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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wellingborough

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 9 June 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 233770

OS Grid Reference: SP9013068043
OS Grid Coordinates: 490130, 268043
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3031, -0.6796

Location: 175 Knox Road, Wellingborough NN8 1JJ

Locality: Wellingborough
Local Authority: Wellingborough Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN8 1JJ

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Listing Text

SP96NW (South side)
5/115 Church of St. Mary the Virgin


Chuch. 1908 to 1930 by Sir Ninian Comper. Ironstone ashlar with limestone
dressings and lead roof. Aisled navel chancel, north and south chapels, north
porch and west tower. All in Perpendicular style. South elevation of chancel of
one-window range projecting has 3-light window. Chancel east window is a 6-light
window with Reticulated tracery and statue niche above. South aisle of 8-window
range of 3-light windows with 2-stage buttresses between and pinnacles above.
Similar east window. Small octagonal spire at south-west corner. Lean-to roof
with limestone parapet. 3 bays to east end of south aisle have 2-storey south
chapel and parish hall attached; this is of 4-window range of 3- and 5-light
first floor windows. East window has Intersecting tracery under 4-centred-arch
head. Shallow gabled roof with castellated parapets. North elevation of chancel
of one-window range projection similar to south elevation. Single-storey vestry
projection of one-window range between chancel and north aisle has 5-light
square-headed windows and 4-light north aisle window above. North chapel of 3-
and 4-light windows with 3-stage gabled buttresses between. Similar elevation of
one-window range to south return wall. Shallow gabled roof with castellated
parapet. 2-storey porch to right of north chapel has Perpendicular style
openings with first floor statue niche having ogee head and flanking square head
windows. Quadripartite ceiling vault. 3-stage clasping buttresses if corners and
shallow gable roof with plain parapet. Octagonal turret of 4 stages attached to
right of porch has bellchamber openings to each face of upper stage and a
castellated parapet. North aisle of 4-window range of 3-light windows with
3-stage gabled buttresses between. Similar 2-light west window with entrance
below. Lean-to roof with castellated parapet and square pinnacles at corners.
Nave clerestory of 9-window range of 4-light windows with short square pinnacles
between. Shallow gable roof with plain parapet. West tower of 3 stages with
large 4-stage clasping buttresses at corners. West entrance has pair of panelled
doors under painted arch enclosing statue niche and flanking windows above.
Large 3-light west window in second stage and 2-light bell-chamber openings to
each face of third stage. Castellated parapet has panel decoration and square
truncated pinnacles at corners. Interior: 8-bay arcade of 4-centred chamfered
arches on tall octagonal piers with concave hollows. 2 bays to east form part of
the chancel and 6 bays to west, the nave. Similar 3-bay arcade to north chapel
and smaller, partially enclosed, 3-bay arcade to south chapel. Triple chamfered
tower arch. Fine pendant vaulted wood and plaster nave and chancel roof, those
sections to the east and west ends and above the chancel screen are painted in
blue and gold. Panelled north aisle roof is painted at the east end. Similar
sloping south aisle roof has pointed section adjacent to chancel screen. North
chapel roof is panelled, and has bosses and angels all painted. Wrought iron and
wood screens enclose the chancel arcade and the front of the chancel . The
chancel screen is a triple outer arcade with corresponding pairs of inner arches
in an early Renaissance style with Gothic decoration. Crucifix above is flanked
by figures of St. Mary, St. John and angels with God the Father above. The
screen has many painted and relief figures and is richly decorated in blue and
gold. Gold fronted alter has baldacchino supported on 4 Corinthian colomns with
figures above, all decorated with gold. Perpendicular style north chapel screen
and organ case above north porch are all painted in blue and gold. Linking
gallery between rood loft and organ loft is similar. Stained glass to chancel
east window, north chapel east window and porch window. Several other windows
have stained glass insets. Octagonal font with canopy is supported on 8 small
Doric colomns painted blue and gold with with octagonal wooden enclosure around
base. Panelled oak pulpit, pews and some wall panelling. Sir Ninian Comper was
responsible for all the internal fittings and the financing of the work was
largely due to the Misses Sharman of Wellingborough.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.435).

Listing NGR: SP9013068043

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Source: English Heritage

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