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Description: Church of St Mary (C of E)
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 161115
OS Grid Reference: TL3964922257
OS Grid Coordinates: 539649, 222257
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8814, 0.0275
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TL 39 22 STANDON HIGH STREET
7/15 Church of St Mary
(C of E)
24.1.67 (Formerly listed under Standon
Parish church. C14 incorporating C13 chancel and font, with
unusual C15 W-porch and detached SE belltower. C19 timber E
porch and NE vestry. Restored 1864-5 by G & H Godwin. Flint
walls with stone dressings and moulded string courses. Tiled
nave roof. Slated chancel, S aisle and S porch; metal roofs to N
aisle and small spire on tower. Coursed flint facing to church,
and stucco to battlemented top stage of tower. Built on hillside
with E end higher, sloping floors and steps at chancel arch and
alter. Wide spacious interior, 5-bay arcades with clerestorey,
Decorated windows with flowing tracery, ogee headed tomb recess
in S aisle, and unusual piers with 4 attached semi-octagonal
shafts and keel moulding in each angle. Fine C13 chancel arch of
3 orders with polished turned shafts (renewed in pink marble by
Godwin), shaft rings, stiff-leaf capitals and dogtooth ornament
to arch. Lancet windows in N and S walls of chancel and 3-light
E-window C13 renewed. Polychrome Minton tiled reredos and floors
in chancel. Unusual C13 octagonal font with 2 bands of stylized
leaves carved in high relief around bowl. Cusped C19arcaded
base. Rood stair in pier on S of chancel arch with upper
opening. Piscine in opposite pier. Nand S doors,blocked and
disused respectively. Stained glass in chancel: E window c1864
attributed to Clayton & Bell, N lancets by H Hughes 1874, S
lancet c1870. Brasses: on N wall of chancel John Ruggewyn,
lower part only, 1412; on tomb chest in N nave aisle John Feld
and Son 1477. Wall monuments each side of alter to Sir Ralph'
Sadleir d. 1587 and Sir Thomas Sadleir d. 1606 with recumbant
figures on chests with weepers under arched canopies on
Corinthian columns. London workmanship of high quality. Large
medieval church of a decayed borough. Of outstanding interest
for its chancel arch, font, arcaded nave, monuments, brasses,
glass, and. the W porch and detached tower unique in the county.
(RCHM (1910) 206-8: VCH (1912) 363-5: Pevsner (1977) 340-1).
Listing NGR: TL3964922257
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Source: English Heritage
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