CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1158715
Date first listed:
13-Jul-1964
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, THE AVENUE

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN, THE AVENUE

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

District:
Bedford (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Bletsoe
National Grid Reference:
TL 02341 58330

Details

BLETSOE THE AVENUE TL 05NW (East Side)

6/35 Church of St Mary the Virgin 13.7.64 - II*

Medieval parish church, much restored in mid C19. Coursed limestone rubble. Irregular cruciform plan with central tower, whose form suggests Saxo-Norman origins, though details at top, corner gargoyles and double trefoiled lights in each side, are C14. The chancel is a C19 restoration of a C14 rebuilding. It has two arched tomb recesses and is derelict, being bricked off from the tower. The roofless vestry to the north is a C19 rebuilding. The north transept overlaps both tower and chancel: approached from the tower, it is a C19 renovation of the St John Chapel, and contains a wall memorial to Frances Countess Bolingbroke d. 1678. The south transept, C14 restored, is slightly askew to the axis of the tower. The aisleless nave, heavily restored but probably of late C13 origins, now contains the Sir John St John (d. 1559) memorial, moved in 1978 from the north transept. It is in alabaster and shows his family under a canopy supported by columns. There is a C19 rebuilt porch to the south of the nave, which has diagonal corner buttresses at its west end. The octagonal font is C15.

Listing NGR: TL0234158330

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
36821
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

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Date: 16 Dec 2003
Reference: IOE01/11162/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Derek E. Wharton. Source Historic England Archive
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