CHURCH OF ST MARY

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1102715
Date first listed:
27-May-1968
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY, MILL LANE

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY, MILL LANE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Hertfordshire
District:
North Hertfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Ashwell
National Grid Reference:
TL 26710 39779

Details

TL 2639 ASHWELL MILL STREET (East side) Ashwell 8/46 Church of 27.5.68 St. Mary GV I

Parish Church. C14 (completed 1381). C15 N porch and aisle windows. Large building with exceptionally big W tower. Clunch. Flint rubble. Some red brick. Low pitched slate roofs behind parapets. 4-stage W tower has deeply projecting stepped angle buttresses. Leaded spike with crenellated octagonal base. Lowest stage has 4-light Decorated-style traceried window; belfry stage has paired pointed arches with traceried panels. N and S aisles have 3-light traceried windows; hood moulds; cinquefoiled lights. Chancel with 3-light restored C14 windows. N porch is single storey. Original door arch and windows. 2-storey S porch has C19 restored gabled front. Lierne vault with naturalistic foliage bosses. Internally, the nave is 5 bays. Composite piers illustrating stylistic progression: E 3 with rounded piers, W 2 with canted piers. Tall W arch with canted piers; walls either side with 2 tall traceried panels. C15 aisle roofs, the N one largely restored. Chancel has good mid-C14 sedilia: 4 cinquefoiled arches with crocketed ogee gables. Fittings: hexagonal wooden pulpit dated 1627; C15 traceried wooden screen to Lady Chapel in E bay of S aisle; C19 replica font on early octagonal base; C15 benches near Chancel. On N wall of W tower are remarkable C14 graffiti: an inscription recording survival of citizens of Ashwell during great plague and a drawing of Old St. Paul's Cathedral, London. (Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL2671039779

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
162177
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977)

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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