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Church of All Saints

A Grade I Listed Building in Doddinghurst, Essex

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Latitude: 51.6673 / 51°40'2"N

Longitude: 0.2966 / 0°17'47"E

OS Eastings: 558920

OS Northings: 199001

OS Grid: TQ589990

Mapcode National: GBR XK.FG6

Mapcode Global: VHHMX.3C55

Entry Name: Church of All Saints

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Last Amended: 9 December 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197268

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373601

Location: Doddinghurst, Brentwood, Essex, CM15

County: Essex

District: Brentwood

Civil Parish: Doddinghurst

Built-Up Area: Doddinghurst

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Doddinghurst All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


723-1/5/315 (North side)
20/02/67 Church of All Saints
(Formerly Listed as:
CHURCH LANE, Doddinghurst
Church of All Saints)


Church. C13, C14, C16 and walls largely rebuilt or refaced
1886-7, except N wall of nave. Flint rubble with limestone
dressings, peg-tiled roof. Simple nave and narrower chancel
with N vestry. Timber-framed belfry tower c1400 within W end
of nave and long C16 timber-framed porch to S door.
EXTERIOR: the nave, S wall, W to E blocked lancet window, C13
doorway of clunch with 2 centred arch with dog tooth ornament
on the soffit and deep mouldings - outer hood mould renewed in
oolite together with lower part of jambs with bases, C19
boarded door. C16 timber-framed porch to door, 2 bays deep
with 10 upper lights, lower plank and muntin construction
below rail and in gable, restored 1887. Window perpendicular
style, square frame with 3 cusped lights with ogee heads and
circles with quatrefoils in spandrels. Chancel S wall, W to E,
3 simple lancet windows. Nave N wall, W to E, 3 simple lancet
windows, W one blocked. N vestry, window, perpendicular style,
3 lights in 2 centred arch, super mullions. Chancel E wall, 3
tall lancet windows. Belfry tower with vertical boarding
rising from nave roof, small wooden shingled spire. The nave
roof is of 2 bays with a large central crown post, square
section with square central fillets on each face - curved
braces rise directly from the fillet (no capital) to the
soulaces. The roof is unusual in that there is a ridge piece
as well as a collar purlin and alternate roof trusses have a
second upper collar supporting a king strut that traps the
ridge piece to the apex. Dating of roof relies purely on crown
post section (of long date range in Essex) and hollow chamfers
on flying cornice plate. Also, unusual fillet on underside of
collar purlin (like the crown post). Nave roof terminates
correctly against the belfry tower and must be contemporary or
later than the tower. Belfry tower of the Essex type - massive
lower stage of 6 posts, internal cross framing on N and S with
curved 'X' bracing in panels, corner posts with jowls clasping
arched braces to tie-beams. Second stage - 4 corner posts. 3
sub-stages, central stage N and S scissor braced, upper stage
with bell frame. Timber-framing altered, probably when late
medieval traceried windows inserted into older openings. Small
spire rising from pyramidal roof with central armature on a
tie-beam. Date of tower uncertain but consistent use of curved
braces and lack of side lapped joints in favour of mortice and
tenons implies a date after the C13. Roof relates to tower and
probably both roughly contemporary and within the C14. Timber
porch has mouldings of perpendicular form, cymas and hollows
of mullions typical of early-mid-C16. North wall of nave shows
variation in pebble coursing where building pauses occurred
creating a series of 'lifts'. Basal course contains much
indurated conglomerate. It also occurs sporadically at the top
of the first lift at about one metre. This material is
normally found in the E of Essex and in walls not later in
date than the Norman period, i.e.pre-1200.
INTERIOR of church all C19 except wooden rood figures of
Christ, the Virgin and St John, C19 imports, probably German
C16. Font of upper greensand with mica flecks, octagonal,
faces have quatrefoils in circles with central leaf and
fleuron motifs. One panel with a 'green man'. Pedestal with
panelled tracery, early Perpendicular perhaps contemporary
with the tower and the nave roof of the C14. The Church and
the Priests House (qv) form a group.
(RCHM: Central and SW Essex : Monument 1: 56; Archaelogical
Journal: Hewett CA: The Timber Belfries of Essex: 1962-: 119;
Hewett CA: Church Carpentry: Chichester: 1982-: 22, 57-58; The
Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Essex: 1965-: 161).

Listing NGR: TQ5892099001

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