Parish Church of St Mary, Podington
Description: Parish Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 13 July 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 37184
OS Grid Reference: SP9417762684
OS Grid Coordinates: 494177, 262684
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2543, -0.6218
Location: High Street, Podington, Bedford Borough NN29 7HS
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PODINGTON PODINGTON: HIGH STREET
SP 9462-9562 (N.W. side)
16/420 Parish Church of St. Mary
Parish church built of coursed limestone rubble with some use of Northants
ironstone. The building consists of chancel, nave with N. & S. aisies, S.
porch and W. tower with spire. Norman chancel heightened C15 and parapet
added. Its windows are mainly C13, though E. window was restored C19. Angles
of aisleless nave are visible. S. aisle was added late C12/early C13 with
early stiff leaf capitals to arcade. Windows are Victorian in C14 style. S.
porch is also a C19 addition. N. aisle was added later in C13 with nailhead
ornament to the arcade. Windows are C14. Both aisles have C20 ironstone
buttresses. Clerestorey windows are late C14. Two bottom stages of tower are
C13, upper stage added C14 and crocketed spire is C15. Only the bases of the
pinnacles survive. Inside, along the N wall of the chancel are four arches
which appear to be blocked tomb recesses. The two inner ones have stops in
the form of human heads. The outer ones have finial decoration. C13 piscina.
Number of interesting monuments to the Orlebar family:- Mrs Diana Orlebar
1716. By John Hunt. Tablet with two crying putti. Open scrolly pediment.
Richard Orlebar 1803. By Lewis of Cheltenham. A female figure kneeling by a
sarcophagus. Richard Orlebar 1833. By Humphrey Hopper. Nave has C15 roof
with grotesques and heads of kings and queens decorating corbels. Norman tub
font with chevron decoration.
Listing NGR: SP9417762684
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