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Description: Church of St Andrew
Date Listed: 27 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281866
OS Grid Reference: TM5231081878
OS Grid Coordinates: 652310, 281878
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3768, 1.7056
TM 58 SW COVEHITHE
2/1 Church of St. Andrew
Parish church. Medieval work comprises tower, together with ruinous walls of
nave, chancel, north and south aisles and north sacristy of what was once a
large and impressive church. Present church erected 1672 within ruins of
nave. Random flint rubble, stone dressings; the C17 church has much re-used
material together with some red brick and a thatched roof. Early-mid C14
tower: tall, with 3 principal stages and a crenellated parapet; diagonal
buttresses to west, angle buttresses to east. At ringing chamber level on the
south side is a cusped ogee opening. The tracery of the bell chamber openings
is missing, Remainder of medieval church is C15, although the surviving
responds of the aisle arcades are C14. 7-bay aisles: the south aisle is the
more complete and has 6 intact window openings with small remains of tracery.
The aisles and chancel are faced with knapped flint, the south aisle and the
chancel having a plinth of panelled and chequered flushwork. The chancel
projects one bay east of the aisles, with very tall windows to the north and
south and a very large east window. The buttresses to the east wall have fine
canopied statue niches. Some carved stone corbels which supported the chancel
roof still remain. The C17 church has 2-light diamond-leaded windows divided
by wooden mullions; segmental arches with raised stone keys; C19 east window
in stone. Re-used north doorway, the arch enriched with fleurons; re-used
south doorway within a gabled porch. Inside, on the north and south walls,
are inscriptions: 'James Gilbert put it out 1672' and 'Enoch Girling put it
out 1672'. Fine C15 carved octagonal font; 3 C15 poppyhead benches at west
end of nave; carved pulpit incorporating some C17 woodwork. Arms of George
III beneath tower arch.
Listing NGR: TM5231081878
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