Church Of St Mary

21 Jul 2004
Church Of St Mary, Stelling Minnis, Shepway, Kent
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


1/172 Church of St.

Mary 29.12.66 I

Parish church. Late C12 or early C13, C14 and C15 and C18. Galleted flint to tower, interspersed with sandstone blocks towards base, and with red and grey brick bands and dressings. South face of tower tile-hung.

Most of church flint with stone dressings, chancel with some stone interspersed. Plain tile roofs. West tower, nave, south aisle, south porch, chancel slightly narrower than nave. West tower: late C12 or early C13. No plinth. No visible stages. Barely taller than south aisle. Plain parapet, largely brick but with rendered stone copings.

North-west angle buttress and single west buttress. Rectangular lancet with chamfered stone head and brick jambs to top of north face. Tile- hanging of south face unpierced. West face has chamfered rectangular lancet towards top, smaller similar lancet towards centre, and small cinquefoil-headed single-light west window with squared head, hollow spandrels and hoodmould with Wage stops. Small plain-chamfered pointed-arched west doorway without hoodmould. South aisle: late C12 or early C13 origin, with C14 fenestration. West end flush with west face of tower. No plinth. Gabled. Two south buttresses. Plain- chamfered pointed-arched west window. No windows west of porch. Single- light C14 window with trefoiled ogee head and no hoodmould east of porch.

C14 pointed-arched east window with three trefoil-headed lights and tracery of intersecting glazing bars with trefoils and quatrefoils.

Moulded hoodmould. South porch: C18. Red and grey brick in Flemish bond. Flint panel to gable end. Half-hipped plain tile roof. Outer doorway with cambered wooden head. Late C12 or early C13 moulded pointed-arched inner doorway, central roll-and-fillet moulding springing from slender shafts with moulded capitals and bases. Scroll- moulded hoodmould. C18 or early C19 double doors with flush panels.

Chancel: late C12 or early C13. No plinth. North-east and south- east angle buttresses. Similar eaves to nave, but slightly lower ridge.

Two plain-chamfered pointed-arched south windows, and one to north.

Pointed-arched C14 east window with three trefoil-headed lights and tracery of quatrefoils and sexfoil in ogivals. Moulded hoodmould.

Nave: north elevation. Short, broad pointed-arched window of two trefoil- headed lights with quatrefoiled ogival, and scroll-moulded hoodmould with image stops. Plain-chamfered trefoil-headed light without overall architrave towards centre, and another towards west end. Low plain- chamfered pointed-arched doorway to west of centre. Interior: structure: single broad rebated arch between south aisle and nave, springing from engaged semi-octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases; probably an C18 replacement of a former two-bay arcade. Pointed plain- chamfered chancel arch with plastered piers and high, chamfered imposts, probably altered in C18. Pointed, plain-chamfered C13 tower arch with hollow-chamfered imposts and east leading edges of wall below chamfered, with bar and cushion stops. Roof: nave roof ceiled except for central tie-beam with tall rectangular crown post with broadly-chamfered edges, bar stops and four head braces. Collared common rafter roof with sous- laces, to chancel. South aisle roof ceiled, with two tie-beams.

Fittings: roll-and-filleted C13 stone string to east end of south aisle.

Aumbrey and piscina towards east end of south wall of chancel, the piscina in a rebated rectangular recess, the aumbry trefoiled and rebated, immediately above it. Octagonal stone font with moulded base, buttressed stem, and bowl with two trefoil-headed panels in relief, to each face. C18 altar rails with turned balusters, moulded handrail and quirk-beaded newels with polygonal finials. Chandeliers. C18 hexagonal three-decker pulpit with sunk moulded panels, panelled back-board, and hexagonal tester, towards centre of north wall of nave, facing south aisle. Organ to west side of pulpit. Three west-facing box pews to east side of pulpit. Box pews to south side of nave and in south aisle face pulpit, leaving gangway between south porch and nave. C18 gallery with finely-dentilled frieze and moulded cornice with panelling above, on four columns across south aisle. Wooden hat-rack opposite south door. Box pews to chancel, facing north and south. Pamment floor.

The pulpit and pews are relatively unusual survivals in this area.

(J. Newman, Buildings of England Series, North-east and East Kent, 1983 edn.).

Listing NGR: TR1455346916


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0733 IOE Records taken by Diana Forrest; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mrs Diana Forrest. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Forrest, Diana

Rights Holder: Forrest, Diana


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