PARISH CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS (CHURCH OF ENGLAND)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1173651
Date first listed:
24-Jan-1967
Date of most recent amendment:
24-Jan-1984
Statutory Address:
PARISH CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS (CHURCH OF ENGLAND), WOOD END ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
PARISH CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS (CHURCH OF ENGLAND), WOOD END ROAD

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

County:
Hertfordshire
District:
East Hertfordshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Great Munden
National Grid Reference:
TL 35519 24185

Details

Great Munden TL 3524 GREAT MUNDEN WOOD END ROAD (north side)

11/7 Parish Church of St Nicholas 24.1.67 (C of E) (Formerly listed under rural district GV of Ware) II*

Parish church. Early C12 nave and chancel, mid C14 S aisle, late C15 W tower and chancel arch. Restoration 1865-6 by George and Henry Godwin renewed arcade. S porch 1874 (replacing C16 brick porch shown in 1832 drawing by J C Buckler) repaired 1929. Flint rubble with flint facing and stone dressings. Pudding stone base course to tower. Steep old red tile roof to chancel and timber S porch. Low-pitched nave roof now slated. Copper roof to S aisle and small spire. Original C12 features include round arched N door (blocked) with external colonettes, cushion capitals and bowtel moulded arch; N jamb of chancel arch with round shafts to each angle,volute capital with grotesque face, and chamfered impost surviving in chancel; and small round-headed N window in chancel with deep internal splays. A Norman arch is said to be covered over in N side of chancel. Wide S aisle c1350, probably built as a burial place by the de Boys family, has a 3-bay arcade with octagonal piers (restored), fine Dec windows to E (3-light) and W (2-light), 2 wide ogee headed tomb-recesses and a piscina in the S wall, an early C15 panelled stone reredos with ogee headed niches and embattled moulding, 2 3-light windows in the S wall (restored) and S door with 2 moulded orders. The nave has a C14 doorway into the W tower, a C15 image niche on the N wall crocketted and finialled with traces of painting, 3 C15 3-light N windows each with a different head, and a late C15 4-centred depressed chancel arch widened to S. 3-bay C15 queen-post open roof to nave with braces to purlins and principals, moulded wall- posts on carved stone musical angel corbels and curved braces with pierced quatrefoil spandrels. Similar spandrels and wall posts to 3-bay S aisle roof with moulded purlins and stone corbels. C19 boarded waggon roof to chancel. E window C19, C14 S doorway and C15 2-light window. Unbuttressed, 3-stage, W tower with enbattled parapet and small set-back spire with vane. Narrow windows in 2 lower stages repaired with tile slips by SPAB technique. A string course marks each stage. Wide pointed bell- chamber openings. Fittings include an hexagonal Jacobean oak pulpit said to have been a bequest of Sir Robert Cecil, early C16 chancel stalls with carved ends and initials 'RK' for rector Robert King (1510-1538), and octagonal font c1891 carved with floral panels and on an octagonal rose marble shaft with moulded stone base. 2 monuments on S wall of aisle to Sarah and Gratiana Spence 1753 and 1776 in the form of bellied cartouches with hatchment carved at top. (RCHM (1911) 104: VCH (1912) 128-29: Pevsner (1977) 153: H C Andrews History of the Church of St Nicholas, Much Munden (n.d.) pamplet available at church).

Listing NGR: TL3551924185

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
161299
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Andrews, H C , History of the Church of St Nicholas Much Munden
Doubleday, A, The Victoria History of the County of Hertford, (1912), 128-29
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977), 153
Other
Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Hertfordshire, (1910)

Legal

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: 16 Mar 2007
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