CHURCH OF ST FAITH
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- Listed Building
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- Statutory Address:
- CHURCH OF ST FAITH
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- Statutory Address:
- CHURCH OF ST FAITH
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Wychavon (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SO 95698 37423
SO 9437 - 9537; 9/96 13/1B
Church of St Faith
Parish church. C12 on older site, partly rebuilt C13, 1330-40 and late C15; restored 1879-80 by Richard Norman Shaw for Robert Martin. Limestone rubble, partly ashlar-faced with ashlar dressings; stone tiled roof in diminishing courses and gable-end parapets with cross finials. Four-bay aisled nave with former clerestory, south porch and opposing north doorway, central tower and two-bay chancel.
Nave: roof raised and aisles widened in C14 enclosing clerestory windows with the new aisle roofs; angled buttresses with offsets at each end and buttresses with offsets at bay divisions of north elevation. West end has C19 exterior stonework, three large stepped lancets with a sill string and a small louvred lancet in the gable apex. At the west end of each aisle is a 2-light C19 window. The north elevation has two 3-light C14 windows flanking the north doorway which is pointed and hollow chamfered. At the east end is a similar 3-light window and a doorway with a 4-centred head to the rood loft stair. The two windows in the south elevation and that at the east end of the south aisle are also of three lights but partly restored. The south porch is C19, gabled and has diagonal buttresses, a pointed archway, a lancet in each side elevation and stone benches within. The C12 south doorway has been reset in the C14 wall. It is of three shafted orders, the outer orders have a roll moulding and scalloped and voluted capitals of varying detail and the inner order have colonnettes of simple detail. The central tower was rebuilt in the late C15. It is of three stages with strings and a chamfered plinth. There are diagonal corner buttresses with offsets, the south-west one has a curious carved reptile on it, and in the north-west buttress is the door to the tower stairs. The north and south elevations of the lower stage have 3-light windows and small square-headed lights beneath the string (this string is carved with Tudor flowers at intervals) and in the south elevation is a narrow pointed doorway with moulded jambs. The second stage has a square-headed light in its west elevation. The belfry stage has large square-headed bell chamber openings of four lights filled with elaborate pierced stone tracery of probable C17 date. There are four gargoyles at the corners of the parapet string; the parapet is embattled and has crocketted corner pinnacles. Chancel: C13, altered C15 and has moulded plinth and sill string; there are pilaster buttresses at the east end and also at the centre of the side elevations. At each end of the side elevations are large C19 buttresses with off- sets. The east window is C15 and of eight lights with a 4-centred head. Beneath the sill string is an illegible memorial and in the gable apex are two rectangular lights. The side elevations have a continuous hoodmould, string course just below eaves level and two C13 lancets, each lancet is richly moulded and has nook shafts with foliated capitals and moulded bases. There is a dovecote in the roof access to which is provided by a small door beneath the eaves in the north elevation.
INTERIOR: four-bay round-headed nave arcades of two orders with circular columns; north arcade has square scalloped capitals and continuous simple hoodmould with reset head stops, whilst the south arcade has similar capitals but with a deep vertical face, horizontal flutes and an ornate continuous hoodmould. Above each column and above the east respond are small clerestory windows, the north-east one being partly obscured by the angle wall of the later rood stair turret. The tower arches are of two orders in C15 style and spanning the lower stage is a C19 quadripartite vault. The chancel has a C13 quadripartite vault which has carved bosses and springs from attached vaulting shafts; the intermediate shafts are in clusters of three and all have foliated capitals and moulded bases. The sill strings are carried up vertically around the arches of the vault to form the wall ribs. The nave has a C19 barrel roof. The mullions of the east window continue below the sill to form a blind arcade with quatrefoil tracery and the chancel windows also have nookshafts similar to those on the exterior. The west window has detached chamfered shafts between the lights with a filleted roll on each face and these are repeated on the jambs. The font has a C12 bowl carved with panels representing a priest, bishop, a Latin cross and dove and a scrolled foliated motif; the octagonal base is C14 and has a ballflower decoration. The pulpit incorporates reused ornate woodwork from the C15 rood screen and the nave pews have C15 traceried panels. There is a medieval coffin lid in the north aisle and two medieval tiles set in a south chancel window sill. Memorials: in the nave are two memorials to the Martin family, one is late C18 by W Stephens, the other is early C19. In the north aisle, two early C19 memorials, one to the Agge family surmounted by a grieving woman by Cooke of London. There is also an C18 ledger slab to the Agge family and in the south aisle are three other C18 ledger slabs to the Darke family, one with reused ornate entablature and swan-neck pediment.
A substantial medieval church with a particularly interesting and well-detailed Early English chancel.
Listing NGR: SO9569637423
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Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Worcester, (1913), 472-4
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, (1968), 231-2
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 20 Hereford and Worcester,
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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