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Ribble Valley (District Authority)
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SD 82990 48862


SD 82 48 12/69

GISBURN, MAIN STREET (North Side) Church of St. Mary



Church, probably early C16th with remains of C12th and C13th. Sandstone rubble with slate roof. Comprises a west tower, nave, lower chancel, north and south aisles, and south porch. The tower has no buttresses and has an embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. The bell openings are of 2 trefoiled lights under a pointed head. The west opening is possibly an early C19th copy. The west door and west window appear to be C19th. The door is chamfered with a shouldered flat head, and the window of 3 lights. The north aisle, of large sandstone blocks, is of 5 bays and has flat-headed mullioned windows, double hollow-chamfered with Tudor-arched heads to the lights. The south aisle is of 5 bays with embattled parapet and mullioned windows with flat heads. The 3rd bay has a window with chamfered surround over a priest's door with chamfered surround, pointed head, moulded imposts, and a hood. Both aisles have west windows of 3 pointed lights under a pointed head, possibly C13th. Their east windows are each of 3 lights, with mullions and flat heads. The east chancel window is of 5 lights under a Tudor-arched head with hood. The south porch has an outer wide entrance with moulded round arch and moulded imposts. The inner door, probably C13th, has a pointed arch with 2 orders of sunk quadrant moulding. The porch roof has 2 short king posts rising from collars. Interior. The nave and chancel each have 2-bay arcades with pointed arches chamfered in 2 orders and octagonal piers with moulded capitals. The chancel arch is similar, but springs from 2 round piers with moulded capitals. It is flanked by 2 similar arches spanning the aisles. The round tower arch is probably Norman. The open timber roof to the nave is partly reconstructed, but probably late medieval. It has 3 cambered tie beams, no principals, and crown posts braced to the ties and to the collar plate. The rafters are scissor-braced. The braces, except for those to the western truss, are curved. In the north aisle is a marble wall tablet, erected in 1706 to Sir John Assheton, with composite columns and broken segmental pediment. The chancel screen contains some C16th woodwork. The glass in the east window was renewed in 1872, when fragments of medieval glass from the earlier window were transferred to windows in the north and south chapels.

Listing NGR: SD8299048862


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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: 15 Oct 2003
Reference: IOE01/09818/23
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Pamela Jackson. Source Historic England Archive
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