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Church of St John the Baptist, Corby

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 March 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 229789

OS Grid Reference: SP8983788772
OS Grid Coordinates: 489837, 288772
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4895, -0.6783

Location: A427, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1XF

Locality: Corby
Local Authority: Corby Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN17 1XF

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Listing Text

SP8988NE (East side)
18/9 Church of St. John the Baptist


Church. Late C12, early C13, C14, datestone 1625, restored 1900. Regular coursed
limestone with ashlar chancel, porch, tower and spire. Lead roofs. Aisled nave,
chancel, south porch, vestry and west tower. South elevation of chancel of
2-window range of C14 two- and 3-light windows with reticulated tracery, one
with lozenges. 2 blocked door openings. Shallow gabled roof with ashlar parapets
and finial. Fine 4-light east window with reticulated tracery. North elevation
of chancel has one 2-light window similar to south elevation and central
gargoyle in parapet. C19 vestry is attached at right angles to chancel and has
3-light window with plate tracery in north gable. South aisle of 3-window range
of 2-light windows with intersecting tracery. Lean-to roof with ashlar gable
parapets. 3-light east window has intersecting tracery with cusping.
Single-light west window. Gabled south porch between windows has chamfered and
moulded outer arch with datestone 1625/IP, sundial and finial above. Porch has
stone gabled roof supported internally by chamfered transverse ribs, rising from
the ground and similar stone ridge member and purlins. C20 doors with stone
surround inserted in outer arch. North aisle restored 1900 is of 3-window range
of 2- and 3-light square-head windows with 2-stage buttresses between. Lean-to
roof with ashlar parapets. Lancet window in west elevation. Nave clerestory of
3-window range of 2-light square-head windows. Shallow gable roof at same level
as chancel has plain ashlar parapets. Decorated west tower of 3-stages with
5-stage angle buttresses at western corners. West door has chamfered and moulded
surround. Blocked window opening above. Single-light window to south face. North
face is only 2 stages with lower stage of coursed rubble. 2-light bell-chamber
openings to each face of upper stage. Quatrefoil frieze. Broach spire with short
octagonal pinnacles at each corner and pairs of carved heads at apex of
broaches. 2 tiers of lucarnes. Interior: 3-bay nave arcade. 2 bays of south
arcade are c.1200 with double chamfered arches, octagonal pier and responds with
upright stiff-leaf capitals. The west bay is similar, added c.1300. North arcade
is c.1900 with moulded and chamfered arches and octagonal piers. Double
chamfered chancel arch and chamfered tower arch, now blocked. Chancel roof may
have C14 timbers, other roofs are C19. Triple, ogee headed, sedilia and piscina
with cusping in the spandrels. Triangular headed tomb recess to left of altar
has crockets and 2 orders of shafts. Trefoil head piscina in south aisle. Late
C19 stone pulpit. Late C12 circular font with dogtooth arcading. Stained glass:
north chancel window and centre north aisle window have fragments of medieval
glass. 2 south chancel windows and one north aisle and two south aisle windows
have early C20 glass probably all by Morris and Co.

Listing NGR: SP8983788772

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Source: English Heritage

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