Description: Church of St Lawrence
Date Listed: 3 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 235409
OS Grid Reference: SP8221559060
OS Grid Coordinates: 482215, 259060
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2236, -0.7978
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BRAFIELD ON THE GREEN CHURCH LANE
SP85NW (East side)
5/9 Church of St. Lawrence
Church. C12, C13 and C15, restored 1858. Chancel rebuilt 1848 by J.M. Derick,
North aisle and arcade rebuilt 1850, porch 1911. Coursed limestone and ironstone
rubble, slate and plain-tile roofs. Chancel, aisled nave, south porch and west
tower. 2-bay chancel has 3-light east window. 2-light windows north and south,
all with Decorated-style tracery and hood moulds. The walling is of limestone
banded with ironstone. Deep hollow-chamfered stone eaves, diagonal offset
buttresses and stone-coped east gable with kneelers. Aisles have 2-light windows
with Decorated-style tracery and hood moulds. South door with pointed arched
head in porch with shafts to doorway and double-chamfered arch. Small niche
above doorway and paired cusped 1-light windows to sides of porch. 3-stage tower
has small door to south with round-arched head and old plank door, 1-light
windows either side of large offset buttress to west with hood moulds, a lancet
window to middle stage south with hood mould and label stops, and 2-light
bell-chamber openings with transom, trefoil-headed lights, quatrefoil to head
and hood moulds. Massive diagonal offset buttress, gargoyles to angles and
battlemented chamfered chancel arch with polygonal responds. Nave has 3-bay
arcades, that to north C19 with circular piers and elaborate foliage capitals.
South arcade has polygonal east and west responds with stiff leaf capitals, one
circular pier with basketweave decoration to north side, waterleaf to other
sides, and another with keeled shafts to angles, coupled shafts to four sides,
and capital with stiff-leaf and carved heads to angles, both with moulded bases
and octagonal abaci; double-chamfered arches. Norman font has square bowl with
ornament of interlacing semi-circles and circular stem; probably much re-cut.
7-sided panelled pulpit, probably late C18.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: 1973, p119; VCH: Northamptonshire: Vol
IV, 1937, pp228-9)
Listing NGR: SP8221559060
Source: English Heritage
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