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Church of St Mary, Blanchland

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 April 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 240380

OS Grid Reference: NY9662650400
OS Grid Coordinates: 396626, 550400
Latitude/Longitude: 54.8484, -2.0541

Location: B6306, Blanchland, Northumberland DH8 9SS

Locality: Blanchland
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: DH8 9SS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Blanchland Premonstratensian Abbey, 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

NY 9650
24/14 Church of St. Mary
15.4.69 (formerly listed as Church
of St Mary the Virgin)


Parish church, formerly part of church of Premonstratensian abbey founded 1165
by Walter de Bolbec. Chancel c,1200-1210, north transept and tower mid C13
except for belfry stage of tower, C14. Repaired and adapted as parish church
1752 by Lord Crewe trustees, transept aisle rebuilt 1854, east end rebuilt 1881.
Squared stone with dressings; stone slate roof. L-plan, with tower at end of
north transept. Early English style.
Tower in 4 stages: chamfered plinth, set-backs and string courses; clasping
buttresses, north-western with newel stair (lit by chamfered loops) rising to
belfry, north-eastern with gabled heads below 2nd stage. Boarded doors on west
and east; western has pointed arch of 2 moulded orders with trefoil-headed
recess to north, beneath roof weathering of pre-1752 village chapel; eastern
has double-chamfered arch beneath steeply-pitched roof tabling of contemporary
chantry chapel. Lancet on north in triple-chamfered surround; similar window,
its head widened, above west door. Belfry stage has openings of 2 trefoiled
ogee-headed lights with quatrefoil over, and plain parapet. To south of tower,
4-bay west wall with central buttress formed from stub of north wall of abbey
nave. 2-light windows with Y-tracery, the southern C18 copies. 2-bay east
aisle of transept has 2-light windows in C14 style and lancet to north (blocked
pointed windows above aisle roof date from use of an upper floor as schoolroom,
1828-1851). Chancel has 2 lancets on north and south and a C19 triplet, with
shafted jambs, on the east.
Interior. Tall triple-chamfered tower arch; aisle arcade of pointed double-
chamfered arches with broach stops and chamfered hood, corbels and round column;
triple-chamfered transept arch on triple-shafted jambs, the broader central
shaft with fillet. Shouldered doorway to tower stair. Chancel lancets, have
lost jamb shafts; rear arches of east lancets form part of 5-bay wall arcade.
Triple sedilia on south largely C19; further west quirked jambs of blocked
sacristy door. Plain C12 or C13 font. 6 complete medieval grave slabs in
transept floor, including 2 to abbots and 2, with appropriate emblems, to
foresters. Small panels of C15 glass, 2 with figures of Premonstratensian
canons, in chancel windows. C18 arched commandment, creed and pater boards:
Old wall safe in transept aisle. Carved and panelled chancel ceiling of 1881;
sanctuary panelling, and reredos of 1890, carved screen and seating 1913.
'The Premonstratensian Abbey of St. Mary, Blanchland, Northumberland',
W.H. Knowles. Arch. J. LIX (1902) 328-41.

Listing NGR: NY9662550398

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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