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Parish Church of St Nicholas, Harpenden

Description: Parish Church of St Nicholas

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 163572

OS Grid Reference: TL1326514427
OS Grid Coordinates: 513265, 214427
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8170, -0.3582

Location: High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2TG

Locality: Harpenden
Local Authority: St Albans City Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: AL5 2TG

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Listing Text

(north side)

16/37 Parish Church of
St Nicholas


Parish Church. C15 W tower. Remainder of church rebuilt in
polychrome early-Gothic style by W. Slater in 1862. N aisle
added 1898-9 by R. Brown and Sons. E end of church reordered in
1962. The tower, which was restored in 1980, is flint rubble
with stone and cement dressings. 3 stages. Large stepped angle
buttresses. Octagonal stair turret at SW angle. Crenellated
parapet. Lead spike. Moulded cement bands and plinth. W door
has deep hollowed surround. 3-light window above with cinquefoil
lights. 2-light belfry window with trefoiled lights. Hood
moulds. Rest of church is rock-face stone with smooth stone
dressings. Flush sandstone bands and polychrome arch heads.
Machine tile roof. Simple bar tracery windows in a mid-C12
French style. Aisle windows are 2 lights with quatrefoils;
transept ends 3-light; E end with 5 lights and an oculus with 4
quatrefoils. Interior has a 5-bay nave. Drum sandstone piers
with moulded bases and leaf-carved capitals. Aisles have broad
arches on E and W sides of transepts, each with continuous roll
mouldings. Chancel has 2 bays either side, each with a drum
pier. At W end of S aisle is a good C12 Purbeck marble font:
octagonal with 2 shallow pointed panels on each face; 8 round
supporting colonettes. Brasses: 1456 to William Anabull; 1559
to William Cressye, both near pulpit. Good C18 and early-C19
wall monuments on N and S interior walls of tower including (N
wall) large monument to Godman Jenkyn (d.1746): obelisk with
armorial plaque, sarcophagus base with lobe fluting; black and
white marble. C18 monument above with fluted Doric pilasters and
broken segmental pediment. S wall has 6 smaller wall plaques.
(Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL1326514427

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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