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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285287
OS Grid Reference: TM2815966965
OS Grid Coordinates: 628159, 266965
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2535, 1.3414
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TM 26 NE DENNINGTON THE STREET
3/49 Church of St. Mary
Parish church. Medieval. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, west tower,
north porch, north sacristy. Random flint and stone rubble, the nave
plastered at clerestory level; stone dressings; red brick sacristy; leaded
roof to nave, slated roof to chancel. Fine late C14 tower with later
crenellated brick parapet; 3-stage diagonal buttresses to west, angle
buttresses against the north and south faces on the east side; at the north
east corner is a staircase turret which rises above the parapet; the west face
of the tower has a moulded doorway with original doors and a 3-light window
with 3 large stepped niches above; 2-light bell chamber openings. Late C14 5-
bay aisles with 3-light windows; 6-bay clerestorey with original 2-light
windows. Early C15 porch with flushwork to plinth and lower facade; above and
to each side of the entrance are empty niches; original nave door. Fine early
C14 3-bay chancel: matching 3-light windows to north and south, 5-light east
window, all with reticulated tracery and hood moulds with carved stops;
original Priest's doorway to south. Internally the windows are shafted and
have hood moulds, both with finely carved capitals and stops. North of the
chancel is the 2-storey mid C15 sacristy, in largely original condition. 5-
bay aisle arcades with octagonal piers; the eastern bay of the north and south
aisles are the Lady Chapel and Bardolph Chapel respectively. Early C14 single
framed and braced nave roof; original lean-to aisle roofs. South window
recess of Bardolph Chapel has fine carved stonework forming a decorative
canopy to a tomb chest below; to either side of the window are stone shafts
with candle platforms. South chancel has a fine piscina and sedilia with
enriched triangular canopies. The furnishing are particularly fine. In
summary: C15 font with medieval cover; very fine set of richly carved C15
benches; some good box pews, mainly C18-C19; three-decker pulpit (1628);
exceptionally fine mid C15 parclose screens to both chapels, complete with
lofts; carved dado of C15 rood screen; C18 altar rails; pyx canopy of c.1500;
Royal Arms of George III above south door; framed copies of Lord's Prayer,
Creed and Commandments (1842) in south aisle. Tomb of Lord Bardolph (d.1441)
and his wife in Bardolph Chapel: very fine carved alabaster tomb chest with
recumbent effigies; good wall monument to Sir Thomas Rous (d.1603) also in
Bardolph Chapel. 5 chancel windows retain some good medieval stained glass.
Graded I for medieval fabric and furnishings.
Listing NGR: TM2815966965
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Source: English Heritage
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