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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Upchurch

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 176207

OS Grid Reference: TQ8436867499
OS Grid Coordinates: 584368, 167499
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3766, 0.6477

Location: Horsham Lane, Upchurch, Kent ME9 7AN

Locality: Upchurch
Local Authority: Swale Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME9 7AN

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Listing Text

(north side)

1/4 Church of St. Mary The

Parish church. Chancel c. 1300, nave and east chapels C14,
restored 1875 by Blomfield. Flint and rubble, with plain tiled
roofs and shingled spire. Chancel with north and south chapel,
nave with aisles, west tower north and south porches. Two stage
battered tower with roll moulded and plain chamfered west
doorway, and restored C15 Perpendicular west windows. Shingle
spire of an 8 sided cone placed over a pyramid, built 1915
after an explosion. South aisle with angle buttresses and
offset porch with quatrefoiled oculi containing C14 glass. South
chapel of rubble, east end of chancel flint and rubble, north
chapel flint, with charnel cellar below, with restored geometric
south east window, restored curvilinear east window with sexfoil
and genuine C14 curvilinear north-east 3 light window with
mouchettes. North aisle and north-east chapel with angle buttresses
and 3 offset buttresses, with 2 large C14 windows, 2 light with
quatrefoil over, and 4 smaller ones of similar pattern, with lean-
to north porch. Interior: unmoulded tower arch, with rounded
corners projecting into nave containing stairs. Three bay nave
arcade, octagonal piers with double chamfered arches, and 3 bay crown
post roof with straight tie beams and solid knees on carved
corbels. Nave and aisles with continuous wall seats. South aisle
with C15 3 bay cusped blind arcading and string course over.
North-east corner of nave has exposed 1 shaft head c. 1300 and
section of keel roll blind hollow chamfered nave arcade and chancel
arch pre-dating Cl4 expansion of nave. Double hollow chamfered chancel
arch on octagonal responds. Chancel of c. 1300 with later C14 2
bay arcades to chapels, roll moulded with hollow and plain chamfer
on square piers with attached marble shafts at corners, and carved
leaf capitals, with fragments of earlier blind arcading and string
course with same mouldings as fragment in nave. Trussed rafter
roof. Fittings: ascending triple stone sedilia in chancel, with
wooden backboard. Piscinas in chancel, south chapel, and north
aisle and 2 paired aumbreys in chancel east wall and aumbrey with
door in south chapel. C14 screen to south chapel, with solid
plastered base, with square-headed lights, 2 with mouchettes.
C14 cusped and ogee-headed recess in south chapel, with attached
shafts. Medieval floor tiles survive at nave east end (10 rows)
and in north chapel. C12 architectural fragment in north aisle, zig-
zag and diaper mouldings. Monuments: C14 wall tomb, on north
chapel, a marble slab with crocketed and cusped ogee arch with 2
castellated pinnacles. 2 brasses in north aisle, half-length man
and woman (15 in), c. 1350, originally with inscription in French.
Glass: in north aisle, roundel c. 1300 of angel, with other C14
and C15 figures, and roundels in south porch. Fragmentary wall
painting in south aisle. (See BOE Kent II, 1983, 482-3)

Listing NGR: TQ8434667457

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Source: English Heritage

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