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Parish Church of All Saints, Rochester

Description: Parish Church of All Saints

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 October 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 173202

OS Grid Reference: TQ7441269801
OS Grid Coordinates: 574412, 169801
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4004, 0.5059

Location: Church Green, Strood, Medway ME2 4HY

Locality: Rochester
County: Medway
Country: England
Postcode: ME2 4HY

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Listing Text

TQ 7469 NW
Parish Church of All
Parish church. Norman chancel, chancel arch, and much of the
fabric of the nave, together (probably) with substantial part of
the W tower; C14 S aisle and alterations to the tower (including
S stair turret); restorations in 1824 and 1884 (the latter by
Pearson who added - or rebuilt - the N aisle, renewed the window
tracery (removed in 1824) and built the NE vestry). The oldest
work contains much flint with ragstone dressings; the rest
ragstone rubble with limestone dressings; shingle spire, Kent
tile chancel roof and renewed tile roof to nave. The plan (W
tower, nave and aisles, chancel without aisles, NE vestry) is
unusual only in that the S aisle which contains the entrance,
stops one bay short of the W end. Exterior. W tower, quoined
without buttresses, battlemented (with exceptionally wide
merlons), 3 stages (single cusped pointed openings to each stage,
N, S and W); moulded arch to W doorway; polygonal stair turret
to S. Renewed single broach spire. S aisle, and the single
unaisled bay of nave S wall, all under plain parapet, with
renewed 3-light windows (one with transom); S doorway within
aisle. 4-light E window to aisle. Quoining of SE corner of nave
visible. Chancel, S wall with blocked 2-light low-set window
(for reading desk) immediately W of blocked priest's doorway.
Single lancet and 2-light square-headed window. Chancel E: 3
low-set round-headed lancets under large wheel window (by
Pearson). NE vestry (set transeptally) and N aisle (all Pearson)
with plain parapet and 4-light windows. Interior: nave with 3-
bay medieval S arcade (octagonal piers, 2 hollow chamfers to
arches); N arcade by Pearson. Norman chancel arch, the abaci
partly original; the flanking cusped openings renewed by Pearson.
Chancel roof: early form (ashlar pieces, high-set tie with
diagonal bracing) much renewed but with some medieval timbers;
C19 nave roof with arched braced tiles, side and collar purlins
with wind braces. Font: early C15, stone, octagonal bowl on
panelled and buttressed stem with contemporary wooden cover. C19
furnishings, stone reredos, Last Supper in half relief behind
open canopied arcade set within buttresses frame on plinth.
Monument: remarkable wall monument to Thomas Butler (1621), a
cumbersome shafted chest with wooden pedimented over-mantel with
inscription. Minor early C19 mural monument in N aisle, one
(George Gunning, 1821) signed by John Bacon, jr. another
(Lady Staines, 1832), signed Samuel Manning, jr. Mid. C17
monuments in S aisle. Glass: E ensemble, Clayton & Bell (on
stylistic grounds), Passion sequence in lancets, angels in wheel
window above; S aisle (E) by Dixon, 1880s. A c.1860s tricento-
style reredos now in tower. Reference: J Newman, West Kent and
Weald. Buildings of England (2nd ed, reprint 1980, p 289).

Listing NGR: TQ7441269801

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Source: English Heritage

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