Parish Church Of St John The Baptist (Church Of England)

3 Jun 2002
Parish Church Of St John The Baptist (Church Of England), Church Lane, Cottered, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG9 9PZ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

TL 3129 COTTERED CHURCH LANE (east side)

5/19 Parish Church of St John the Baptist ( C of E )



Parish church. Mid C14 incorporating early C14 chancel arch; N Lady Chapel, roofs, and nave windows C15, NE vestry C16. Spire rebuilt 1757 for Rev Angel Chancy. Restored and re-seated 1886 by Edmund Buckle. Lady Chapel restored 1954. Flint rubble with stone dressings, porch and chancel plastered over. Puddingstones at W angles of tower base, with some repairs in red brick. Red and black C18 brick facing to N side of vestry. Old red tile pitched roofs. Metal roof to nave and slender octagonal spire.

A large village church with chancel, unaisled nave, W tower with spire, S porch, and Lady Chapel and NE vestry in line along N side of chancel. Rectangular chancel with 3-bay C15 arch braced collar roof on cambered tie-beams and traceried spandrels. E bay boarded with painted ribs. Encaustic tiled floor and E window c1886. 2 perpendicular S windows and blocked doorway butone window in a C15 opening. Small quatrefoil window over door. C14 Piscina, and Sedilia under a moulded arch in S wall. In N wall a small vestry door with original ironwork and a little quatrefoil window over, and a C15 2-bay arcade opening into the Lady Chapel.

Wider and unusually lofty nave, buttressed externally and lit by 3 very tall transomed perpendicular windows on each side with 4- centred arched heads. Mid C14 S door and blocked N door. C15 arch braced, king-post, 6-bay roof of low pitch. Moulded purlins meet moulded demi-principals in foliate bosses. Rood stair in polygonal turret at NE with openings to nave. C14 Piscina atSE. Large C15 polychrome mural, on N wall of St Christopher in a landscape of roads and villages. 2-centred early C14 Chancel arch of 2 moulded orders with clustered shafts having moulded caps and bases. C14 tower arch of 3 chamfered orders, only the innermost having caps and bases to jambs.

Graffito of a postmill on N jamb. Painting of Royal Arms purchased 1712, and fine grey Derbyshire marble font of 1739 with gadrooned bowl on a baluster stem and octagonal base, with fossils showing in the polished stone. Fine C15 carved oak S door with panelling and embattled rail. Organ c1830 by Benjamin Flight & Son. 2 hatchments of the Soames family. Unbuttressed, 3-stage, battlemented tower with C14 W windows over small door 1886. Clock and small window on middle stage and larger cusped bellchamber openings. Gable parapet to S porch with dripmould to arched entrance. A 2-light window in each side. Lady Chapel at N of chancel has 2 wide C15 windows with tracery of interesting curves and C15 W doorway. Cinquefoil cusped opening into Nave with C14 jambs but C19 head. C15 roof timbers. C15 Piscina in S wall. Vestry has its entrance from the chancel and is lit by a 2-light C16 cusped window with ferramenta. Medieval stained glass remains in the heads of the nave N windows. 3-light Crucifixion scene in E window 1886 by Clayton & Bell.

Inscription brass in chapel to Litton Pulter 1608. C17 Heraldic inscribed ledger stones in chancel to Forester and Pulter families. On chancel S wall, monument to Margaret Forester 1757 with marble lectern, roccoco cartouche and winged sculd, and monument to Angel Chauncy 1762 as a marble aedicule with achievement over. On N wall a roccoco marble cartouche to Martha Forester 1755, and Neo-Classical monument to Rev Anthony Trollope, grandfather of the novelist. Wooden panelled pulpit recently acquired from St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch. An outstanding medieval church. (RCHM (1911) 83-4: VCH (1912) 231: Pevsner (1977) 134: {Chuck N} A Brief Guide to the Church of St John the Baptist Cottered {n.d. c1970}).

Listing NGR: TL3174629215


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0871 IOE Records taken by A Gude; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr A. Gude. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Gude, A.

Rights Holder: Gude, A.


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