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Church of St Peter, Martley

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 151640

OS Grid Reference: SO7563559814
OS Grid Coordinates: 375635, 259814
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2360, -2.3582

Location: Martley, Worcestershire WR6 6QA

Locality: Martley
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR6 6QA

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Listing Text

SO 75 NE MARTLEY B 4204 (s.w. side)

6/107 Church of St Peter



Parish church. Early C12, early C13 and circa 1315, restored 1875, 1884 and
1909. Last restoration by Sir Charles Nicholson. Ashlar, plain tile roof.
Nave and Chancel continuous, west tower, north vestry of 1875, south porch
of 1184. Chancel: 3 bays, north wall early C13 with 2 lancets, north vestry;
east window: restored Decorated of early C14, 3 trefoiled lights; south wall:
eastern window Decorated with 2 trefoiled lights, other two larger each with
2 ogee trefoiled lights, formerly looked into Mortimer chapel (consecrated
1315, demolished), they flank a 3 centred headed priest's door; stepped right
angle buttresses to corners. Nave: 3 bays, all windows restored: Decorated
each with 2 trefoiled lights in both walls. Restored early C12 south door
with timber porch of 1884; blocked north door more complete and similar in
design; doorway projects c 150 mm from wall face, with decorated semi-circular
head and consecration cross; wall has five bays defined by a series of early
C12 pilasters, top 4 courses of naves walls are of alternate bands of red and
white sandstone. West tower: C15 in 3 stages divided by moulded string, moulded
plinth, embattled parapet with pinnacles of 1909 to diagonal corner buttresses.
C15 Perpendicular west window with 3 cinquefoiled lights; first stage has single
trefoiled lights, bell chamber has windows with 2 cinquefoiled lights under 2-
centred head. Interior: chancel: double aumbry in north wall, piscina in south
wall with priests head to label stop; nave: entrance to rood stairs and above
rood left door, stairs were in an external projection, now lost; tower arch of
2 chamfered orders with moulded abaci at springing. Roofs: similar over nave
and chancel, slightly lower pitch to chancel, collar rafter-roof with straight
braces from rafter to collar and ashlar pieces, 5 tie-beams in nave, 2 in
chancel, probably early C14. A framed tympanum divides the nave from the
chancel roof, probably C17. Fittings: wall paintings in nave of C15 including
St Martin on horseback dividing his cloak for the beggar; in chancel wall
paintings of late C13 and C15, including C15 canopy design on east wall, and
a C15 Annunciation group on the south wall. A few late C15 Malvern tiles in
chancel floor; early C20 screen, font, pulpit and organ. Late C15 recumbent
effigy of alabaster against north wall of chancel, ridged coffin lid to south
with traces of incised cross and pastoral staff. The 2 eastern windows in
the south wall of the nave and central window in north wall are of circa 1915
by Walter E Tower. (VCH, 4, pp 293/295).

Listing NGR: SO7563559816

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Source: English Heritage

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