Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1185079

Date first listed: 27-Nov-1957



Ordnance survey map of CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Ashford (District Authority)

Parish: Ruckinge

National Grid Reference: TR 02474 33535


TR 03 SW RUCKINGE THE CORNER (south side) 6/101 Church of St. Mary Magdalene 27.11.57 GV I Parish church. C12 origin, tower rebuilt C13, arcade and fenestration mainly C14, C15 alterations. Ragstone with plain tiled roof, with timber north porch and leaded spire. Chancel, north chapel, nave with aisles, western tower and north porch. Two stage western tower, the upper section Cl3 with spire on C12 lower stage, with offset corner buttresses and south-western angle vice. Ogee headed and cusped single and doubled lights. Perpendicular double wave moulded western doorway set within C12 doorway with billet, keel, chevron and roll and fillet moulded orders on double attached columns with scalloped capitals. Paired trecusped lights to south aisle with 1 leaded wooden casement. C12 south doorway with chevron and roll moulded outer orders on attached columns, the abaci enriched with zig-zag and billet mouldings. Boldly projecting south chapel with offset corner buttresses and corbelled western chimney, with blocked C18 brick west doorway and cusped Y- tracery fenestration. East end with 2 three light cusped Y-tracery windows with mouchettes, that to chancel with larger, less cusped tracery pattern. Cusped lancets to chancel and Y-tracery fenestration to north aisle, with corner buttresses (repaired with brick). North porch on flint base, with rendered and applied timber upper walls, and damaged cusped and moulded bargeboard with pendant. The porch within is unrestored, with small crown-post roof on cambered and moulded tie beam with moulded wall plate. Fine C14(?) door, with moulded and lapped timbers in hollow-and ovolo-moulded doorway with hoodmould. Interior: wide nave, with mutilated tower arch on octagonal responds, with double chamfered and roll moulded arch. Nearly all the stonework of the arcades badly scaled by fire and some with iron straps; C14 3 bay arcades with octagonal piers and moulded capitals to double chamfered arches. South pier to C14 damaged chancel arch in C15 replacement. Roof of 4 crown posts with lean-to aisles, and simple arch from south aisle to south chapel. Chancel with Cl9 tie beam, and rafter roof, and double chamfered arch to south chapel, the latter with trussed rafter roof on moulded tie beams. Fittings: cusped ogee headed piscina in east wall of chancel; C17 altar table with fluted frieze and gadrooned cup and cover legs and square floor-level stretchers and mid C18 turned baluster altar rail. Medieval choir stalls to south of chancel with frame of screen to south chapel with simple poppy head bench ends, returned across chancel arch and mirrored on north side, largely by Cl9 copies, but incorporating 4 C15 or C16 panels with tracery and shields. Cusped and roll moulded shelved piscina in south chapel. Simple octagonal font and base. Heavy Cl9 wooden Gothic style pulpit. Early C18 screen to tower with raised and fielded panelled base, turned balusters over to cornice with iron spiked top rail. Central door on H hinges. On the south wall of the tower, a reredos, with 4 fluted Doric pilasters, painted to look like marble, with entablature blocks supporting a modillion cornice, the centre raised to pediment, with central segmentally headed commandments board with cloud burst over and Hebrew lettering, flanked by Lord's Prayer and the Creed. Early Cl9 painted Royal Arms on tower north wall. (See B.O.E. Kent I, 499-500).

Listing NGR: TR0260733627


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

Legacy System number: 181687

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, (1980), 499-500

End of official listing