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Description: Church of St Nicholas (Church of England)
Date Listed: 22 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 160342
OS Grid Reference: TL3999229566
OS Grid Coordinates: 539992, 229566
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9470, 0.0354
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TL 3929 & TL 4029 HORMEAD HORSESHOE LANE
12/121 & 13/121 Church of St. Nicholas
22.2.67 (C of E)
Parish church. Nave C13 or earlier, late C13 3-bay N aisle and arcade,
early C14 4-bay S aisle and nave and N aisle lengthened by a W bay,
later C14 W tower built over W bay of nave and aisles shortened, C15 top
to tower and nave clerestory. Restored 1872-4 by A.W. Blomfield with
chancel, chancel arch, S organ chamber and south porch rebuilt. Flint
rubble with stone dressings. Roofs part metal, part old red tile. A
village church with square ended chancel, clerestoryed nave of 3 bays
and aisles all with parapets, south porch and organ chamber and an
embattled W tower with pyramidial tile roof and diagonal buttresses.
Chancel has encaustic and glazed tile pavement at alter and fleur-de-lis
tiled E rear wall with carved reredos recessed below E window. 3-bay
open timber roof, arched braced principals and wind braces. Aumbry in S
wall next alter. Small cartouche painted with 3 hop plants set over door
to organ chamber. Wall monument in white and grey marble c.1815 by
Kendrick of a Grecian sarcophagus with word Waterloo in an oval wreath
to Lt-Col Stables. Tall nave has late C13 N arcade with 2-centred arches
of 2 chamfered orders on octagonal columns with moulded caps and bases.
Respond replaced by a C19 column and short length of wall at E pierced
by a narrow C19 arch. At W end of arcade are 2 responds back-to-back,
the W one to an arch added when S arcade and aisle was built and lost
when tower was built. S arcade early C14 with 2-centred arches,
octagonal columns with moulded caps and bases, also with C19 narrow arch
at E end but springing of original 4th bay at W end. 3 clerestory
openings each side with 2-light trefoil headed windows. Six carved head
corbels support wall posts of former open timber roof now sealed between
tie-beams. N aisle has N door, 4 windows on N, a 3-light E window,
screened off vestry at W (1974) and a recessed brass wall plate 1696 to
William Delawood of London recording a bequest. S aisle has C15 S door,
3 S windows and C19 arch into organ chamber at E. Grotesque head corbels
support the aisle roofs, low pitched with moulded principals, purlins,
cornices and traceried brackets off wallposts. 3-stage W tower with wide
late C14 tower arch of 3 chamfered orders with 3 engaged jamb shafts
separated by hollows, W window, heavy moulded beams, embattled
wallplates, and circular bell opening over lower stage. Louvred 2-light
openings on each face of top stage. Font late C12 a plain octagonal
basin chamfered top and bottom set on a thick circular stem encircled by
8 plain circular shafts. Wall monument at W end of S aisle to William
Brand 1746/7 in white and black marble, a swagged tablet with Ionic 3/4
columns supporting an entablature with wreathed achievement over. (RCHM
(1911)102: VCH (1914)72-3: Kelly (1914)165: Pevsner (1977)152).
Listing NGR: TL3999229566
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Source: English Heritage
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