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Description: Church of St Cuthbert
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 334582
OS Grid Reference: SE6563113176
OS Grid Coordinates: 465631, 413176
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6110, -1.0095
There is also a scheduled monument, Wayside Cross on Pinfold Lane, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
FISHLAKE CHURCH LANE
SE 61 SE
7/8 Church of St. Cuthbert
Church. C12 south door, also C13 but mostly C14 and C15. Ashlar magnesian
limestone, lead and Welsh slate roofs. West tower overlapped by aisles to
5-bay nave, lower 3-bay chancel with south chapel and north organ chamber in
continuation of the aisles. In Decorated and Perpendicular styles.
Tower: 4 stages. Chamfered plinth and 2 moulded bands; offset angle
buttresses. C13 west door with pointed arch and hoodmould beneath large,
transomed, 5-light window with cusped lights, traceried head and hoodmould.
Above south aisle are carvings of a bird and crown. 3rd stage has west niche
with statuette of St. Cuthbert beneath a crocketed pinnacle. String course
below paired 2-light belfry openings with louvres, hoodmoulds and dividing
buttresses. Iron-faced west clock across string course beneath embattled
parapet with 8 crocketed pinnacles; gargoyles to north and south.
Nave: chamfered plinth and moulded band; offset buttresses between bays, the
east buttresses larger and with gablets. Buttressed and gabled south porch
on left with restored outer doorway having shafts and semicircular responds
to pointed arch with hoodmould; remarkable C12 south door within has columns
to round arch of 4 orders heavily carved with foliage, heads, animals and
figures (described at length in Pevsner, p201, plate 5). 3-light windows,
that against tower with Tudor-arched head, that to right of porch with square
head, the window beyond with reticulated tracery and pointed arch. C13 west
window to south aisle has lancet lights beneath carved hoodmould. North
aisle has 2 bays rebuilt in thinly-coursed stone; deeply-chamfered north door
in a gabled portico set below a buttress; tall square-headed windows with
cusped heads, that to bay 5 with Decorated tracery. Both aisles have
oversailing course beneath parapets with roll-moulded copings and west
pinnacles. Tall, Perpendicular, clerestorey windows of 3 lights beneath
pointed arches with hoodmoulds. Cavetto-moulded course with gargoyles
beneath embattled parapet with crocketed pinnacles and cross to east.
Chancel; C12 round-arched priest's door in rubblework panel on left,
buttress to right with square-headed window of 5 ogee lights beyond; restored
Perpendicular 3-light windows over. South chapel, in aisle, has diagonal
buttress with gargoyles and cusped 5-light windows to south and east; north
organ chamber similar. Decorated east window of 7 lights with curvilinear
tracery and hoodmould. North wall has blocked, 2-bay, C13 arcade with
buttress across eastern bay and triangular-headed 4-light window in west bay.
Interior: 3 treble-chamfered tower arches. C13 aisle arcades with circular
piers and capitals to double-chamfered arches, treble-shafted west responds,
south-east respond with shafts and half-octagonal pier. C15 nave roof with
1 boss and traces of ceilure in wastern bay. C14 moulded chancel arch and
quadrant-moulded west arches to chapel and organ chamber; Tudor arches into
the chancel. C13 arcade to former north chapel. C15 chancel roof with
cambered tie beams, punlins and carved boss. Octagonal font: C14, on 2-step
plinth with figure niche beneath canopy on each side; probably C18 wooden
cover with bird finial. Mostly C19 fittings: earlier rood screen with
mullions and ogee-headed opening. Royal coat of arms `GR 1754' near north
door. Monuments: large tomb chest against chancel north wall to Richard
Marshall (d1505) - plinth and side panels with inscriptions and carvings of
books, chalices, tools, scales etc; no brass inlay remains. Nearby a carved
stone frame with inscription to Robert Simpson (d1704); opposite a broken-
pedimented wall plaque to Rev. John Gibson (d1768) and wife Margaret (d1759).
Brasses in south chapel to Hannah Perkins (d1669) and Richard Perkins (1673).
N. Pevsner, B.O.E., 1967.ed.
Listing NGR: SE6562513175
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