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Church of St. Stephen, Careby Aunby and Holywell

Description: Church of St. Stephen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 30 October 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 194006

OS Grid Reference: TF0257016482
OS Grid Coordinates: 502570, 316482
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7363, -0.4823

Location: Main Street, Careby, Lincolnshire PE9 4EA

Locality: Careby Aunby and Holywell
Local Authority: South Kesteven District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: PE9 4EA

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Listing Text


9/31 Church of
30.10.68 St. Stephen

G.V. I

Parish church. C12, early C13, late C13, C14, C15, C19. Ashlar,
coursed limestone rubble, lead roofs. Western tower, nave with
clerestory, aisles, chancel, south porch, vestry. 2 stage early
C13 tower, having clasping angle buttresses, figured corbel
table, lead roof with weather vane. To the belfry stage are
paired lancets with mid wall shafts and round arches over. The
west wall has 2 lancets. In the north aisle 3 C15 3 light
windows with panel traceried heads. Pointed arches and 3
contemporary 2 light clerestory windows. C19 vestry at east end
of aisle, gabled with 2 light window. C12 chancel with single
round-headed light and fragment of corbel table. C19 3 light
east window. On the south side a round headed doorway and 2
lights. The east wall of the south aisle has a 3 light C14
window with cusped heads and in the south wall 2 and 3 light C15
windows. Clerestory matches that to north. Gabled, late C13,
south porch having pointed double chamfered outer arch with
foliated capitals, octagonal reveals, human head label stops,
contemporary open work cross to coped gable and an ashlar roof,
with side benches to porch. Triangular headed double chamfered
inner door with moulded hood. Behind a C19 pierced wooden screen
is the original C14 planked door with contemporary iron closing
ring with pierced decorative plate and ring depicting St.Stephen
with lizards whispering in his ears. Interior. C15 3 bay
nave arcades with facetted shafts having bell moulded bases and
engaged angle shafts with embattled octagonal capitals and double
chamfered arches. Early C13 tower arch with facetted reveals,
moulded imposts and a facet, a chamfer and square orders over.
Remarkable C19 tierceron vault ogee wooden roof with moulded ribs
springing from wall shafts with C19 capitals. In the south aisle
a C13 chamfered and painted piscina. C15 moulded chancel arch
and hood. In the chancel north wall a double chamfered C14
archway with engaged shaft and foliate capitals, and in the north
wall a triangular headed aumbry. C19 tiled reredos and Baroque
altar rails. All fittings are C19 including stone panelled
pulpit and reading desk, apart from the plain octagonal font
which was also recut then. Monuments. In the wall of the vestry
a C13 quatrefoil with dogtoothing, shield and hands clasping a
heart. In the sanctuary a C14 effigy of a knight with chain mail
and surcoat, feet resting on a lion. In the south aisle an
unusual early C14 double effigy of a knight andlady under a
coverlet with shield and cusped surround. In the vestry a marble
wall plaque to Thomas Hatcher, d.1714, in the form of a fluted
Doric aedicule with cartouche of arms, urns and cherub corbel.
In the chancel on the north wall a C15 cope, red velvet, re-used
as an altar frontal, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary, angels
and double headed eagles.

Listing NGR: TF0257016483

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Source: English Heritage

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