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Church of St Mary, Kempsey

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 153329

OS Grid Reference: SO8482449061
OS Grid Coordinates: 384824, 249061
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1396, -2.2231

Location: 1 Lane's End, Kempsey, Worcestershire WR5 3JH

Locality: Kempsey
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR5 3JH

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There is also a scheduled monument, Churchyard Cross in St Mary the Virgin's Churchyard, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

SO 8449-8549
9/16 Church of St Mary
Church. C13, with C12 remains, C14 and C15 additions and alterations, and
C19 restoration. Stone ashlar and rubble with slate roofs. Comprises a
west tower, nave, north and south aisles and transepts, north porch, and
lower chancel. The west tower, rebuilt in the later C15, is of three stages
with diagonal buttresses and embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. The
bell openings are each of two cinquefoiled lights under a pierced pointed
head. The middle stage is lit on three sides by windows of two trefoiled
lights under a pointed head. The west window is of four cinquefoiled lights
under a pointed head with Perpendicular tracery. The west window of the
north aisle is of three trefoiled lights with tracery. The north aisle has
two windows of three trefoiled ogee lights with tracery. Between them is a
C19 gabled porch which has a moulded pointed outer arch with angle shafts.
The west wall of the south aisle contains a single lancet light. The two
south windows are of three trefoiled ogee lights with tracery under a pointed
head. Between them is a C19 moulded pointed doorway. The north window of
the north transept is of five cinquefoiled lights with transom and Perpendicular
tracery. The east and west windows of the transept are of three trefoiled
lights with tracery. The south window of the south transept is C19 and of
five lights with tracery. The north wall of the chancel is of three bays
separated by buttresses and has C13 windows of two lancet lights within an
outer pointed arch. The south wall of the chancel is of two bays, with
similar windows, and has a moulded pointed doorway to the west. The east
window is of five stepped lancets under an outer arch. Interior: the pointed
tower arch has panelled reveals: The three-bay arcades have pointed arches
of alternate green and white stone, chamfered in two orders on the north side
and moulded on the south side. They spring from quatrefoil piers, those on
the north and south sides differing in their details. The chancel arch is
C19 and has engaged columns with foliated caps as responds. The nave roof
is C19 and has a ribbed ceiling above moulded raised tie-beams. In the east
wall of the south transept is a C13 piscina with trefoiled head. On the south
side of the chancel is an organ within a pointed arch. To the east are C13
triple sedilia and a piscina, moulded with trefoiled heads. The chancel has
a collar rafter-roof. Monuments under the tower include one to Elizabeth
Eaton (died 1790) with sarcophagus and urn, by Stephens of Worcester. On
the north wall of the chancel is an altar tomb with effigy of Sir Edmund
Wylde (died 1620) against a shallow arch with columns, with balustrading
and an achievement above. Re-set in window on the north and south sides of
the chancel are fragments of C14 glass. (BoE, p 202; VCH, Vol 3, p 433).

Listing NGR: SO8482549062

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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