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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 28 May 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 233433
OS Grid Reference: SP8788560446
OS Grid Coordinates: 487885, 260446
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2352, -0.7145
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GRENDON CHURCH WAY
SP8760 (North side)
23/153 Church of St. Mary
Church. Mid C12 to C14, restored C19. Squared coursed and regular coursed
limestone with ironstone dressings and west tower of limestone and lias ashlar;
and with lead and slate roofs. Aisled nave, chancel, west tower and south porch.
South elevation of chancel of 3-window range of C14 two- and 3-light
square-headed windows, that to left has a transom and low sill. South door to
left of centre. Gabled roof with ashlar parapet and finial. C19 four-light east
window in Perpendicular style, has label stops of earlier opening. North
elevation of chancel of 2-window range of C14 two-light square headed windows
with blank centre bay. Window to right has low sill to one light. South aisle of
3-window range of 3-light windows; centre window has 4-centred head and those
flanking have square heads. 3-light east and west windows. Lean-to roof with
castellated ashlar parapet. Gabled porch to far left has square finial with
sundial. Double chamfered outer arch and late C12 inner door opening with one
order of shafts, a thick roll moulding and flat faces of arch decorated with
saltire crosses and palmette leaves. North aisle of 3-window range with 2-light
square headed windows to far left. 3-light window with 4-centred head to left of
centre and double lancet to right of centre. Transitional north door opening to
far right has double-stepped pointed arch. 3-light east and west windows.
Lean-to roof with plain ashlar parapet. Nave clerestory of 3-window range of
2-light square headed windows. Shallow gabled roof with castellated ashlar
parapet. Perpendicular west tower of 5 stages with 4-stage clasping buttresses
at corners terminating in panelled corner pinnacles. Lower 2 stages are banded
limestone and lias. West door opening has decorated spandrels and ribbed door
with tracery decoration. Large 3-light Perpendicular window above has 2 small
quatrefoils to right. Square panel at base of third stage has 4-petal flower
tracery. Tall 2-light bell-chamber openings, with transoms, to each face of
upper 2 stages. Gargoyles at corners and castellated parapet. Clock on south
face has date 1862. Interior: 4-bay nave arcades. The 2 western bays on either
side are C12 plain round arches with circular piers having scallops and circular
abaci. The 2 eastern bays are double-chamfered Decorated arches with polygonal
piers. Double-chamfered chancel arch on carved brackets and double-chamfered
tower arch with polygonal responds. Triple sedilia with crocketed head in
chancel also Easter Sepulchre. Trefoil head piscina in south aisle. C19 roof
structures. C19 furnishings and font. 3 Compton family hatchments in north
aisle. Monuments: 3 brasses in nave are two C15 knights with lady between. Plain
inscribed tablet to Thomas Willoughby died 1682, north wall of chancel. C19
stained glass east window probably by Kempe, aisle windows in geometrical
patterns. Late C17 clock mechanism in north aisle.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.240).
Listing NGR: SP8788560446
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