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Church of St Mary, Ashwell

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162177

OS Grid Reference: TL2671039779
OS Grid Coordinates: 526710, 239779
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0419, -0.1539

Location: 3 Church Lane, Ashwell, Hertfordshire SG7 5LY

Locality: Ashwell
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG7 5LY

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Listing Text

(East side)

8/46 Church of
27.5.68 St. Mary


Parish Church. C14 (completed 1381). C15 N porch and aisle windows.
Large building with exceptionally big W tower. Clunch. Flint rubble.
Some red brick. Low pitched slate roofs behind parapets. 4-stage W tower
has deeply projecting stepped angle buttresses. Leaded spike with
crenellated octagonal base. Lowest stage has 4-light Decorated-style
traceried window; belfry stage has paired pointed arches with traceried
panels. N and S aisles have 3-light traceried windows; hood moulds;
cinquefoiled lights. Chancel with 3-light restored C14 windows. N porch
is single storey. Original door arch and windows. 2-storey S porch has
C19 restored gabled front. Lierne vault with naturalistic foliage
bosses. Internally, the nave is 5 bays. Composite piers illustrating
stylistic progression: E 3 with rounded piers, W 2 with canted piers.
Tall W arch with canted piers; walls either side with 2 tall traceried
panels. C15 aisle roofs, the N one largely restored. Chancel has good
mid-C14 sedilia: 4 cinquefoiled arches with crocketed ogee gables.
Fittings: hexagonal wooden pulpit dated 1627; C15 traceried wooden
screen to Lady Chapel in E bay of S aisle; C19 replica font on early
octagonal base; C15 benches near Chancel. On N wall of W tower are
remarkable C14 graffiti: an inscription recording survival of citizens
of Ashwell during great plague and a drawing of Old St. Paul's
Cathedral, London. (Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL2671039779

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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