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Description: Christ Church
Date Listed: 12 August 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 164114
OS Grid Reference: TQ1655099254
OS Grid Coordinates: 516550, 199254
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6800, -0.3156
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TQ 19 NE ALDENHAM WATLING STREET
7/66 Christ Church
Church. 1864 by T.Smith and Son, extended 1907 by Oldrid Scott. Knapped
flint with red and white brick and stone dressings. Slate roofs.
Originally cruciform with S porch and SE tower, extended to N with
second longer nave and chancel, N transept, NE organ bay and vestry.
High Victorian polychrome Gothic with simpler Free Gothic extension. 6
bay nave with I-bay chancel. 7-bay nave and 3 bay chancel extension. S
windows: plate tracery in pointed heads. 2 stage buttresses. Plinth. Red
brick bands. White brick dentilled eaves. Gabled S porch, colonnettes in
jambs of pointed arched entrance, stopped hood moulds. W window: 2 large
pointed arches with plate tracery surmounted by a central pointed arch
with an octafoil opening. Relief figures of Christ and an angel to
centre. Foiled opening in gable. S transept: 3-light plate traceried
window. 4-light E window with geometrical tracery. Coped gable end
parapets with carved kneelers. Blue and green striped slates. Ridge
tiles. 3-stage tower with door to S with colonnettes in jambs of pointed
arch. Single light and gargoyle in 2nd stage. Double openings in belfry
stage above a string course. Nailhead eaves cornice. Broached spire with
lucarnes at base. Semi-circular stair turret to E rising 2 stages with
slit openings. 1907 extension: flint, sparingly dressed in stone. Nave
windows: 3-lights with trefoiled heads under broader pointed arches.
Plinth. Stone band at sill level. Stone blocks below eaves. 2-stage
buttresses, diagonal at W end and SE. Delicately traceried 4-light W
window above stone band. To S: entrance in 1 bay extending beyond
earlier nave has a pointed arched head, ovolo moulded surround with an
inner traceried hollow moulding. N transept: 3-lights with geometrical
tracery. Stone quoins to W return. To E taller and further projecting
organ bay with stone quoins to E, similar fenestration. 1-storey flat
roofed vestry to NE with an entrance and two 2-light windows. E window
of 3 lights and 2-light windows to N and S of chancel with tracery as at
W end. Semi-octagon at meeting of 2 chancels. Coped gable parapets with
kneelers. Interior: 1864 church has a pointed chancel arch with short
richly carved responds. Scissor brace roof to nave and transept.
Chancel roof ceiled with painted decoration. Double arcade to later
church, ornament as on chancel arch. 1860's glass to E, W and S. 1907
nave arcade with alternate octagonal and round piers, with moulded caps
and bases, roll moulded pointed arches. Chancel arch of 2 chamfered
orders with decorative bosses. Nave roof ceiled. Chancel roof ceiled
with central pointed barrel vault flanked by coved sides with tie beams
across. N transept glass is of 1860's and repositioned. Elsewhere C20
glass. Choir stalls of 1909. (Pevsner 1977).
Listing NGR: TQ1655099254
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Source: English Heritage
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