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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1186482



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

County: Gloucestershire

District: Forest of Dean

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Littledean

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 23-Sep-1955

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 354148

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10/77 Church of St. Ethelbert


GV 1

Parish Church. C12, C14 and C15; Tower and porch thin coursed red sandstone with ashlar dressings; nave, larger squared stone, very roughly coursed, with ashlar dressings; chancel squared, coursed stone. Welsh slate roofs, stone slate to porch. 4-bay nave, west tower, north aisle of same height as nave, chancel, 2- bay north chapel, south porch. South face: tower, undivided externally, diagonally-set corner buttresses to west; plain plinth, ogee-headed single-light windows to 2 upper stages, upper with stone louvres. Plain oversailing parapet with plain gargoyle: stump of octagonal spire above. Nave, diagonally-set west buttress, square-set east: two 3-light windows with rectilinear tracery, no hoodmoulds: high up at east end a blocked doorway. Gable copings, with apex cross. Porch set slightly off centre, plain, moulded door surround, built up; projecting kneelers and cross-gablet apex and cross to gable. 2 mass-dials on south face. Projection for rood-stair with stone cap in angle between nave and chancel. Chancel two 2-light 'Y'-tracery windows with hoodmoulds: blocked priest's door between. Diagonally-set buttresses to east end, window intersecting tracery. North aisle square-set buttresses, square-headed 2-light windows with ogee-heads to lights. Interior: chancel floor same level as nave: walls plastered. Chancel arch semi-circular Norman responds, with slightly different capitals: later pointed arch above. Small, square-headed door above to right at head of rood loft stair. Octagonal pillars to 4- bay arcade with plain, chamfered bases and moulded capitals. In short return wall by tower a low square-headed opening to north aisle, set a little way up wall: possibly access to a former west gallery. Ceiling panelled, plastered barrel-vault with carved wooden bosses. Chancel ceiling panelled plastered waggon roof, carved bosses, crenellated wall-plate. North aisle: Medieval glass in head of 2 lights (also in north chapel): north half of ceiling panelled plastered waggon roof, with crenellated wall plate; other half plain plaster. North chapel has heavily-moulded cambered tie beams, with wall posts and curved braces, between cambered, plastered ceiling. Large Pyrke monument in chancel 1752, by T. Ricketts of Gloucester; 3 late C18 or early C19 wall monuments. Octagonal stone font, probably medieval, on later stem; trefoil headed blind arches to sides of bowl. Benefactions board in porch. Spire blew off 1894; south porch made into vestry mid C20. Rich collection of headstones in churchyard, not separately listed. (D. Verey, Gloucestershire, The Vale and Forest of Dean, 1970.)

Listing NGR: SO6721513580

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Verey, D , The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 2 The Vale and The Forest of Dean, (1970)

National Grid Reference: SO 67217 13577


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