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Church of St Mary Little Hormead, Hormead

Description: Church of St Mary Little Hormead

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 160345

OS Grid Reference: TL3984929104
OS Grid Coordinates: 539849, 229104
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9429, 0.0332

Location: Worsted Lane, Hormead, Hertfordshire SG9 0LS

Locality: Hormead
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG9 0LS

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Listing Text

(South side)

12/124 Church of St. Mary
22.2.67 Little Hormead


Parish church. C11/C12 nave, mid C12 N door, square ended chancel
rebuilt in early C13, C18 brick S porch. Restored in 1888 when E end
wall rebuilt and C15 bell turret over W end reconstructed. Flint rubble
with stone dressings, good cubic ashlar diagonally dressed inside in N
side of E wall of nave. Red brick S porch. Timber bell turret with
pyramidial roof. Old red tile roofs with overhanging eaves. A small
unaisled church with tall narrow Romanesque nave and lower chancel on a
slightly different axis. The Chancel has a triple lancet E window
c.1888, C15 piscina at SE corner, 2 C13 lancet windows in S wall the W
more deeply splayed inside, a priest's door between inserted C.1888, and
at W end of S wall a large C15 window of cinquefoiled lights under a
square head. 2 bay C16 open timber roof with cambered tie-beam, collar
trusses, and butt-purlins with arched windbraces. Roof shortened by
rebuilding of E wall a little further W in 1888. Small rectangular Nave
almost entirely Romanesque with narrow C11 door, timber roof of late
C11, elaborate mid C12 N doorway and celebrated contemporary door with
decorative ironwork decoration, small round headed N window with deep
internal splay, and wide C12 chancel arch with depressed round arch, roll
moulding, and nook shafts with scalloped caps. S window C15 like that in
S wall of chancel, 2-light W window c.1888 in perp style with quatrefoil
oculus in gable over. Font octagonal early C14 with panels of blank
tracery around bowl. Small carved and painted royal arms 1660 above
chancel arch. Bell turret carried on twin queen-strut trusses with
wallposts and braces off corbels. The S doorway has a round head,
chamfered plain imposts, scratch dial and C17 graffiti on exterior with
a stoup on E side of door. The N doorway externally has a round arch
with roll moulding, plain tympanium and nook shafts with cushion
capitals. Now blocked with door displayed inside. C12 ironwork of
outstanding importance with 2 large figures of interlaced arcs within
square borders with surrounding scrolls in side panels, surmounted by a
serpentine dragon. Plastered ceiling under collars conceals
single-framed timber roof c.1190, coupled rafters widely spaced with
angled struts above the collars, small collar to each apex and lapped
dovetail joints. Ashlars hidden by plaster but sole pieces join rafter
ends externally by side lap joint. Deep hollow worked on underside of
each rafter end with large roll moulding at its centre (Herts
Archaeology 3 (1973)126-7). (RCHM (1911)147: VCH (1914)76-7:
Pevsner (1977)241-2).

Listing NGR: TL3984929104

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Source: English Heritage

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