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Description: Parish Church of St Dunstan (Church of England) 3/4 Mile South of Village
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 159950
OS Grid Reference: TL4181512710
OS Grid Coordinates: 541815, 212710
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7951, 0.0550
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TL 41 SW HUNSDON EASTWICK ROAD
2/8 Parish Church of
St Dunstan (C of E)
24.1.67 (formerly listed as
Church of St Dunstan)
3/4 mile S of village
Parish Church. Early C14 unaisled church of flint rubble with
stone dressings and old red tile roofs. W tower, shingled spire
and timber N porch of early C15. Church renovated, reroofed and
[: chapel and E part of chancel built in brick c1450 by Sir
William Oldhall when building Hunsdon House. S chapel also in
brick 1603-17 by 3rd Lord Hunsdon. restored 1830: reseated
1851: conservatively restored by Philip Webb 1871-2. Reset
early C14 window in N chapel. 4-bay original C15 nave roof,
single-framed of scissor braced rafters, collars and ashlar
pieces. Similar roofs to N chapel and chancel (boarded). Rood
stair on N. Perpendicular octagonal font. Lower part of C15
screen. C16 recessed wall monument and fine tomb chest to Sir
Thomas Forster d1612 and brass to Margaret Shelley d1495 on
chancel N wall. Unique C16 brass of park-keeper. Early C17
hexagonal pulpit with sounding board. Splendid alabaster
monument to Sir John Carey c1616 in S chapel possibly by Colt
(Pevsner), with iron railings. Fine mural monuments to Jane
Chester d1736, Felix Calvert d1713 and Robert Chester d1732.
Early C17 family pews in S chapel and panelling in nave. A fine
late medieval parish church with the oldest timber N porch in the
county, an elaborate Jacobean screen to S chapel, the best
example in the county (Pevsner), 2 early C17 monuments of the
highest sculptural quality of their time (Pevsner), early
brickwork and timber roofs, and fine C18 mural monuments, all of
outstanding interest. Part of a group with the contemporary
Hunsdon House nearby. An important landscape feature. (EHAS
Trans (1902) 46-56: RCHM (1911) 127-8: VCH (1912) 329-31:
Gibbs (1915) 29-35: Pevsner (1977) 210-12).
Listing NGR: TL4181512710
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Source: English Heritage
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