Description: Church of St John Baptist
Date Listed: 4 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 223239
OS Grid Reference: TG1819540067
OS Grid Coordinates: 618195, 340067
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9137, 1.2438
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AYLMERTON CHURCH ROAD
TG 14 SE
2/1 Church of St.John
Parish church. Medieval. Flint with stone dressings. Lead and pantile roofs.
West tower, nave, south porch, north chapel (now ruinous), chancel. Embattled
round tower of c1300 with inserted door to south having flint jambs, stone
imposts and 2-centred arch. Lancet west window. Y-tracery bell openings;
gargoyles; later flushwork battlements. Flanking the tower in the west wall
of the nave are 2 2-light Decorated windows with cusped quatrefoil heads, that
to the south with base to the central shaft, that to the north restored.
Buttressed nave of 3 bays with diagonal buttresses; to the south 2 3-light
windows with panel tracery; brick repairs to buttress. To the north a blocked
doorway with hood mould; 1 3-light window with panel tracery; the third bay
has a blocked 4-centred arch with line of shallow pitched roof above now
enclosing a Y-tracery window; to north of this the ruins of a chapel with some
stone reveals remaining of a large north window. Chancel, buttressed to south
with diagonal buttresses. South wall probably re-faced with knapped flints
in C19. To south one restored Y-tracery window; priests door with chamfered
reveals and hood mould; one C19 2-light Decorated window. East window Decorated
of 3 lights. No windows to north; base of rood stair; blocked triangular headed
door. 2-storey porch to first south nave bay with diagonal buttresses. Cusped
lights in east and west walls; external stair to east with quatrefoil lights.
Archway with shafts having polygonal abaci, arch with roll and fillet moulding
and a deep hollow to continuous inner and outer orders; hood mould. Cusped
niche over. Above this, the roof probably having been raised, is a cusped
light with brick reveals; square hood mould. Nave doorway with slender shafts
with fillet; castellated abaci with a castellated shaft band below; continuous
inner and outer orders; hood mould with castellated base for statue above.
Interior. Stoup with fluted shaft, polygonal base and abacus, ogee arch with
finial of feathers. Iron-bound door to parvise. Cusped piscina in south wall.
Archway to former chapel, shafts lost, polygonal abaci, hollow chamfered arch
with outer chamfered order. Rendered tower arch with off-set in wall above;
over this a blocked opening. Chancel arch shafts are hacked to accommodate
C15 rood screen, the panels now lost. Chancel arch with hollow chamfer with
deep hollow to outer and inner continuous orders. 4 re-used poppyhead bench
ends with intersecting tracery and quatrefoils. Blocked north door with
continuous chamfer. Restored ogee-headed drop-sill sedilia and piscina with
crocketted finials, cusps and rosettes. C19 roofs. C19 font.
Listing NGR: TG1819540067
Source: English Heritage
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