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Church of St John the Evangelist, Whitfield

Description: Church of St John the Evangelist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 22 June 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 234621

OS Grid Reference: SP6077939548
OS Grid Coordinates: 460779, 239548
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0510, -1.1151

Locality: Whitfield
Local Authority: South Northamptonshire District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN13 5TE

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Listing Text

10/111 Church of St. John the


Church. 1869-70 by Henry Woodyer of Guildford. Coursed squared limestone, ridge
tile roofs. Chancel, vestry and organ chamber, nave, north aisle, west tower.
3-bay chancel has east window with 3 stepped lancets recessed in chamfered stone
surround with hood mould and ornamental miniature buttresses either side of
central light and lancet windows to south; chamfered plinth, moulded string,
stone eaves and stone stone-coped gable with kneelers. Vestry has lancet window
to east, with roll-moulded straight-headed stone surround and plank door; organ
chamber has 2 lancets to north, panel carved with sacred monogram in stone-coped
gable with kneelers. North aisle has lancet windows, those to north with
continuous equilateral arched hood mould with foliage label stops either end.
Nave has 2-light windows to south with plate tracery with oculus in heads,
double roll-moulded south door in south porch with chamfered doorway with inner
rounded trefoil arch on shafts with moulded capitals, 3 small lancets east and
west and stone-coped gable with kneelers. 2-stage west tower has chamfered west
door with hood mould, small lancet above, stair turret with stone roof to
south-east angle, diagonal buttresses to west angles, 2-light bell openings with
plate tracery, pointed trefoil heads to right, supported by shafts with moulded
capitals, quatrefoils in heads and hood moulds and broach spire with one tier of
lucarnes. Chamfered plinths and stone eaves to nave and aisle. Interior: chancel
has encaustic tiled sanctuary, fine timber communion rail with small pointed
trefoil arches and arch-braced collar-truss roof. Nave has 4-bay north arcade
with octagonal piers with broach stop bases, shouldered chamfered arches and
outer chamfered arches on corbels and hood moulds. Arch-braced collar-truss
roof. Complete set of pitch pine furnishings. Royal Arms of 1710; oil on canvas
(stored in tower). Early C19 charity board. Stained glass windows by Morris
Co. from 1890. The west tower of the old church was blown down during a heavy
gale on February 1st, 1869. The church, which was a modest aisleless structure
of chiefly C13 date, was found to be in such a state of decay as to necessitate
complete rebuilding. A photograph of the old church after the disaster is in the
National Monuments Record.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.460; Kelly's Directory for
Northamptonshire, 1928).

Listing NGR: SP6077939548

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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