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Description: Church of St John the Baptist
Date Listed: 17 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 235010
OS Grid Reference: SP6991751629
OS Grid Coordinates: 469917, 251629
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1585, -0.9794
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SP 65 SE TIFFIELD HIGH STREET SOUTH
3/190 Church of St. John the Baptist
Church. C13 and C14. Restored, south aisle and porch added 1859 by E.F. Law;
further restoration and rebuilding 1873 by H.C. Vernon. Coursed limestone
rubble, slate roofs to nave and chancel, lead roofs to aisles and tower,
plain-tile roof to porch. Chancel, aisled nave, south porch and west tower.
Chancel has 3-light C19 Decorated east window and similar 2-light window to
south-west. Original foliated east gable cross re-set in south wall. Nave has
3-bay clerestory with quatrefoil window to south flanked by trefoiled windows;
arrangement reversed to north. Aisles has 2-light C19 Decorated-style windows.
South door, re-set, has many moulded doorway, 6-panel double leaf doors with C19
ornamental hinges and hood mould. South porch has double hollow-chamfered
doorway, small niche above with ogee hood mould and stone-coped gable with
kneelers. West tower has 2-light west window with ogee-arched heads to lights
and quatrefoil to head, similar bell-chamber openings and battlemented parapet
with gargoyles north and south. Nave and aisles have stone-coped parapets,
chamfered stone eaves to chancel and angle buttresses to chancel. All windows
have hood moulds except those to clerestory, most with carved label stops,
Interior: chancel has 2-seat sedilia with double roll-moulded arches, and
encaustic-tiled floors. Nave has 3-bay arcades, C13 to north with circular piers
and moulded bases and capitals, C19 to south with octagonal piers and polygonal
responds. Norman font, circular with palmette ornament in beaded scalloped
moulding on C19 base. C19 stain-glass windows to east end and west end of south
aisle. Hanoverian Royal Arms, oil on canvas. Monuments: stone wall monument to
Gerance James, d.1645, with inscription alluding to Civil War. Slate wall
monument to Rev. John Gilbert, d.1730, and his wife Frances, d.1749. Horizontal
oval white marble wall monument on polished slate background to Rev. Bartholemew
Keeling, d.1779, and his wife May, erected, as inscription records, by their
executers, the Rectors of Orlingbury and Maidford, April 1781. White marble
wall monument signed by Whiting to Rhoda, wife of Rev. J.T. Flesher who died
1837 with tribute beginning "SHE WAS ZEALOUSLY PIOUS WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM".
Similar monument to her youngest son James, d.1838.
(Buildings of England, Northanptonshire, 1973, p431-2)
Listing NGR: SP6991751629
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