Description: Church of St Margaret Hardley
Date Listed: 5 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 226761
OS Grid Reference: TG3853400730
OS Grid Coordinates: 638534, 300730
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5521, 1.5171
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LANGLEY WITH HARDLEY LOWER HARDLEY ROAD
TG 30 SE
3/53 Church of St. Margaret
Parish church. C14 and C15 with some C12 work including base of west tower.
Flint, partly rendered and red brick; limestone dressings. Slate roofs.
West tower, nave, chancel, north porch, north vestry. Round west tower,
C12 with later upper stages; small western lancet, with bell opening above
semicircular headed, dressed in red brick with rubbed arch and dripmould.
North and south bell openings lancets with chamfered reveals. Embattled
tower parapet of red brick with roll-moulded copings. Tower not co-axial
with nave, suggesting a north aisle now incorporated in nave. Nave and
chancel each have two 2-light C15 windows on the south side, bays divided
by staged buttresses. Cl4 north nave doorway. Nave east gable much rebuilt
at south-east corner; coped gable parapet on moulded stone kneelers.
Diagonal buttresses to east gable; 4-light C15 east window, the cill
apparently raised. On the north side of the chancel, a C19 red brick vestry
with a parapeted north gable with internal chimney with an octagonal shaft;
two small lancets in gable with leaded iron-framed casements. Three 2-light
C15 windows in north wall of nave and chancel; the westernmost nave window
square-headed and probably of earlier date. North porch much rebuilt with
C14 ogee-headed entrance arch in brick gable. Niche with cusped head above
entrance. Block single-light window in west wall of porch. Interior: nave
and chancel ceilings plastered, arch-braced roofs on castellated wall corbels.
The chancel roof has short wall-posts and roll-moulded purlins. Roof stair
at south-east corner of nave. Screen probably C15 in origin but much restored
and with the remains of only one original-panel on the south side. C18
panelled pews built around C15 poppyhead benches. C15 piscina and dropped
cill sedilia in south wall of chancel. Stoup adjoining south nave door.
Chancel windows set in large arched recesses. Painted consecration
cross on west wall of nave; large St. Christopher on north wall of nave.
Good heraldic brass to Drake William Playters d.1632 in chancel. Good C15
font: octagonal on two risers, the upper riser with quatrefoil tracery:
four lions around the stem, the signs of the Evangelists and four angels
around the bowl.
Listing NGR: TG3853400730
Source: English Heritage
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