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Church of St Botolph, Eastwick

Description: Church of St Botolph

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159886

OS Grid Reference: TL4340611651
OS Grid Coordinates: 543406, 211651
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7851, 0.0776

Location: Eastwick Hall Lane, Eastwick, Hertfordshire CM20 2QY

Locality: Eastwick
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: CM20 2QY

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Listing Text

(south end)
Eastwick village

10/1 Church of St Botolph



Parish church. Rebuilt 1872-3 by A W Blomfield incorporating old
tower and C13 chancel arch (plaque in tower and signed plan at
Rectory in High Wych). Uncoursed knapped flint with limestone
dressings. Steep red tile roofs with ridge tiles alternately
plain and crested. Tall unaisled nave, chancel slightly lower,
transeptal N organ chamber off chancel, timberframed N porch, and
unbuttressed W tower. A long lancet style church following
closely the earlier church in form and style: nave buttresses
mark transeptal chapels not rebuilt (Buckler drawing of 1827 in
church: Glynn's notes of 8 May 1847 (HRO)). Refaced 3-stage
tower with C19 battlemented parapet, short pyramidal red tiled
spire, corner gargoyles. No W door, 2-light pointed plate tracery
opening with quatrefoil in head to each face of the bell-stage.
Lancet on W and N in middle stage, and 2-light W window. Each
stage narrows at a string course. Organ chamber transept lower
than chancel with triple lancets in N gable and stone circular
chimney on the ridge. Roll mouldings under the tiled verges of
gables to nave, chancel and transept. Open timber porch has
cusped bargeboards and side arcades with turned mullions. Large
decorative cast iron footscrapers flank porch. Iron gable
crosses to nave and chancel. Plastered interior. 5-bay arched
braced nave roof on corbels. Scissor-braced rafter roof with
side and central purlins. High single lancet windows. Stone
pulpit. Fine C13 moulded chancel arch with 3 Purbeck marble
shafts at each side with moulded caps and bases - 'astonishingly
ambitious ... as if for a cathedral' (Pevsner (1977) 139).
Chancel raised one step with a 3-bay boarded wagon roof,
encaustic tile floor and 3 further steps to the altar. Sedilia S
of altar, possibly reset piscina on shelf N of altar. Simple
stone reredos integral with E wall with 3 mosaic panels. Triple
lancet E window divided by dark marble shafts with annulets.
Brass rail with twisted iron standards and scrolled brackets.
Open stall fronts arcaded with turned mullions. Opening to organ
chamber on N. C13 recumbent, marble effigy of a knight with
crossed legs, on a moulded base under tower, probably Richard de
Tany d c1270 (VCH (1912) 318): the best C13 effigy in the county
(Pevsner ibid). Above this a fine wall monument'with 3
Corinthian columns to Mary Plummer d 1700. Opposite a wall
monument to Walter Plummer d 1746 with exquisite carving for
which Pevsner suggests Rysbrack (ibid). Brass to Joan Lee d
1564. The church was rebuilt in 1872-3 at the cost of the
Hodgson brothers of Gilston Park as an estate improvement, and
they are buried in the churchyard. A long austere Lancet style
church mostly rebuilt by A W Blomfield closely following the
detail and form of the C13 church, and incorporating the old
tower. Of outstanding interest for the splended C13 chancel arch
and C13 and C18 monuments of the greatest artistic importance. A
landmark and centre of the village group, its E-W elongation
echoing the length of a barn range on the other side of the road
when approaching Eastwick from the south. (EHAS Trans (1902)
122-3: RCHM (1911) 87: VCH (1912) 318: Pevsner (1977) 139).

Listing NGR: TL4340611651

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Source: English Heritage

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