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Church of St Mary, Watford

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 August 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 158142

OS Grid Reference: TQ1107696316
OS Grid Coordinates: 511076, 196316
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6547, -0.3957

Location: New Street, Watford, Hertfordshire WD1 8EG

Locality: Watford
Local Authority: Watford Borough Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WD1 8EG

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Listing Text


Church of St Mary
TQ 1196 SW 10/48 26.8.52


Flint and stone church mainly C15. Hertfordshire type broad west tower, 3 stages,
diagonal buttresses, battlements, north-east stair turret and lead spirelet. Low,
broad 6-bay nave with clerestory. Low pitch timber roof with arched braces on
corbels. Octagonal piers. Aisles. Chancel mostly C15, chancel arch and piscina C13.
C15 south chapel much altered 1871. 1597 north chapel with Tuscan column to chancel
opening and mullion and transom east window. Six light chancel east window.
Major restoration 1871, J T Christopher, architect: exterior refaced, battlements
added to tower, south aisle walls rebuilt and new roofs to south aisle, south
and north chapels. Ornate stone font carved by Forsyth and stone reredos carved by
E Renversey. Pulpit of 1714 by R Bull, carved borders to panels. Stem cut down
Outstanding monuments in north chancel chapel, notably 2 wall monuments by
Nicholas Stone: Sir Charles Morison 1598 and opposite, his son, also Sir Charles
1628. Wall monument to Lady Dorothy Morison circa 1618. Later marble tablets of
,note to Anne Denne 1790, by J Golden, to Henry Ewer 1667 and to J Vernon. Mid C18.
Brasses to Hugh de Holes and his wife, early C15 and to 3 Morison retainers, early C17.
French or Flemish vestment cupboard circa 1730 with carved reliefs. Royal arms
painted 1736. Outside north porch 4 stone pineapples, C18 finials to tower removed
Modern church hall extension to south.
RCHM 139.2 Architect 21.10.1871 and 6.10.1883

Listing NGR: TQ1107696316

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Source: English Heritage

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