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Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Melchbourne and Yielden

Description: Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 July 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 36402

OS Grid Reference: TL0286465393
OS Grid Coordinates: 502864, 265393
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2771, -0.4937

Location: Park Road, Melchbourne, Bedford Borough MK44 1BB

Locality: Melchbourne and Yielden
County: Bedford
Country: England
Postcode: MK44 1BB

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Listing Text


1/93 Parish Church of St Mary


Parish Church. Substantially remodelled in late C18. Said to have been commissioned
in 1779 by Samuel Whitbread, father-in-law of 12th Lord St John of Bletsoe. Medieval
and C17 elements visible externally. Coursed limestone rubble, ashlar dressings.
Chancel, nave, south aisle, north aisle, north porch, west tower. Chancel and nave
heightened 1779. All windows to chancel and aisles plain, round-headed with unmoulded
architraves. Chancel has windows to N wall only, with blocked windows, some C14,
visible in exterior south wall. Round-headed chancel arch. Coved ceiling and 4-bay
arcades of Tuscan columns to nave. Blocked C14 window to W wall of north aisle. Early
C17 north porch, reputedly from Woodford House, Northants (Pevsner, p124). Round-
headed archway with carved shield to keystone, flanked by Roman Doric columns on square
plinths. Triglyph and metope frieze. Oculus in each side wall. Perpendicular tower
with later parapet. C18 3-centred west doorway with keystone. 1377 brass inscription
in south aisle. Complete 1779 box pews and panelling. C19 and C20 memorials to the
St John family.

Listing NGR: TL0286465393

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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