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East Northamptonshire (District Authority)
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SP 95180 78183


SP9578 12/145 23/05/67

TWYWELL CHURCH LANE (West side) Church of St. Nicholas


Church. C12 to C14 and C19. Regular coursed and squared coursed limestone and ironstone with Collyweston slate and lead roofs. Nave, chancel, south aisle, south porch, vestry and west tower. South elevation of chancel of 2-window range of 2-light windows with Y-tracery, parts renewed. Gabled roof with Collyweston slates and ashlar gable parapets. 3-light east window with intersecting tracery. North elevation of chancel has one central single-light C12 window and one square-head low side window to right. Blocked doorway to left of centre and 2 recesses to far left. South aisle of 2-window range of 2-light window with Y-tracery, parts renewed. Lean-to roof has plain ashlar parapet. Single-light west window. Centre gable porch has roll moulded and chamfered outer arch and C12 inner doorway with one order of colonettes, stiff leaf capitals and zig-zag decoration around the arch. C19 vestry attached to east end of south aisle has 2-light south window in gable end and square-head east door. North elevation of nave of 2-window range at lower level with 2-light window with Y-tracery to left is set in blocked C12 arch and C12 single-light window to right. Central north door has C12 tympanum with diapering. Clerestory of 3-window range of 2-light square-head windows, restored C19. Shallow gabled roof with ashlar parapets. West tower of 3 stages, unbuttressed. Single-light C12 west window in lower stage. Fragment of C14 tracery in south face of second stage and C12 two-light bell chamber openings to each face of upper stage. Those to north, east and west each have plain tympanum and remains of one order of shafts. That to south has C14 tracery in place of the tympanum. C14 quatrefoil frieze with corbel table below and castellated parapet above, with short corner pinnacles. Gargoyles at mid point of each facet Interior: south nave arcade of 3 bays. C12 semi-circular arch to east is single stepped with stiff leaf capitals to respond; and originally gave access to a transept. 2 outer arches are C13 also semi-circular, double chamfered with octagonal pier. C13 double chamfered chancel arch with octagonal responds and C12 semi-circular tower arch with plain responds. Former east window of south aisle has intersecting tracery and now forms a screen to the vestry. Wide C14 double chamfered pointed arch. C19 nave and chancel roof structures, south aisle retains some earlier timbers. Piscina with trefoil head to right of altar and fine Easter Sepulchre to left with arched recess to lower stage supporting 2 aumbries and a stone book rest. Late C19 choir stalls with a frieze of animals are a memorial to the Rev. Waller who was with Dr. Livingstone in Africa. Monuments: various C19 tablets to north wall of chancel. Remains of inscribed tablets in floor of chancel to Ekins family. Stained glass: early C20 stained glass to all lower windows of nave and aisle and chancel east window. 2 south aisle windows are probably by Kempe, that to right has fragment of earlier glass in the tracery. C12 octagonal font with Jacobean cover. Hatchment above tower arch. (Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p.435).

Listing NGR: SP9518078183


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, (1961), 435


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: 09 Feb 2004
Reference: IOE01/11763/29
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