Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1141258

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1967



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County: Essex

District: Uttlesford (District Authority)

Parish: Margaret Roding

National Grid Reference: TL 59897 11997


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5/43 Parish Church of St. Margaret 20.2.67


Nave late C12, chancel late C14, restored C19. Vestry added and bell-cote added or rebuilt C19. Flint-rubble (cement rendered on E wall) with dressings of limestone and clunch roofed with slate. The chancel, with diagonal buttresses, has a moulded internal string course. The three-light E window is C19 except the internal splays, rear-arch and label, which are late C14 or early Cl5. There are no windows in the N wall. In the S wall are 2 late C14 windows each of 3 trefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a two-centred head, both partly restored, with moulded jambs and two-centred arch, with the internal string-course mitred round the three-sided rear-arch. The C14 or C15 chancel-arch has chamfered responds and a four-centred arch of 2 chamfered orders. The lower parts of the responds were said by the RCHM to be of C12 stones re-set. The nave has in the N wall 3 C12 windows each of a single round-headed light. The westernmost has early wrought ironwork and leaded plain glass. Between the 2 western windows is the C12 N doorway with a semi-circular arch and jambs enriched with a vertical line of diaper ornament; the tympanum is C19. In the S wall are 3 C12 windows, the easternmost of 2 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a two-centred head, partly restored. The 2 western windows are round-headed, with 3 circular ornaments cut in the head of each. Between these windows is the C12 S doorway of 3 orders; the 2 outer orders have shafts with scalloped capitals, chamfered abaci and moulded bases to the inner shafts; the outer shaft has zigzag fluting and on the face of the wall adjoining are squares of diaper ornament; the inner order has 2 shafts worked on the inner face; the 2 middle orders of the semi-circular arch have chevron ornament and the outer order has billets and diaper-work; the tympanum with a segmental soffit has lozenge-shaped panels of diaper-work. The lower quoin-stones of the S wall have diaper ornament partly restored. In the W wall is a window of 2 round-headed lights which the RCHM considered to be C18, but Persner says may be C17, and above it a C12 round-headed window, rebated externally.

The roof of the chancel is C19, scissor-braced and probably reproducing the original form, incorporating original ashlar-pieces on the S side. There are 2 moulded tiebeams, late C14, and moulded wallplates finished with carved floral basses against the E wall, late C14. The nave roof is C19, incorporating ashlar- pieces most of which are original, 2 straight tiebeams with plain square crownposts and curved axial braces, hollow-chamfered and step-stopped wallplates, all C15.

On the E wall of the chancel is a decayed stone corbel of a man's head; in the SE corner a piscina with two-centred head and moulded label with finial, and octfoiled drain, late C14. In the N wall a recess with low ogee arch, foiled near springing, moulded label with crockets, finial and stop of a woman's head (much decayed), late C14, possibly for a monument to the builder of the chancel. In the recess of the SE window, sedilia with 3 bays of obtuse trefoiled arcading on 2 head corbels, the S one reported by the RCHM to be of a bishop but now barely identifiable, late C14.

Both doors are C19, but re-using restored ironwork with hatched surface and foliated ends, c.1200. The font is octagonal, with a panelled bowl with quatrefoils in circles, enclosing blank shields, panelled and traceried stem and moulded base, late C14. There are fragments and quarries of late C14 glass in the S window of the chancel, RCHM 1.

Listing NGR: TL5989711997


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