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Church of St Mary, Holy Island

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237727

OS Grid Reference: NU1256641776
OS Grid Coordinates: 412566, 641776
Latitude/Longitude: 55.6693, -1.8018

Location: Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland TD15 2RZ

Locality: Holy Island
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: TD15 2RZ

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There is also a scheduled monument, `the Palace' Medieval House and Tudor Supply Base, Holy Island Village, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text


12/18 Church of St. Mary


Parish Church. C12 and C13 incorporating earlier masonry. Bellcote C18. Random
rubble nave, chancel dressed stone, bellcote ashlar. Lakeland slate roof. Nave,
aisle, chancel, south porch and north vestry.

West end of nave has large C19 lancet flanked by giant offset buttresses which
join above to form an arch. Above this the C18 bellcote with keyed round-arched
openings and stone pyramid roof. Smaller buttresses to aisles.

4-bay nave with Victorian south porch. Victorian lancets and one large blocked
window. Buttresses between. North side of nave has old vestry to right and 2
windows with Y-tracery. North aisle east window is 3-light.

Chancel south side has blocked priest's door and small low side lancet. 3 lancets
with continuous hoodmoulds. East end has 3 stepped lancets with hoodmoulds,
buttresses between. 2 lancets and low side window on north side.

Gabled roof with flat coping and cross finials. Vane on bellcote. Aisle roofs
low-pitched with parapets.

Interior has C13 south door with continuous chamfer. 4-bay arcades. North
arcade of c.1200 with round piers and capitals. 3 chamfered round arches with
banded pink and white voussoirs; west bay is pointed arch, a C13 extension.

South arcade has hollow-chamfered pointed arches and octagonal piers. Double
chamfered C13 chancel arch. Remains of Saxon chancel arch visible above; also
Saxon masonry. Trefoiled piscina in south aisle. Large medieval grave cover set
in chancel north wall. East window by Mayer of Munich, chancel south window by
Atkinson. Hatchments with arms of Selby, Haggerston and Askew families in chancel.
Victorian oil lamps on brackets in chancel. Large C18 baluster font. Painted
wood memorial to Jane Moffitt 1797 in south aisle.

Listing NGR: NU1256441775

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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