
north of altar to Jane Walweyn, died 1617, consisting of deceased and husband
kneeling at a prie-dieu. The nave roof structure shows great similarity to
that of the Church of St James, Colwall (qv) even in respect of inserted,
probably C17 tie-beams. Cliffe monument is a typical example of mis-spelling
by an illiterate but otherwise competent craftsman.

Listing NGR: SO7336745846

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Source: English Heritage

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