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Former Church of St Lawrence

A Grade II Listed Building in Allington, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2923 / 51°17'32"N

Longitude: 0.5059 / 0°30'21"E

OS Eastings: 574821

OS Northings: 157783

OS Grid: TQ748577

Mapcode National: GBR PQT.W5Y

Mapcode Global: VHJM6.QSB5

Entry Name: Former Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 30 July 1951

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1086399

English Heritage Legacy ID: 173268

Location: Maidstone, Kent, ME16

County: Kent

District: Maidstone

Electoral Ward/Division: Allington

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text


883/8/169 CASTLE ROAD
30-JUL-51 (Northwest side)
FORMER CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE

(Formerly listed as:
CASTLE ROAD
CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE)

II
A C19 rebuilding but preserving a medieval N doorway in the N face of the tower. Architects unidentified.

MATERIALS: Local sandstone rubble and ashlar with freestone dressings. Red clay tile roofs

PLAN: Nave, chancel, NW tower-porch, S transeptal projection, probably former vestry (N).

EXTERIOR: At the NE corner is a large squat, unbuttressed tower which, on its N face, incorporates a pointed medieval doorway with a moulded arch and a hood-moulded with stops. At the top of the tower are plain single-light lancets. The spire too is squat and is of the chamfer type. The E end has a pair of lancet windows with a circular, cinquefoiled window between and above them. The W window has three lancets grouped under a hood-mould. There is no distinction between the levels of the nave and chancel roofs. On the S side there is a gabled projection with a pair of lancet windows in the S wall.

INTERIOR: Not inspected. The interior has been converted into living accommodation.

HISTORY: This former church was converted to residential use c1980.

SOURCES:
Newman, J., The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald (1980), 128.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The former church of St Lawrence, Allington, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a picturesque, small-scale C19 rebuilding of an earlier church and which incorporates a medieval doorway in the N face of the tower.
* The site has archaeological potential /sensitivity in terms of the below-ground remains of the medieval church and burials.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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