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Church of St Mary, Holme Next the Sea

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 June 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 221208

OS Grid Reference: TF7070443429
OS Grid Coordinates: 570704, 343429
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9611, 0.5401

Location: 2 Kirkgate Street, Holme Next the Sea, Norfolk PE36 6LH

Locality: Holme Next the Sea
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE36 6LH

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Listing Text


2/26 Church of St. Mary.

5/6/53 I

Parish church. Perpendicular tower, body of church replaced 1778, chancel
partly Perpendicular. Tower squared and knapped flint with stone dressings,
nave cut-stone, chancel cemented with stone dressings, C20 concrete pantiled
roofs. Built by Henry of Nottingham, a judge and member of the Council of
the Duchy of Lancaster under Henry IV (1399-1413), but only elaborate tower
and chancel survive. 4 storey tower. Porch forms ground-floor, with 3 orders
and elaborate hollowed and chamfered arch set within square frame with tracery
in sprandrels. Star vault with bosses, corner columns, stone benches to east
and west, brick dressed window reveals, Perpendicular door with niche above.
Plinth, angle buttresses on south face, parts of buttresses at right angles
to north face. First floor has 4 2-light mullioned and transomed windows
with swept hood-mould with cross, internally boarded. Second floor with
tracery sound-hole window, third floor with 3-light traceried belfry window
to each face, brick battlements, 4 stone spirelet finials. East and west
face ground floor 2-light Perpendicular windows, single lancet to first floor,
and rectangular lights to internal stairs. North face with simplified 2-light
belfry window. Nave of 3 bays with 2 straight headed windows of Gothic
inspiration, central round headed window all of 3 lights with mullions. Stone
plinth and modillion eaves cornice. Chancel partly of early C15, blocked
south window and priest's door, sill only of further blocked window, 2 south
and 2 east angle buttresses. East window 1778, stone sill, imposts and key-
stone, metal glazing bars and arched fanlight head. 2 C20 wedge buttresses.
North face of nave blank, c.1840 Gothick vestry pebble flint with brick
dressings north of chancel. Interior : springing of embrasure of original
west window now built into north west angle of tower. C20 lobby connects
tower and 1778 west front, with simple classical door. Nave 1778 with C19
roof. Perpendicular chancel arch. South side of chancel with simple Decorated
3 arch sedilia with columns, double arched piscina of c.1300. A painted royal
arms of 1779 over south priest's door, and carved, pre-1802 Royal Arms over
vestry door. Alabaster wall monument with kneeling figures on 2 rows, obelisks
and central roundel, 1607. Early C15 brass to Henry of Nottingham and his
wife "have yat maden this church steeple and quere". High Victorian stone
pulpit and font. 3-light stained west window mid C19. Date 1778 of
rebuilding and initials of church wardens above.

Listing NGR: TF7070443429

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Source: English Heritage

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