CHURCH OF ST MARY

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1232974

Date first listed: 27-Nov-1957

Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MARY, THE STREET

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST MARY, THE STREET

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

County: Kent

District: Ashford (District Authority)

Parish: Brook

National Grid Reference: TR 06635 44281

Details

TR 04 SE BROOK THE STREET (East side)

4/58 Church of St. Mary 27.11.57

GV I

Parish church. 1096-1107, for Prior Ernulf of Christ Church, Canterbury. Flint, in parts laid herringbone pattern, with Quarr and Caen stone dressings. Plain tiled roof. Chancel, nave with north porch, and Westwerk tower. Three stage tower, the ground area virtually as great as the (by no means small) nave. South-eastern angle stair turret, rising in several uneven stages. String courses and parapet with small lancets throughout. C15 2 light west window with C15 moulded arched doorway below in C11 outer arch, with same re-used tooled C11 blocks in spandrel. Blocked simple chamfered C11 south doorway. C19 north porch with simple chamfered pointed arched doorway. Decorated style 3 light window in north nave wall, and inserted lancets to Chancel. Deep recess to low opening in chancel north wall. Interior: tall and massive tower arch, rebated and with rope moulded abaci carried across west wall of nave. Complete and wide spiral staircase with tower, with chapel on first floor, with 3 finely moulded arches on east wall, the centre with a pile of rubble attached - all that remains of an altar. C12 wall painting of Christ blessing over the arches. The presence of this chapel makes of the tower a Continental style Westwerk - simple rafter roof to nave. Simple low chancel arch on imposts, with round headed recess to north and evidence of rood door over. Chancel with beam ends in north and south walls. Boarded and ribbed chancel roof. Fittings: re-set stone altar slab. Roll moulded almond shaped opening in north wall corresponding to exterior niche (possibly for ringing the sanctus bell, locally attributed to use by an anchorite). Wood lined aumbrey in north wall; and sedile with moulded hood. Medieval encaustic tiles in sanctuary. Wall paintings; chancel, trecusped piscina; a scheme of roundels with scenes of Christ's Nativity, on all three walls, those on east wall interrupted by new East window c.1280, and overpainted with masonry and cross-pattern with painted cusped arches over. Nave painting also from c1280, larger roundels with scenes of a saint's life. North wall with some C14 figures, large St. Christopher over north door, and 2 C17 texts in flamboyant cartouches. Royal Coat of Arms in tower. (See B.O.E. Kent II 1983, 164-5; church guide).

Listing NGR: TR0677144589

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 408364

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Church of St Mary Brook Church Guide
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: North East and East Kent, (1983), 164-5

End of official listing