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County Durham (Unitary Authority)
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NZ 19683 44028


ESH FRONT STREET NZ 14 SE (South side) Esh

10/6 Church of St. Michael 17.1.67 GV II

Parish church. 1770 rebuilding, dated on interior, on medieval site; extensive alterations in 1850; south porch added 1884. Coursed squared sandstone rubble, thinly rendered in places, with ashlar plinth and dressings; roof of graduated Lakeland slates, and porch roof stone-flagged,with stone gable copings. Nave with south porch and transept; chancel with north porch. Gabled porch has chamfered, cusped 2-centred-arched surround to boarded door with ornamental hinges, in shafted, roll-moulded arch with leaf-stopped dripmould; side buttresses, stone cross finial. Nave has Perpendicular style 3-light north window, 2 cusped south windows; 2-light west window with bar tracery, and blocked spherical-triangular window above, under gabled bellcote with fleur- de-lys finial. Transept has 2-light Decorated-style window under gable with side buttresses, and paired lancets in east wall; external chimney-stack at south-east. Chancel has 4-light Perpendicular-style south window, 3-light Decorated-style east window. Paired cusped ogee lights in north porch and shouldered arch and lights on north front; external chimney stack. Stone cross finials; medieval-style chimneys.

Interior: inner porch has trailing iron foliage decoration. Painted plaster with ashlar dressings; boarded dado beside pews; boarded, panelled roof on cornice, with Tudor-flower bosses on chancel panels. Chamfered transept arch with similar inner arch on corbelled round shafts. Low square-headed piscina, slightly-chamfered, in south chancel wall. Hollow-chamfered rerearches and 2-centred-arched vestry door. Organ in transept. Glass includes south nave window by G.J. Baguley, north nave war memorial by Atkinson Bros., both of Newcastle upon Tyne. Lee memorial in transept by H.M. Barnet of the same town. Plaque in nave signed Walker and Emley, and dated 1884 for gift of porch and transept window in memory of former vicar. Early C14 effigy,against south wall of transept,has slightly-eroded costume detail; headless effigy of child wrapped in christening cloth on south window-sill of transept.

Sources: W. Stuart White, Registers of the Ancient Chapel of Esh, Newcastle 1896, III; C. Hunter Blair, 'Medieval Effigies in the County of Durham' in Archaeologia Aeliana, 4 VI Nos. XXXII and LXI.

Listing NGR: NZ1968344028

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 17 August 2017.


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Books and journals
'Archaeologia Aeliana' in Archaeologia Aeliana, ()
War Memorials Register, accessed 17 August 2017 from
White, W Stuart, Registers of the Ancient Chapel of Esh, 1896,


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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