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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 15 April 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 239469
OS Grid Reference: NZ0849863707
OS Grid Coordinates: 408498, 563707
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9679, -1.8688
NZ 0863 - 0963 OVINGHAM WEST ROAD
22/114 Church of St. Mary
Parish church. Cll tower. South doorway late C12. The rest of the church
mainly C13, restored 1857. Dressed stone and Welsh slate roof. Chancel,
aisled transepts, nave, south porch. West tower and vestry. Unbuttressed
west tower has 2-light round-arched bell openings, with baluster mullion and
pierced roundel over, in round-headed thin raised frame. Further small round-
headed windows below, 2 on south side and one on west. South porch has outer
doorway with 2 continuous chamfers and inner doorway with 2 orders of colonettes
and roll-moulded round arches. Windows to 2-bay nave and to transept aisle are
paired Victorian lancets but transepts and chancel have very long C13 lancets
with buttresses between. 3 exceptionally tall stepped lancets at east end.
Renewed priest's door. Vestry has 12-pane Georgian windows. Steeply pitched
roofs with flat coping and foliated cross finials on all gables.
Interior: Arcades have 2 chamfers and hoodmoulds with figured label stops.
Round piers and responds except for 2 octagonal ones at angle of transepts and
aisles. One south capital partly carved with foliage in C14. Other capitals
plainly moulded, those on north side later, probably early C14. Triple shafted
corbel responds to transept aisles, that on north side with nailhead, on south
side with big dogtooth. Chancel arch has semi-octagonal responds and similar
capitals. East windows have roll-moulded surrounds. Trefoiled sedilia with
renewed colonettes and capitals. Round C13 font on 4 colonettes. Finely-carved
C18 black marble monument on sanctuary floor. Painted Royal coat of arms on
west wall. Late Victorian pulpit, screen, lectern and choir stalls. Windows
by Wailes and by Clayton and Bell. 2-panelled door to vestry. Monument to
Thomas Bewick in south porch. Monuments attached to wall outside. Bell family
transept south wall. George Burnett on south transept east wall and William
Blacket on chancel south wall. 9 medieval grave covers leaning against nave
Listing NGR: NZ0849463706
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Source: English Heritage
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