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Church of St Michael, Great Oakley

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 February 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 229782

OS Grid Reference: SP8712485851
OS Grid Coordinates: 487124, 285851
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4637, -0.7190

Locality: Great Oakley
Local Authority: Corby Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN18 8HB

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Listing Text

SP88NE (North side)
Great Oakley
7/2 Church of St. Michael


Church. C13, C15 and C17. Regular coursed limestone with ashlar tower and porch
and C20 artificial slate roof. Nave, chancel, south aisle, west tower and south
porch. South elevation of chancel, C15, of one-window range with 3-light window
with arch-head lights. Small side lancet to left. Gabled roof with stepped and
castellated parapet. 3-light square-head east window has arch-head lights and
wood lintel. North elevation of chancel of 2-window range of 2-light square-head
windows. South aisle of 3-window range of 2- and 3-light square-head windows.
Steep gable roof forms catslide with the nave roof and has ashlar gable parapet,
part stepped at apex. Gabled porch to centre has double chamfered outer arch and
roll moulded inner arch. North elevation of nave of 3-window range with two
4-light square-head windows, with arch-head lights to right and C14 two-light
window to left. South door to right of centre. Gable roof with stepped parapet.
West tower c.1618 of 2 stages with deep roll moulded plinth at base. Shallow
3-stage buttress at western corners. 2-light square-head bell-chamber openings
to each face of upper stage. Castellated parapet. Interior: 5-bay south arcade
to nave is arranged in bays of 2 and 3 with section of wall between. Double
chamfered arches with octagonal piers. Double chamfered 4-centred chancel arch
with octagonal responds. Nave ceiling is a plastered tunnel vault with plain tie
beams. C20 chancel roof. Arched tomb recess behind pulpit. Late C18 panelled
pulpit has C19 family pew attached to rear. Vestry screen has two original
panels probably C17. Perpendicular chancel screen restored C19. Communion rail
with turned balusters. Piscina with trefoil head to right of altar. Monuments:
Arthur Brooke died 1620, north wall of chancel; inscribed brass plaque is in
stone tablet with reeded pilasters, dentilled cornice and scrolls with obelisks
over; plain tomb chest below. Mary Supple died 1782, south wall of chancel, bow
fronted stone tablet on brackets. Sir Richard Brooke de Capell Brooke died 1829,
marble tablet by Francis of London with draped urn. Other tablets to de Capell
Brooke family, 5 hatchments in chancel roof and one above family pew in nave.
Inscribed brass plaque in south wall of chancel. Octagonal font. C19 misericords
in chancel incorporate earlier work said to originate from Pipewell Abbey.
Stained glass; north chancel window has fragments of medieval glass.
(Buildings of England Northamptonshire, p.235).Pair of headstones. One is dated
1681, other is similar C17. Limestone ashlar. Scull decoration. Partially
legible inscriptions.

Listing NGR: SP8712485851

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Source: English Heritage

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