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Church of St Mary (Including Ruined Walls), Nuneaton

Description: Church of St Mary (Including Ruined Walls)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 December 1947
English Heritage Building ID: 308599

OS Grid Reference: SP3558892095
OS Grid Coordinates: 435588, 292095
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5256, -1.4769

Location: Bottrill Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5HT

Locality: Nuneaton
Local Authority: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
County: Warwickshire
Country: England
Postcode: CV11 5HT

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Listing Text

SP39SE (East side)
2/59 Church of St. Mary (including
06/12/47 ruined walls)
(Formerly listed as Abbey
Church of St. Mary)
- II

Church, incorporating the remains of a Benedictine nunnery. Fragments of late
C12 and 1236-1238. Nave rebuilt 1876 by Clapton Rolfe. Chancel rebuilt 1906 and
north transept 1929-1931 by Sir Harold Brakespear. Sandstone rubble with
limestone ashlar dressings, and some brick. Slate roofs have coped gable
parapets. Chancel, nave, north transept. Romanesque style nave, Early English
style chancel and transept. 4-bay chancel, 4-bay nave. Splay and moulded
plinths. Chancel and transept have geometrical tracery and moulded cornices
throughout. Chancel has buttresses to all sides, and subsidiary buttresses below
5-light east window. Gable parapet has cross finial. North and south sides have
2-light windows. Rood loft stair projection on south side rises into short
octagonal turret. Crossing south wall of brick has 2 plain arched windows.
Transept of 2 large bays has angle and west buttresses. Datestone 1929 in east
wall. 3-light south east window. Large bricked-up arch to an unbuilt east
chapel. Large 4-light north window. South west doorway of 3 moulded orders, one
with nook-shafts, and double-leaf doors projects slightly. Springing for
vaulting and roof of unbuilt porch. 3-light north west window. Hood moulds
throughout. Nave occupies 4 of the original 6 bays. Pilaster buttresses and
corbel table. Moulded windows with nook shafts are set high up. West front of
plain brick has small porch with segmental-arched casement and plank door in
right return side. Small round window high up. Small timber bellcote. Low C12
walls of fifth and sixth bays remain; the others remains as ruins. Interior:
chancel has Early English style arcading, of 2 bays to left and right of
reredos, blind to north, and forming piscina and sedilia to south. Trefoil
panelling below windows. 4-bay hammer beam roof has wall shafts and corbels, and
shaft between second and third bays. Crossing has remains of massive compound
piers, with responds of 4 orders of detached and attached shafts. Early English
east piers and much restored chancel arch. C12 west piers; southern pier has 2
original capitals. C20 queen post roof. Nave has triple wall shafts between
bays. All but western bay have blind arcading of intersecting arches. Windows
have triple rere arches with paired shafts and wall passages. Transept has
bricked-up arch of 2 orders to unbuilt chapel. Wall shafts, arches and springing
for unexecuted vaulting. Scissor-braced roof. Fittings: traceried oak rood
screen and rood dated 1921. Traceried octagonal font. C20 reredos. Scheduled as
an Ancient Monument.
(VCH: Warwickshire: Vol IV, p170-172; Buildings of England: Warwickshire,

Listing NGR: SP3558892095

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Source: English Heritage

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