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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 232398
OS Grid Reference: SP9589373563
OS Grid Coordinates: 495893, 273563
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3518, -0.5935
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LITTLE ADDINGTON MAIN STREET
SP97SE (South side)
5/97 Church of St. Mary
Church. Late C13 and C14 and C19. Squared coursed and regular coursed limestone
with limestone and ironstone banded ashlar tower and ashlar spire. Lead, plain
tile and Welsh slate roofs. Aisled nave, chancel, north and south porches and
west tower. South elevation of chancel has one low-side window to far left, with
transom and trefoil tracery; bottom is blocked. South door is now a window.
Evidence of blocked window to right. Slated gabled roof with ashlar gable
parapets. Parapet at abutment with nave follows the line of a gambrel. 2-light
east window with reticulated tracery and carved label stops. Clasping buttresses
to right corner. North elevation of chancel has C19 vestry attached with
single-light east window. Shallow gable roof with ashlar gable parapets. South
aisle of 4 bays; 3-window range with 3-light window to far right with
reticulated tracery and carved label stops. Two 2-light windows have renewed
Y-tracery. Lean-to roof with ashlar gable parapets. 3-light east window with
Y-tracery and similar 2-light west window. Gabled porch in a bay to left of
centre. Double chamfered outer arch with octagonal responds and roll-moulded
inner arch with 2 orders of shafts. Plain tile roof. North aisle of 4 bays;
3-window range with 3-light window under 4-centred head to far left and two
2-light windows, one with Y-tracery, the other with a trefoil circle. Lean-to
roof with ashlar parapets. C19 two-light west window. Gabled porch in bay to
right of centre has double chamfered outer arch with carved label stops and
moulded inner arch. Blocked window to former parvis room above outer doorway.
Quadripartite ribbed vault and plain tile roof. Partially legible tablet on
north aisle wall has early C18 date; probably refers to a restoration. 3-bay
nave clerestory of 2-light square-head windows. Shallow gable roof with ashlar
parapet. C14 west tower of 3 stages with 3-stage angle buttresses to western
corners of lower 2 stages. The base of the tower is embraced by the aisles. Fine
west doorway has crocketted ogee head with fragments of figures in the hollow
moulding. Flanking ribbed pinnacles. 2-light window above with mouchettes.
2-light bell-chamber openings in upper stage have reticulated tracery and are
set in a recessed wall panel. Corbelled parapet above has quatrefoil frieze.
Gargoyles and base of ribbed pinnacles at corners. Octagonal spire rises behind
parapet, with 2 tiers of lucarnes. Interior: 3-bay nave arcade of late C13
roll-moulded arches with quatrefoil piers with keeled shafts in the diagonals.
The north and south sides differ in detail. Double chamfered chancel arch with
bracketted responds. Tall triple chamfered tower arch with continuous responds,
to nave. Similar smaller tower arches to aisles. C19 roof structures, that in
the chancel has 3 trusses with decorated spandrels. C19 moulded arch from
chancel to vestry/organ chamber. Original 3-light east window of the north aisle
now forms screen between vestry and aisle. Trefoil-head piscina to right. South
aisle east window and south-east window have roll-moulded inner arch and one has
label stops. Double piscina with Y-tracery and shafts in south aisle, also
arch-head niche. Perpendicular pulpit with tracery panels and C14 screen with
doors. C19 painted tablets with 10 commandments flanking chancel east window.
Stained glass: fragments of C14 glass in north aisle north-east window and C19
glass to chancel east window and tower west window. Monuments: 2 illegible brass
tablets to Saunderson family in vestry, tablet dated 1694, above, to Elizabeth
Sanderson has flanking scrolls and arched cornice. 2 tablets, late C18 and early
C19, to Gascoyen family in south aisle. C19 octagonal font.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.292; V.C.H.: Northamptonshire, Vol.3,
Listing NGR: SP9589373563
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