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Church of St Mary, Reed

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162600

OS Grid Reference: TL3613235748
OS Grid Coordinates: 536132, 235748
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0035, -0.0182

Location: Church Lane, Reed, Hertfordshire SG8 8AP

Locality: Reed
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG8 8AP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Double Moat and Fishpond, Queenbury, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

TL 33 NE (East side)
Church of St. Mary
- I

Parish church. Early C11. Chancel rebuilt mid C14. Tower of C13 or C14
raised with other alterations in C15. Restored with S porch added 1863-4
by Slater. Coursed flint rubble with Barnack stone and clunch dressings.
Red brick repair. Some cement rendering. Tiled roofs. Small rectangular
nave with narrower, shorter and lower chancel, W tower, S porch. Nave
has original long and short quoins flush with walling at all 4 angles,
splayed at base but not continued as a base-course except from W angles
where a second higher splay also continues as a plinth onto tower. To N
on nave a blocked doorway of C11 or early C12: crudely executed round
arched surround, broadly roll moulded outer face to inner archivolt,
clunch tympanum, continuous splayed abaci, inner shafted jambs with
incised voluted capitals, square cut outer order. Flanking restored C15
2 light windows, rectilinear tracery in square heads with hollow moulded
surrounds. C19 stone course projects to close eaves. Nave to S has 2 C19
windows copying those to N, C19 S porch has a pointed arch with shafted
jambs, 2 stage diagonal buttresses, coped gable parapet, 2 light windows
with square heads in returns. Inner entrance is a C14 pointed arch,
double wave moulded, hood mould with foliate stops, to right a
semi-octagonal stoup, an early plank door with iron strap hinges and
lock plate. Chancel: cement rendered E end with a restored 5 light
pointed arched window with reticulated tracery. 2 stage diagonal
buttresses. Chancel N and S C14 2 light windows towards nave with foiled
and cusped pointed heads, restored to N and remade to S in C19. Brick
courses to sprocket eaves. Ridge crosses on E gables of chancel and
nave. Gable end parapet on nave to W. Tower of 3 stages is unbuttressed
and quoined. Raised plinth, string courses separate stages. To W are
traces of a blocked doorway with a pointed arched head, above in lower
stage is a restored 2 light window as in chancel N and S walls. Louvred
lancets in second stage to S and to all sides in belfry, chamfered brick
and stone surrounds. Parapet is embattled to all sides but E with much
red brick repair. Weathervane finial. Interior: C15 pointed tower arch,
2 chamfered orders dying into jambs. C19 chancel arch of 2 wave moulded
orders, shafted responds. C19 roofs: 4 bays in nave with arched braces
from short colonnettes on corbels, chancel has a ceiled 7 sided vault.
At NE angle of nave are steps formerly to rood loft. In N jamb of tower
arch a C14 recess with an outer ogee arch. Font has a C15 octagonal bowl
with carved rosettes and shields on splayed lower faces, C20 square
panelled stem. Early C17 communion table with bulbous turned legs. On SW
wall of nave a lead memorial with a low relief allegorical figure, to
T. Cherry, Church Warden, and W. Mowbray, Plumber, 1807. (East Herts
Archaeological Society Transactions, vol.2, part 3, 1904, p.261: RCHM
1910: VCH 1914: H.M. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon Architecture, 1965: Pevsner

Listing NGR: TL3613235748

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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