CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1186214
Date first listed:
25-Aug-1959
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE, THE STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE, THE STREET

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

County:
Kent
District:
Tonbridge and Malling (District Authority)
Parish:
Mereworth
National Grid Reference:
TQ 66018 53752

Details



TQ 65 SE MEREWORTH THE STREET

2/29 Church of St Lawrence

25.8.59

- I

Parish Church 1744-46 for 7th Earl of Westmorland after the old Church had been taken down to make way for the Castle. Very probably by Henry Flitcroft. Temple church, taking up ideas laid down by Jones and by Hawksmoor & Archer in the 50 New Churches Commission, purified by neo-Palladian Theory. Ragstone blocks with sandstone ashlar quoins and dressings. Tiled slate roof with colossally deep eaves and pediment ends. West tower copied almost directly from Flitcroft St Giles-in-the-Fields. Square town base with arched belfry openings on west and with urns atop corners. Octagonal clock stage with pediment aedicules on each side. Columned and balustraded octagonal 3rd stage supporting octagonal pedestal of eight-sided obelisk like tower. Semi-circular Tuscan west porch with eaves cornice around. 7 bay nave with key-blocks to windows. East with 3 windows with arched central one, giving effect of Palladian window. Internal window in east pediment. Oculus in west pediment. Interior with barrel-vaulted nave three times wider than aisles themselves. More a series of square bays. 6 bays with close-set Doric columns carrying flat entablature. Attached half-columns against all four walls. Columns painted to look like marble, ceilings with coffering. Tomb to Sir Thomas Faut: d.1589 Erected 1639. 2 pairs of Corinthian columns supporting entablature curving forward in the centre with putti below. 2 reclining effigies beneath with kneeling sons. Attached to exterior wall to south, Monument to Francesco Sleter, decorative painter, d.1775. See M Whiffor, Smart and Georgian Churches outside London, London 147/48.

Listing NGR: TQ6585553714

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
178886
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

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Whiffor, M, Smart and Georgian Churches outside London

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: 25 Mar 2004
Reference: IOE01/11949/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Gordon Richards. Source Historic England Archive
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