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Church of the Holy Cross, Bearsted

Description: Church of the Holy Cross

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 173510

OS Grid Reference: TQ8011055509
OS Grid Coordinates: 580110, 155509
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2703, 0.5806

Location: Church Lane, Bearsted, Kent ME14 4EF

Locality: Bearsted
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME14 4EF

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Listing Text

(east side)

6/3 Church of The Holy Cross

Parish Church. One arch possibly Saxon. Rest C13,C14 and C15,
restored in C19. Rag stone with plain-tile roof. West tower,
nave, south porch, south vestry, chancel, north aisle. 3-stage
west tower on plinth with diagonal buttresses, south east stair
turret and crenellated parapet. 3 beasts on the parapet, all
restorations. C15 belfry openings. South porch has C15 stoup
to right of door into church. C13 lancet window in south wall of
nave immediately west of porch. Re-used C15 east window to C19
vestry. C13 lancet window in south wall of chancel. Window at
north-east end of aisle has a 2-light window with ogee heads
to the lights, a flat-headed trefoil light between the two
shoulders and a hood-mould over with label stops. C14 windows in
centre and at north-west end of aisle, also with hood-moulds
and label stops. Interior: 4-bay north arcade; 2 west bays with
early C14 hollow chamfers and round piers, 2 east bays rebuilt
in C15. Remains of an arch with a throughstone at west end
of arcade, C12 or earlier (J. Newman, "West Kent and the Weald",
1969, 1980 edition). Roof over east end of aisle canted,
ribbed and boarded, with moulded cornice, rest C20. Inner
architrave of central window in south wall of nave has 2
slender attached columns on either side with bell capitals and
bases. Lancet window in chancel has crocketted impost. Rood
loft stair in south wall of nave.Sedile and piscina with
shoulders and a flat top, C13. C19 panels and pews at east end
of nave and aisle. Monuments: Stone tablet with brass panel
bearing inscription, brass coat of arms and elaborate achieve-
ments, in east wall of north aisle, to "Henrye Brockill of
Aldington neare Thurnham Esqire", died 1596. Stone tablet with
brass figures and inscribed brass panel at east end of north wall
of north aisle, to Susanna Cage, died 1634; signed I.C. Wall
monument in east wall of aisle to Elizabeth Andras, first wife to
Sir Thomas Fludde of Millgate, undated, early C17. Monument
against north wall of tower to Doctor Robert Fludd, died 1637;
bust on an inscribed plinth with corniced top and moulded base.
Stone tablet on east inside wall of south porch to "Steven Mason
late Cytezen and Vyntener of London and Margarete hys wyfe..",
Margarete died 1552, no date for Steven, (Vintners' shield above
inscription); slender attached columns with moulded capitals
and bases supporting four-centred arched head with carved spandrels
and hood-mould over. 2 plain floor tablets at east end of north
aisle to Eleonor, John and Guillemo Cage, late C17, stone, with
coat of arms, in good condition.

Listing NGR: TQ8005655732

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Source: English Heritage

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