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Church of St Mary, Frittenden

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 20 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 169404

OS Grid Reference: TQ8131840953
OS Grid Coordinates: 581318, 140953
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1391, 0.5905

Location: The Street, Frittenden, Kent TN17 2DD

Locality: Frittenden
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN17 2DD

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Listing Text

TQ 8040-8140 (north west side)

Church of St Mary
Parish church. 1846-8 by R C Hussey, incorporating base of C15 tower; extended
and restored 1861 and 1881. Wealden sandstone with Caen stone dressings and
plain tiled roof. Chancel with south chapel, nave with aisles, north and south
porches northern vestry and western tower. Three stage tower, the lower 2
stages at least C15, with offset corner buttresses and basement to recessed
stone spire with enriched lucarnes. North-western angle vice. Stone clock face
in north elevation. C15 west window with C19 Perpendicular style western door-
way. The rest of the building is entirely C19, a rebuilding of the medieval
church, with Decorated style fenestration with segmental heads and reticulated
tracery to nave, cusped-tracery and pointed arched heads with hood moulds to
chapel, and split cusp and "Geometric tracery to chancel. North-western vestry
with cusped bargeboard to projecting gable. Interior: tall, narrow C15 tower
arch with double eave moulded surround and round responds with octagonal capi-
tals. Blank traceried surround to west doorway with thin attached shafts to
west window over embattled and quatrefoiled frieze, all C19. three bay south
arcade, with pointed horse-shoe shaped arches. Two bay north arcade, with finer
moulding and normal pointed arches (north aisle added 1861). Octagonal press
and responds and double chamfered arches to both arcades. Embattled wall plate
and moulded corbels to boarded waggon roof to nave; pierced queen post roof on
corbels to south aisle, with braced rafter roof to north aisle, with string
course and hood moulds to window reveals and doors to porch and vestry. Chancel
and south chapel arches of same pattern as nave south arcade. Two bay arcade
from chancel to south chapel, with trussed rafter roof to chancel, boarded roof
to chapel. Fittings: good survival of original C19 fittings: painted stone
surround to east window, creating a triptch effect with texts in the flanking
panels. C19 choir stalls, half-height screen with quartrefoil frieze and spiked
rail. Trelobed piscina on north wall, tiled sanctuary and black and white tiled
chancel, carved wooden alter. Benches and box pews in nave and aisles with
integral brass candleholders. Brass lecturn and wooden pulpit on stone base;
octagonal font with 2 tier wooden cover and iron and brass font crane. Early
C19 geometric glass throughout, with later C19 glass in the east windows,
especially chancel east window, to Rev Edward Moore, 1891 by W Bucknall and
J N Comper. Incised and painted texts and inscriptions over various doorways
and arches, that over south porch recording that the church was restored and
enlarged by Reverend Edward and Lady Harriet Moore, 1847. Moore was patron as
well as vicar of the church and village, and many houses and facilities in the
parish are due to him. (See Igglesden 16, 1923).

Listing NGR: TQ8131840953

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Source: English Heritage

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