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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Grafton, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3414 / 51°20'29"N

Longitude: -1.6318 / 1°37'54"W

OS Eastings: 425744

OS Northings: 160325

OS Grid: SU257603

Mapcode National: GBR 5ZH.VMQ

Mapcode Global: VHC23.NKP0

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 30 July 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1365521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 310750

Location: Grafton, Wiltshire, SN8

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Grafton

Built-Up Area: East Grafton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

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Listing Text

GRAFTON THE GREEN, East Grafton
SU 26 SE
(east side)
5/30 Church of St. Nicholas
II*
Anglican parish church. 1844, by Benjamin Ferrey. Limestone
ashlar and square rubble, slate roof. Norman (i.e. of Normandy)
revival, said to be based on Thaon, Normandy. Nave and aisles,
short chancel and apse. Tower over west end of north aisle. West
door in 2 recessed orders with nook shafts. Chevrons, bowtell and
twisted roll. West window over also with light chevron, and
flanking intersecting blind arcade. Pair of attached shafts
without top divide elevation from aisle and tower. Side elevation
of 5 bays defined by broad flat pilasters connecting plinth and
corbel table. Simple round-arched windows with continuous string.
Clerestory similar but narrow lights with incised moulded heads.
Apse also similar but alternate corbels of table are grotesques.
Tower of 3 stages, open twin lights to bellstage and parapet corbel
table with pronounced gargoyles. Pyramidal roof. The whole is a
triumph of a normally difficult revival style, and significant in
its evolution.
Interior: Nave of 5 bays, varied scalloped capitals and 2 plain
orders arches. Wall shafts above on corbels support bracketed ties
and arch-braced principals roof. Blind chevron arch at east and
west ends of nave. Chancel raised 3 steps; 2-bay barrel vault and
apsidal end. Tall blind arcading between embrasures, also with
nook shafts. Encaustic tiles paving. Aisles with plain arch
buttresses to nave arcade. Fittings: Font, limestone arcaded bowl
on square base. Inscription cast in rim of lead lining. Pulpit;
oak, open intersecting arcading and iron handrail to steps. In
sanctuary, marble credence table on Romanesque style column. Also
Romanesque timber wall arcading remaining from choir stalls, now
replaced. Organ by Bevington of London. Glass: Good apsidal
windows depicting St Margaret, St Nicholas and Resurrection in
centre. Aisle glass mostly of 1856. West window by Willement.
Monuments: North Aisle: Limestone Gothic aedicule, 1846, to
PHILIP SELFE. Nave: War memorial in black and white marbles.
(Reference: Antiq. and Architect. Year Book 1844, 339-349.
Builder 1844, 207.


Listing NGR: SU2574460325


This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 30 October 2017.

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