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Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin
Date Listed: 14 June 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 288229
OS Grid Reference: SU9729253574
OS Grid Coordinates: 497292, 153574
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2730, -0.6067
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SU 95SE WORPLESDON C.P. WORPLESDON ROAD
5/163 Church of St. Mary
14.6.67 the Virgin
Church. C13 north cahpel, C15 remainder - all restored in 1866. Sarsens
in tower and aisle, ironstone and flint rubble to west wall of north aisle
and north chapel, all with stone dressings. Plain tiled roof. Aisled nave
wtih square tower to west, chancel with north chapel to east, flat roof
extension to south east in gabled porch to south. 2 stage battlemented
tower in Perpendicular style, with crowning square wooded C18 cupola under
hipped lead roof, crowned by weathervane. Diagonal buttresses to west end,
square stair turret to north east angle with hipped, pyramidal roof. Four-
centred belfry lights to first stage, stone dressed, 5-light west window below.
Buttressed aisles with C15 trefoil head clerestory windows, one and two lights,
3 to each side with oblong, C17, 2-light windows to aisles below under label
mouldings. C19 renewed windows to east end of chancel chapel, curvilinear
3-light east window with ogee arched tracery. Gabled half-timbered porch
to south with moulded barge boards and rendered infilling gable,datedl591.
"Tudor" 4-centred, arched entrance. Brick dado walls below with open arcades
above under "shouldered" arches and moulded mullions. "Tudor" arched south
door in stone surround. West doors under flat label moulding with roses in
spandrels of arch surround.
Interior: tiled floor with whitewashed walls. Late C13 nave arcades of 3 bays
on round piers with double, hollow - chamfered, arches. Crimped plaster
decoration around nave arcade arches and aisle window recesses and south door.
Tall tower arch to west with attached piers, C19 chancel arch to east.
Inscription on inner face of tower reads "Richard Exfold made XIV fote of
Fittings: Triple arched Sedelia on south side of chancel. Piscina on south
wall of aisle. C17 pulpit transferred from Eton College: cut down panelled
oak with foliage edges. Font: late C17, also from Eton College: marble,
octagonal bowl with gadrooned, foliage decorated, socket. Octagonal baluster
stem with shel decoration to plinth. Stained glass: east window to north aisle
with two C14 figures under ogee canopies. East window by Clayton & Bell 1887.
Monuments: two empty ogee headed, C14 canopies in north chapel.
PEVSNER: BUILDINGS OF ENGLAND, SURREY (1971) pp 539-540.
V.C.H. SURREY, VOL III pp 390-395.
MANNING & BRAY: HISTORY OF SURREY, VOL III pp 101-3.
Listing NGR: SU9729253574
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