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Statutory Address:

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

County Durham (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
NZ 07257 13808


In the entry for:-

NZ 01 SE ROKEBY A66 (North side)

6/123 Church of St Mary

12.1.67 II

the entry shall be amended to read as follows:-

NZ 01 SE ROKEBY A66 (North side)

6/123 Church of St Mary

12.1.67 II*(Star)


NZ 01 SE ROKEBY A66 (North side)

6/123 Church of St. Mary

12.1.67 II

Parish Church. Consecrated 1778, probably designed by Sir Thomas Robinson, chancel and organ chamber added 1877. Squared stone with ashlar plinth, wall face to sill band, porch and bellcote; chancel rough-faced-stone with ashlar dressings. Graduated stone slate nave roof, graduated Lakeland slates on C19 parts. Aisleless 3-bay nave with west porch; narrower chancel with south organ chamber and vestry. Liturgical west end faces south. C18 parts in Classical style; C19 parts in a hybrid classical/Romanesque.

Central west porch with 5 steps up to panelled double doors under 3-pane fanlight in round arch on moulded imposts; paterae in spandrels, and pediment. Flanking blind round-arched windows. Block cornice below pedimented gable with blind oculus. Bellcote with round arch, pediment and Greek finial cross. Side walls of nave have 3 plain arched windows with later glazing; similar cornice.

Chancel and organ chamber/vestry over basements; sill and impost bands, round- arched windows, 3 stepped in the east end, pedimented gables. Chancel undercroft has segmental-arched entrance at east end and round-headed slit windows.

Interior: Groin-vaulted porch; panelled double doors to nave under an arched 3-pane fanlight in raised panel with moulded impost band and cornice. Panelled-round chancel arch on paired consoles, round arch to organ chamber; moulded sill band. King-post roofs. Free-standing font by Mason: mahogany, fluted bowl on slender tripod base. Marble mural tablets in nave: Sir Septimus Robinson d.1777, by Nollekens; John Sawrey Morritt d.l79l by Westmacott; J.B.S. Morritt d.1843 and W.J.S. Morritt d.1878.

Historical note: The church is very similar to Robinson's church at Glynde in Sussex; it was unfurnished when Robinson sold the Rokeby estate in 1769, when J.S. Morritt commissioned John Carr to complete the work.

Listing NGR: NZ0725713808


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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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Date: 30 Mar 2003
Reference: IOE01/10376/14
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Bob Cottrell. Source Historic England Archive
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