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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2716 / 51°16'17"N

Longitude: -1.0467 / 1°2'48"W

OS Eastings: 466597

OS Northings: 152927

OS Grid: SU665529

Mapcode National: GBR B6K.65L

Mapcode Global: VHD08.T90J

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 26 April 1957

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1339555

English Heritage Legacy ID: 138932

Location: Old Basing and Lychpit, Basingstoke and Deane, Hampshire, RG24

County: Hampshire

District: Basingstoke and Deane

Civil Parish: Old Basing and Lychpit

Built-Up Area: Basingstoke

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Old Basing St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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Listing Text

SU 6652 OLD BASING THE STREET
6653
22/31
26.4.57 Church of St Mary

I

Originally a cruciform Norman church with a central tower. Aisles and chapels (of
nearly equal width) were added to nave and chancel, to form the present rectangular
structure, with triple gables at the east and west ends; the Norman arches of the Tower
survive on the north and south sides. The north (circa 1325) and south (circa 1530)
chapels were added by the Paulet family and are separated from the chancel by small
doorways, with on each side arched openings above altar tombs; they are finely wrought
with Gothic and early Renaissance detail, and with armorial features. The church was
wrecked during the Civil War (note Cromwell's famous siegeof the adjoining Basing House
in 1645) and the building was substantially rebuilt afterwards in brickwork.
Externally, the nave aisles have 3 bays, while the chapels have 4 the raised east end
being expressed in the higher roof; tile roofing, red brickwork in English bond (some
partly rendered) with stone dressings. The parapet having a coping and a weather band,
the latter being ornamented with armorial corbels outside the chapels, cill band to
chapel windows, plinth moulding above (medieval) flintwork, slender buttresses and
diagonal corner buttresses. The windows have tracery (of chestnut in the north
chapel), the 3 eastern 5-light windows being old & encased in earlier flint and stone
walling; at the west end the central gable contains a C15 carved figure of the Virgin
and child within a canopied niche, the west door is a delicate Renaissance stone arch
within a retangular rusticated frame (probably a design of Inigo Jones). The Tower is
C17 in red brickwork with stone strings and coping to crenellated parapet, the corner
finials in stone being a recent replacement, the bell stage has coupled openings
beneath hood moulds.
Within, the arcading is massive rendered brickwork with octagonal columns supporting
4-centred arches (late Perpendicular); there are squints, a rood stair and an
inscription dated 1519 (indicating the renewal of the aisles) above the eastern arch of
the north aisle. The aisle roofs of open arch-braced trusses are original, the chapel
roofs are plaster barrel vaults. There are several large and small wall monuments (one
by Flaxman 1784), hatchments (one with the Royal Coat of Arms of 1660). The font is
C15, an octagonal design in Purbeck stone. There is a Jacobean pulpit (formerly at
Basingstoke). The south (Bolton) chapel is hung with funeral helms, crests and
gauntlets. A parish room has been added on the north side (1981) with a 1/2-hipped tile
roof and rendered walls.


Listing NGR: SU6610852746

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

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