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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199266
OS Grid Reference: TQ3275580927
OS Grid Coordinates: 532755, 180927
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5117, -0.0883
5002 ABCHURCH LANE EC4
Church of St Mary
TQ 3280 NE 16/443
1681 to 87 by Wren.
Nearly square body with plaster vault supporting large dome. North-west tower
with gallery to south of it. Plain exterior of red brick with dressings of Portland stone. Moulded brick band and parapet hipped, slated roof. Large, segmentally-arched window to each front (north side obscured) flanked by round-arched openingswith circular ones above. Arched and corniced door under western window on south side. West front altered. Plain tower in 4 stages with round-arched and circular openings. Lowest stage now rendered with arched and corniced doorway. Square lead covered dome with plain lantern and spire. Interior remarkable for its dome, which has decorative paintings extending into the splayed reveals of 4 elliptical dormers. Vault springs from enriched corbels and from Corinthian column and pilaster defining west gallery which has enclosed vestry beneath northern half. Very fine original reredos by Grinling Gibbons 1686, pulpit with tester, font with cover and rails, organ case and gallery front, doorcases wall pews, 2 sword rests etc. Stone doorway to octagonal, domed lobby in base of tower. God wall monuments. One of the least altered of Wren's churches.
Listing NGR: TQ3275480927
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Source: English Heritage
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