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Description: Church of St Peter and St Paul
Date Listed: 9 June 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 175542
OS Grid Reference: TR0540731351
OS Grid Coordinates: 605407, 131351
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0448, 0.9289
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TR 054 314 NEWCHURCH
3/82 Church of
St. Peter and
9.6.59 St. Paul
G V I
Parish church. C13, C14 and C15, restored circa 1845. Stone, with
plain tile roofs. West tower, continuous nave and chancel, continuous
south aisle and chapel and continuous, broader, north aisle and chapel,
chapels stopping short of east end. North and south porches: West tower:
C15. Three stages on moulded plinth. Angle buttresses. Battlements
above moulded gargoyled string. North-east stair turret, slightly
taller, and battlemented. Belfry windows of 2 trefoil-headed lights,
square-topped, with hoodmoulds. Single trefoil-headed light with
square top and hoodmould to each side of middle stage. Pointed arched
west window with rendered C19 intersecting tracery and C15 hoodmould.
2-centred arched moulded west doorway in square-topped architrave
with casement moulding. Single shaft either side with bell capital
and moulded base as springing for quatrefoiled spandrels. Moulded
hoodmould with head to label stop. South aisle and chapel: aisle C14,
chapel probably C14 on C13 site. Plinthless, with south-west and
south-east angle buttresses and 2 south buttresses. Gabled. Small
cusped ogee light with hoodmould to west. 3 south windows with C19
tracery in medieval styles. 3-light east window with cavetto mullions
and possibly only the tracery renewed in C19. South porch: C19 with
moulded 2-centred arched outer doorway. Inner doorway moulded, 2-centred
arched with roll-and-fillet hoodmould and outward-turning scrolls.
Chancel: C13. North-east and south-east angle buttresses. Gabled, with
ridge lower than that of nave. Hollow-chamfered south lancet and 2
hollow-chamfered north lancets. Four-light C19 east window with trefoil-
headed lights and sexfoils. North aisle and chapel: aisle C14, chapel
probably C14 on a C13 site. Gabled, with north-east and north-west
angle buttresses and 2 north buttresses. 3-light C19 east window with
intersecting tracery. Four C19 north windows in a C14 style, that
towards east within a medieval architrave. C19 west window. North porch:
very broad, plain-tiled, with broad pointed-arched vault. No gate.
Inner doorway moulded, pointed arched, with roll-and-fillet hoodmould
and outward-turning scrolls. Projecting stone stoup to west of doorway.
Interior: structure: 4-bay C14 nave arcade to north and south, stopping
about 5 feet short of west end; pointed arches of 2 chamfered orders
springing from octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases.
Chancel arcade of single broad pointed chamfered arch to north and
south springing from rectangular piers with nicked hollow-chamfered
imposts and roll stops. Broad pointed chancel arch, bevelled, with roll
stop, possibly C13. Tall C15 tower arch with 3 orders of hollow chamfers,
that to centre springing from single attached column to either side
with moulded capital and base. Pointed-arched doorway to tower stairs
with hollow chamfer and broach stops. Rounded rood-loft stair arches
squinted between east ends of north and south aisles and west end of
chancel. Roof: 4 octagonal crown posts to nave with moulded capitals
and bases on cambered double-chamfered tie-beams. Sous-laces, ashlar-pieces
and moulded cornice. C19 boarding to chancel. North aisle and north
chapel with common rafters, sous-laces, ashlar-pieces, moulded cornice
and 4 moulded tie-beams. South aisle and chapel similar. Fittings:
piscina in south wall of chancel with cinquefoiled ogee head and sexfoiled
drain. Similar piscina to south chapel with plain drain. Projecting
stone stoup to north chapel. C15 octagonal font on 2 octagonal stone
steps, with buttressed stem and bowl with shields and roses. Fragmentary
C15 screens between north and south aisles and chancels. C19 stall on
south side of chancel with 3 bays of blind tracery, the outer 2 incorporating
medieval work. Raised C18 panels bearing Creed, Decalogue and Lord's
Prayer now serving as screen at west end of south aisle. Late C18
Benefactors' Board over south door. (J. Newman, Buildings of England
Series, West Kent and the Weald, 1980).
Listing NGR: TR0569530377
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