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Description: Church of St Peter
Date Listed: 10 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 329431
OS Grid Reference: SE8872673175
OS Grid Coordinates: 488726, 473175
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1468, -0.6431
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WINTRINGHAM CHURCH LANE
SE 87 SE
(north side, off)
Church of St Peter
Church. Early C14 incorporating C12 chancel, with rebuilt east end of C15;
early C14 arcades and chancel arch; late C14 tower, repaired 1818; C15 nave
windows. Re-roofed and restored 1887. Dressed sandstone with slate roof.
West tower; 4-bay aisled nave; chancel. 4-stage tower on double-chamfered
plinth, with north- and south-west diagonal buttresses, north-east angle
buttress and south-east vice. Shouldered doorway in first stage of vice.
Chamfered string course to each tower stage. Stilted-arched west window of
3 Perpendicular lights in triple-chamfered opening with continuous
hoodmould. Slit windows to north and west of third stage. Paired louvred
bell openings with Decorated tracery in double-chamfered openings beneath
pointed hoodmoulds on shield stops. Corbel table of masks, grotesques,
fleurons and heraldic devices. Embattled parapet, enriched with wavy
tracery and armorial bearings, pierced by quatrefoils, and with pinnacles
and angle water spouts. Recessed octagonal spire. West windows to both
aisles are square-headed, of 2 lights with Perpendicular tracery, in double-
chamfered openings. Continuous coved hoodmoulds. North aisle window
largely restored. North and south aisles on double-chamfered plinths.
Pointed south door on original strap hinges, beneath hoodmould. 3 square-
headed 2-light windows with Perpendicular tracery, in double-chamfered
openings beneath continuous hoodmoulds. Chamfered eaves band with carved
water spouts. Plain parapet with carved heads in place of pinnacles.
Similar parapet to nave. North aisle exactly repeats the south. East end
windows square-headed Perpendicular. Chancel on sloping plinth with
pilaster buttresses. Narrow round-headed priests' door beneath leaf-stopped
hoodmould. Low side window of paired trefoil-headed lights beneath square
hoodmould. To east, two 2-light Perpendicular windows in double-chamfered
openings beneath head-stopped hoodmoulds. Defaced corbel table beneath
embattled parapet. North side repeats south with one Perpendicular window
only, beneath hoodmould on fleuron stops, one incised, the other in low
relief. Diagonal-buttressed east end on double-chamfered plinth. Restored
3-light Perpendicular window with chamfered sill band and hoodmould. Coped
gables. Nave and chancel gable crosses.
Interior: pointed double-chamfered tower arch, dying into sides, beneath
stopped hoodmould. North and south arcades of continuous moulded, double-
chamfered pointed arches on piers with tall bases, those to western responds
with large broach spurs. Pointed double-chamfered chancel arch. Blocked
round-arched opening in chancel north wall, in chamfer-stopped surround
beneath hoodmould. Double aumbry in chamfered openings on south side. East
end of both aisles closed off by C15 embattled screens of open traceried
panels. In south chapel thus formed is a trefoil-headed piscina in the
south wall and a carved niche with ribbed and crocketed canopy on north
side. Arcaded screen inside tower, dated 1723. C17 poppyhead nave pewing;
lectern and pulpit incorporate C17 panelling, some carved. Octagonal pulpit
tester with pendant finials. C17 baluster poorbox carved with flowers and
foliage. Norman tub font with tall octagonal cover painted with winged
cherubs and dated 1736. Other fittings include a 1723 hatchment in tower;
2 painted panels in tower, one recording its repair in 1818, the second an
admonishment to bellringers:
"I pray you Gentlemen beware
And when you ring ye Bells take care;
For he that rings and breaks a stay,
Must pay sixpence without delay;
And if you ring in Spurs or Matt,
You must likewise pay sixpence for that.
Michael Gill Clarke. 1723."
Paternoster and Commandment boards in north aisle; painted text from Genesis
over chancel arch. Metalwork: original strap hinges on both doors; two C19
brass chandeliers. Stained glass: series of C15 saints in the tracery of
all nave and aisle windows. Monument: on chancel north respond a painted
memorial to John Lister (d 1651) in the form of an acrostic. Roofs: nave
roof dated 1887 on south wall plate; north wall plate retained, dated 1685.
Arch-braced collar beams with collar and side purlins, all wind-braced:
subsidiary rafters have straight braced collars. Some roof corbels carved
as heads or fleurons. Chancel roof probably early C20: hammer-beam roof
with moulded ribs and traceried spandrels.
Listing NGR: SE8871973177
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