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TQ 75456 50144


LINTON HILL TQ 75 SE LINTON (East Side) 3/139 Church of St. Nicholas 23.5.67 GV II* Parish church. C14 and C15. Alterations and additions of 1860 by R.C. Hussey in a C15 style. Ragstone, with plain tile roof. Nave, south aisle, south porch, chancel, south chancel chapel, north chancel chapel. Nave and south aisle extended to west and north aisle and north- west tower added in 1860. Nave: Probably C14, extended in 1860. West End: small blocks of evenly-coursed stone. Chamfered stone plinth. One buttress. C19 four-light window and pointed-arched doorway with squared hoodmould and brattished canopy. South aisle: C14, extended to west in 1860. Re-faced in 1860 with small blocks of evenly-coursed stone. Chamfered stone plinth. Gabled. Three C19 three-light windows; one to west and 2 flanking porch. South porch: C19, with stonework and plinth similar to nave. Carved bargeboards. Moulded outer and plain-chamfered inner doorway. South chancel chapel: later C14. Roughly coursed stone on un-dressed plinth. Two C19 windows, one blocked 2-light to south, one 3-light to east in a C15 style. Chancel: C14, re-faced, and probably extended, in C19. Diagonal north-east and south-east buttresses. 2-light C19 windows to north and south. Moulded pointed-arched south doorway. Vestry: C19. Low, and at right- angles to chancel. North chancel chapel: C15 or early C16. Roughly coursed galleted stone, with high moulded stone plinth. Gabled. C19 east window of 3 stepped lights and similar north window. North aisle: 1860. Chamfered stone plinth. Gabled. Two 3-light north windows. North-west tower: 1860. Three stages, on moulded stone plinth, with moulded off-sets between stages. Clasping buttresses. Recessed stone spire. Two 2-light windows to each face of belfry. Small rectangular north light to second stage and trefoil-headed lights to north and west of bottom stage. Pointed-arched north doorway. West clock. South face abuts nave. Interior: Structure: 3-bay south arcade to nave of doubly plain-chamfered pointed arches; 2 east bays C14, west bay C19 in a C14 style. Columns with scroll-moulded capitals. 2-bay north arcade to nave in a C14 style. Tower protrudes into north-west end bay. Tall pointed- arched C15 chancel arch, with continuous outer moulding, and inner moulding springing on each side from concave-sided semi-octagonal shaft with moulded capital and base. Later C14 doubly plain-chamfered pointed arch between chancel and south chapel, springing from attached semi-octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases. Pointed doubly plain-chamfered arch dying into wall between south chapel and south aisle. 4-centred doubly hollow-chamfered C15 or early C16 arch between chancel and north chapel, inner order springing from attached semi-octagonal columns with moulded capitals and high moulded bases. C19 arch between north chapel and north aisle. Chamfered medieval rere-arch to blocked south window of south chapel. Roof: Medieval crown-post roof to nave, with 3 moulded octagonal crown-posts and ribbed C19 boarding under rafters. 2 medieval moulded octagonal crown-posts to south chapel. C19 boarded wagon roof to chancel. Fittings: moulded cinquefoil- headed niche with splayed reveals, to east wall of chancel. Small pointed- arched plain-chamfered piscina adjacent to niche. Traceried wooden screen with moulded, brattished cornice between chancel and south chapel. Intricately-carved wooden screen under chancel arch, with vaulted wooden canopy, enriched cornice and parapet, erected 1949. Monuments: hanging monument on north wall of north aisle, to Sir Anthony Mayne, d.1627, and 2 wives. Alabaster, with convex corniced plinth. Three-quarter-length figures between 4 Corinthian columns, with entablature arched over centre. Achievements of Sir Anthony under arch, and heraldic shield over each wife above entablature. Seated mourner (Faithful Gardener?) above arch. Monuments within north chancel chapel: standing monument against north wall, to Sir Anthony Mayne, d.1615, and wife. Alabaster. Rectangular chest bearing inscription, surmounted by kneeling figures, flanked by Corinthian columns bearing entablature with convex cornice. Achievements above cornice. Vestiges of family tree carved and painted on back panel. Gothic monument against north wall, to Galfridus Mann, d.1756. Designed by Richard Bentley 1758: erected at expense of Horace Walpole. Chest tomb on plain base, chest with trefoils in relief and with plain central inscription in Latin. Above, a marble urn under crocketed arch, soffit of arch panelled with quatrefoils. Tablet on north wall to Eleanor Mann, d.1751. Rectangular, with foliated base plate. Inscribed panel flanked by cupid terms. Moulded cornice, with flaming urn to each end, surmounted by grey marble obelisk with white marble dragon rising from urn. Tablet on south wall to Maria Isabella Mann, d.1823. Signed E.H. Baily. Inscription on rectangular plinth beneath elderly mourner seated in relief against gadrooned urn, with draped tapering back plate. White marble tablet on south wall to Julia, Countess Cornwallis, d.1847, by Baily. White marble on black ground, flanked by draped semi-octagonal pilasters with moulded capitals linked by arch in relief. Tablet on west wall to Edward Mann, d.1775. White marble on brown ground. Base-plate with achievements. Oval inscription panel with moulded cornice surmounted by urn against obelisk. Tablet on east wall to Charles James Mann, d.1835 aged 22, and sister Jemima Isabella Wykeham Martin, d.1836, by Baily. Rectangular consoled inscription panel surmounted by segmental- headed white marble tablet on black marble base-plate, with 2 large draped urns in relief. Free-standing white marble monument in north- east corner, to the same Charles James Mann, signed by Baily. Young man lying upon Grecian couch. Free-standing marble monument in south- west corner, to Laura, Countess Cornwallis, d.1840, by Baily. Woman, book in hand, turning on couch. (J. Newman, B.O.E. series, West Kent and the Weald, 1980).

Listing NGR: TQ7538950165


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Books and journals
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, (1980)


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: 11 Nov 2004
Reference: IOE01/13207/32
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