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Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin
Date Listed: 9 December 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280550
OS Grid Reference: TM0261262307
OS Grid Coordinates: 602612, 262307
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2217, 0.9649
There is also a scheduled monument, Haughley Castle, 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.
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HAUGHLEY DUKE STREET (NORTH SIDE)
8/68 Church of St. Mary the
9/12/55 (formerly listed as Church of
GV I St Mary)
Parish church, mainly mid C14 and late C15. Flint and septaria rubble, some
areas also with limestone rubble. Freestone dressings. Nave and chancel
roofs slated, aisle and tower roofs flat with parapets. Nave, chancel, south
aisle and south-west tower. Vestry and organ chamber added to north side in
mid C19. Tower of c.1330 contains main entrance: a moulded and shafted outer
doorway, small moulded Y-traceried windows to east and west. Y-traceried
belfry windows with grotesque gargoyles above. Richly moulded inner doorway
of early C14; a pair of original doors with ovolo-moulded fillets and a cross-
battening. The ringing chamber floor is original. A wooden doorframe in the
outer doorway is dated 1699, with flanking initials; the 1st floor (probably
of same date) is constructed partly from components of a medieval rood screen.
South aisle of mid C14: four windows have curvilinear tracery, and there is a
cusped-headed piscina. A 5-bay nave arcade with octagonal piers with moulded
capitals; the wide chancel arch is similar. The chancel has a C14 south
doorway, and a piscina with pierced traceried spandrels. Nave much remodelled
in C15 when the clerestory was added and fine 5-bay roof built: cambered tie
beams with curved queenstruts to principal rafters; secondary trusses have
arch braced principals and braces clasping ridge; there are no collars. Fine
carved bosses at intersections, and embattling to tie-beams and cornice. The
lean-to aisle roof is similar with 3 tiers of purlins, restored angels at the
wallposts, and much cresting. C15 chancel windows, restored in C19. Good C15
font, octagonal limestone, with emblems of the evangelists alternating with
shield-bearing angels, and around the stem lions and wild men. In the chancel
is an C18 marble slab with well-carved achievment; and 4 others in the
sanctuary to C18 members of the Ray family. About 10 other slabs in the nave,
7 of which have brass indents of C16/C17. A wall monument in the nave to
Robert Offwood, d.1756 and his wife and 3 infants. Two other wall monuments
of early C18 in the aisle. 5 painted hatchments on the nave walls.
Listing NGR: TM0261262307
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Source: English Heritage
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