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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 29 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 441650
OS Grid Reference: TR1420648592
OS Grid Coordinates: 614206, 148592
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1964, 1.0645
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TR 14 NW STELLING MINNIS -
1/172 Church of St.
Parish church. Late C12 or early C13, C14 and C15 and C18. Galleted
flint to tower, interspersed with sandstone blocks towards base, and with
red and grey brick bands and dressings. South face of tower tile-hung.
Most of church flint with stone dressings, chancel with some stone
interspersed. Plain tile roofs. West tower, nave, south aisle, south
porch, chancel slightly narrower than nave. West tower: late C12 or
early C13. No plinth. No visible stages. Barely taller than south
aisle. Plain parapet, largely brick but with rendered stone copings.
North-west angle buttress and single west buttress. Rectangular lancet
with chamfered stone head and brick jambs to top of north face. Tile-
hanging of south face unpierced. West face has chamfered rectangular
lancet towards top, smaller similar lancet towards centre, and small
cinquefoil-headed single-light west window with squared head, hollow
spandrels and hoodmould with Wage stops. Small plain-chamfered
pointed-arched west doorway without hoodmould. South aisle: late C12
or early C13 origin, with C14 fenestration. West end flush with west
face of tower. No plinth. Gabled. Two south buttresses. Plain-
chamfered pointed-arched west window. No windows west of porch. Single-
light C14 window with trefoiled ogee head and no hoodmould east of porch.
C14 pointed-arched east window with three trefoil-headed lights and
tracery of intersecting glazing bars with trefoils and quatrefoils.
Moulded hoodmould. South porch: C18. Red and grey brick in Flemish
bond. Flint panel to gable end. Half-hipped plain tile roof. Outer
doorway with cambered wooden head. Late C12 or early C13 moulded
pointed-arched inner doorway, central roll-and-fillet moulding
springing from slender shafts with moulded capitals and bases. Scroll-
moulded hoodmould. C18 or early C19 double doors with flush panels.
Chancel: late C12 or early C13. No plinth. North-east and south-
east angle buttresses. Similar eaves to nave, but slightly lower ridge.
Two plain-chamfered pointed-arched south windows, and one to north.
Pointed-arched C14 east window with three trefoil-headed lights and
tracery of quatrefoils and sexfoil in ogivals. Moulded hoodmould.
Nave: north elevation. Short, broad pointed-arched window of two trefoil-
headed lights with quatrefoiled ogival, and scroll-moulded hoodmould
with image stops. Plain-chamfered trefoil-headed light without overall
architrave towards centre, and another towards west end. Low plain-
chamfered pointed-arched doorway to west of centre. Interior: structure:
single broad rebated arch between south aisle and nave, springing from
engaged semi-octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases;
probably an C18 replacement of a former two-bay arcade. Pointed plain-
chamfered chancel arch with plastered piers and high, chamfered imposts,
probably altered in C18. Pointed, plain-chamfered C13 tower arch with
hollow-chamfered imposts and east leading edges of wall below chamfered,
with bar and cushion stops. Roof: nave roof ceiled except for central
tie-beam with tall rectangular crown post with broadly-chamfered edges,
bar stops and four head braces. Collared common rafter roof with sous-
laces, to chancel. South aisle roof ceiled, with two tie-beams.
Fittings: roll-and-filleted C13 stone string to east end of south aisle.
Aumbrey and piscina towards east end of south wall of chancel, the
piscina in a rebated rectangular recess, the aumbry trefoiled and
rebated, immediately above it. Octagonal stone font with moulded base,
buttressed stem, and bowl with two trefoil-headed panels in relief, to
each face. C18 altar rails with turned balusters, moulded handrail and
quirk-beaded newels with polygonal finials. Chandeliers. C18 hexagonal
three-decker pulpit with sunk moulded panels, panelled back-board, and
hexagonal tester, towards centre of north wall of nave, facing south
aisle. Organ to west side of pulpit. Three west-facing box pews to
east side of pulpit. Box pews to south side of nave and in south aisle
face pulpit, leaving gangway between south porch and nave. C18 gallery
with finely-dentilled frieze and moulded cornice with panelling above,
on four columns across south aisle. Wooden hat-rack opposite south
door. Box pews to chancel, facing north and south. Pamment floor.
The pulpit and pews are relatively unusual survivals in this area.
(J. Newman, Buildings of England Series, North-east and East Kent, 1983
Listing NGR: TR1455346916
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