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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Henlow

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 37831

OS Grid Reference: TL1781238759
OS Grid Coordinates: 517812, 238759
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0347, -0.2839

Location: 22 Church Road, Henlow, Central Bedfordshire SG16 6AN

Locality: Henlow
County: Central Bedfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG16 6AN

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Listing Text


31.10.66 Church of St Mary the


Parish church. C12 origins, C13 and C14 additions and alterations, extended
amd reworked C15. Some C19 reworking, including much of window tracery.
Coursed rubble, partly clunch, partly ironstone, with ashlar dressings.
Chancel, N vestry, nave, N aisle, S aisle, S porch, W Lower. Embattled
parapets to all parts except N aisle. Chancel: C12 origins, rebuilt C15.3-
light E window with 2-centred head. 2-light SE window under square head, C19
SW single light. S doorway with 4-centred head. NE window blocked by
vestry. 4-centred chancel arch. N vestry :C19, with door to E and 3-light
flat-headed N window. Nave:C12 origins, extended late C13. Late C13 N
arcade, originally 4 bays, part of W bay later replaced by W tower buttress.
3-bay S arcade, originally 2 C14 bays, extended to W late C15. Late C15
clerestory, with 3 windows to S and 2 to N, all of 2-lights. Clerestory
windows now give onto aisles, since raising of aisles in C19. N aisle: late
C13 origins, rebuilt C15. E window now looks onto vestry. 2 tall pointed
arched 3-light windows to E bays are C19. W bay has 2-light flat-headed
window, possibly re-used from elsewhere. S aisle: C14, extended westwards
late C15. 3-light C15 E window with pointed head. 2 C19 3-light 5 windows
in C15 style. Single light to W. S porch: late C19. Rendered, with small
single lights to sides, and pointed archway. W tower:C15. 3 stages, with
stepped angle buttresses. Stair turret rises above parapet to SW corner.
Bell-stage has pairs of pointed-arched 2-light windows to each side. Small
single lights to middle stage. Ground stage W elevation has 2-centred arched
doorway in square surround, surmounted by 3-light window with 4-centred head.
Interior: C19 roofs and font. C12 pillar piscina to S aisle. Good
collection late C17 and C16 wall monuments, all marble, including one to
George Edwards (d.1712) and one to Christopher Hallely (d.1688).

Listing NGR: TL1781238759

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Source: English Heritage

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