Description: Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 334690
OS Grid Reference: SE6897513263
OS Grid Coordinates: 468975, 413263
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6114, -0.9589
There is also a scheduled monument, Peel Hill Motte and Bailey Castle, Thorne., 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.
SE 6813 (SE 61 SE)
15/112 Church of St. Nicholas
Church. C12, C13, C14 and C15. Rubble and ashlar limestone, lead roofs.
West tower overlapped by aisles to 5-bay nave with south porch, lower 2-bay
chancel with transeptal south chapel, north organ chamber and vestry.
Tower: C13; tall lower stage with later buttresses flanking a 2-light,
Y-tracery west window with hoodmould; short 2nd stage with string course
below and above Y-tracery window of 2 lights; Perpendicular belfry stage has
paired 2-light openings with louvres and shared hoodmoulds; embattled parapet
with crocketed pinnacles, west clock, flagpole and weathervane.
Nave: C15 2-storey porch has diagonal buttresses and Tudor-arched door with
hoodmould having head-carved bosses; weathered panel over with Warenne arms
set beneath part-restored oriel window; string course beneath gable parapet
with roll-moulded copings. C13 inner door has moulded jambs and dog-tooth
ornament to the arch; piscina and stone bench on its right. Aisle has west
angle buttresses with lancet window on right. To right of porch a
square-headed 3-light Perpendicular window; buttress between the windows
beyond, bays 2 and 5 with lancets, bay 4 with pointed 3-light window with
cemented head. North aisle has blocked round-arched north door with 2-light,
Y-tracery window on right and lancets on left. Clerestorey: heightened in
C15 ashlar with 4 pointed windows to south and 3 to north having Y-tracery.
Aisle and nave parapets as porch; east pinnacles to nave. Chancel: south
chapel has wave-moulded plinth and diagonal buttresses; segmentally-arched
priests's door on left of large 3-light window with plain tracery,
hoodmoulds. Chancel to right has east angle buttress, C20 external stack and
restored 3-light Perpendicular window; east window similar, with restored
tracery. North organ chamber with 3-light Perpendicular window, 2 gargoyles
and east gable; lean-to vestry in angle with chancel has east door and
window, stone slate roof.
Interior: treble-chamfered north and south tower arches; east arch
double-chamfered and on renewed corbels. Double-chamfered half-arches at
west end of each aisle spring from semi-octagonal responds. Nave arcades
with cylindrical piers and square capitals to double-chamfered arches; the
easternmost piers are wallstone columns. Trefoil-headed piscina in south
aisle. Chancel arch: double-chamfered on corbels; double-chamfered also the
arches off chancel to north and south, the north arcade of 2 bays on circular
pier. Remains of C12 window surrounds flank the east window, half of another
C12 inner arch in south wall. Chancel roof has moulded tie beams and
purlins. Font: beneath tower, octagonal broach-stopped base, chamfered shaft
and bowl with moulded rim. C19 fittings, including Gothic-style rood screen
with crucifixion. Early C20 stained glass by Henry Holiday.
Monuments: on north aisle pier a marble wall plaque with vase to Edward
Forster (d1781), erected 1874 by Fisher of York. Late C18 wall monuments
flank the altar; on chancel south wall a slab to William Kent (d1717).
Listing NGR: SE6897513278
Source: English Heritage
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