CHURCH OF ST MARGARET
Heritage Category: Listed Building
List Entry Number: 1069047
Date first listed: 14-Oct-1987
Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MARGARET
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Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MARGARET
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Maidstone (District Authority)
Parish: Collier Street
National Grid Reference: TQ 71703 46035
TQ 74 NW
Church of St.
Parish church. 1847-49 by P.C. Hardwick in a C13 style. Restored 1986, after fire in north aisle. Small blocks of roughly-coursed stone. Plain tile roofs, to nave, chancel and vestry. Slate roof to aisle. Shingled spire. Nave, with tower towards west end of south elevation. Chancel, narrower than nave, with vestry to north. North aisle to nave. Chamfered stone plinth round whole church. Foliated label-stops to hoodmoulds unless otherwise stated. West end of nave: buttress between nave and aisle, and to south-west corner. Chamfered string with foliated stops, stepped up over doorway, continued round buttresses, and dropped lower along south wall of nave and west end of north aisle. Gable has roll- moulded kneelers, and doubly plain-chamfered circular window with semi- circular hoodmould, towards apex. Two doubly plain-chamfered pointed lancets with hoodmoulds, north window with foliated stops, south with carved heads. West doorway of three orders of plain-chamfered pointed arches springing from engaged shafts with bell capitals, and with hoodmould with carved heads to label stops. Boarded door with scrolled hinges. South elevation of nave: one single-chamfered lancet towards west end. Three similar lancets alternating with buttresses to east of tower. Tower: three stages, with clasping south-east and south-west buttresses. Deeper plinth than to rest of church. Scroll-moulded string between lower stages. Chamfered offset between central and belfry stage. Moulded cornice band. Splay-footed octagonal spire with encircled cross finial. Arcaded belfry stage with four chamfered pointed arches to each face, with engaged shafts with bell capitals and bases; two outer arches blind, two inner louvred. Single-chamfered south lancet to central stage. South doorway of three plain-chamfered orders, the inner order springing from semi-octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases in a C14 style, and with broach stops below bases. Hoodmould with heads to label stops. Chancel: lower eaves and ridge than nave. Higher string, stepped up over- south doorway. Clasping north-east and south-east buttresses and single south buttress. Moulded kneelers to gable. Paired doubly plain-chamfered shafted lancets with scroll-moulded hoodmould, towards west end of south elevation, towards east end of south elevation, and towards east end of north elevation. Similar east window with stepped triple lancets, and scroll-moulded hoodmould. Doubly plain-chamfered south doorway with Caernavon arch, broach stops and door with scrolled hinges. Vestry: at right-angles towards west end of chancel. East buttress. Gable with moulded kneelers, and squat chimney stack to apex. North window of three Caernavon- arched lights in ashlared architrave. Chamfered pointed-arched east doorway with broach stops, keel-moulded hoodmould, and door with scrolled hinges. North aisle: four paired plain-chamfered lancets alternating with buttresses. Chamfered west lancet with hoodmould. Plain-chamfered pointed-arched doorway with moulded imposts and hoodmould with heads to label stops, to second bay from west. Interior: structure: five-bay north arcade to nave, of doubly plain-chamfered pointed arches springing from circular columns with bell capitals and bases. Piers to which end columns are engaged are chamfered with bar stops. Doubly-chamfered pointed chancel arch, inner order springing from semi-octagonal columns with scroll-moulded capitals and water-holding bases. Scroll-moulded hoodmould with heads to label stops. North and south chancel lancets have shafted rere-arches, the moulding on the bell capital of the central shaft carried back to the centre of the external window. Scroll-moulded hoodmoulds with folihtedstops. East window has paired shafts to jamb and triple shafts between lights, all ringed. Moulded doorway with cambered head and door with scrolled hinges to vestry. Fleur-de-lys hinges to south chancel door. Roof: five-bay roof to nave of collared principal rafters, with collar purlin and butt side purlins. Continuous arch brace from pendant posts via butt purlins to collar purlin, with bosses at each intersection. Stone corbels with bell capitals, and stems carved alternately with foliage and heads. Intermediate trusses arch- braced, with bosses, from top of moulded cornice. Ashlar pieces to common rafters. Collared rafters with scissor braces, ashlar pieces and moulded cornice, to chancel. Butt purlin roof to aisle, principal rafters springing from roll-moulded corbels in north wall, and arch-braced from corbels on back of nave arcade. Fittings: scroll-moulded string to chancel and south side of nave. Stone pulpit with coved stem, enriched cornice, and stone steps with wrought iron hand-rail, in south-east corner of nave. Octagonal stone font on four columns with moulded capitals and bases, to south-west corner of nave. Collier Street became a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1858. (J. Newman, Buildings of England Series, West Kent and The Weald, 1980 edn.).
Listing NGR: TQ7191046568
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 174880
Legacy System: LBS
Books and journals
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, (1980)
This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.
End of official listing