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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Great and Little Leighs, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8119 / 51°48'42"N

Longitude: 0.5205 / 0°31'13"E

OS Eastings: 573843

OS Northings: 215586

OS Grid: TL738155

Mapcode National: GBR PJN.6F0

Mapcode Global: VHJJP.ZQ0D

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 10 April 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1171104

English Heritage Legacy ID: 112616

Location: Great and Little Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3

County: Essex

District: Chelmsford

Civil Parish: Great and Little Leighs

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Great and Little Leighs and Little Waltham

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

In the entry for:
TL 71 NW

2/146 Church of St Mary the

the grade shall be amended to read: Grade I


Church of St Mary
the Virgin
TL 71 NW 2/146 10.4.67.


The church has a late C12 nave and a circular west tower. The chancel was rebuilt in 1330 and there is some Cl9 restoration and a Cl9 north vestry and south porch. The church is particularly distinguished for its flint and rubble circular west tower with a good C12 doorway with chevron mouldings, small windows and 5 flat pilaster buttresses to the lower part. The spire with gablets was added in 1882. The nave has 2 C12 round headed windows in the north wall and 1 in the south wall,a C12 south doorway and 2 C14 windows with square heads. The chancel has a restored internal string course, a good east window with reticulated tracery and a fine range of a piscina and 3 sedilia with crocketted heads and pinnacles, also a canopied tomb recess with fine foliage carving, crocketted head and pinnacles. The fittings also include a C15 octagonal font with a traceried stem and quatrefoil bowl with fleurons and shield, 8 late C15 benches in the nave and an early Cl5 priest brass with the head replaced from a C14 brass. (RCHM I).

Listing NGR: TL7384315586

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