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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: 1286678



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

County: Northamptonshire

District: East Northamptonshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ringstead

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 23-May-1967

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Jun-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 232429

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RINGSTEAD CHURCH STREET SO97NE (South side) 2/127 Church of the Nativity of the 23/05/67 Blessed Virgin Mary (Formerly listed as Church of St. Mary) - I

Church. C12, C13, C14, restored C19. Squared coursed limestone and ironstone with ashlar spire and lead roofs. Nave, chancel, north aisle and chapel, north and south porches and west tower. South elevation of chancel of 3-window range of tall 3-light Decorated windows with flowing tracery. South chapel of 2-window range of 2-light square-head windows with C19 renewed tracery. Lean-to roof with plain ashlar parapets. 3-light, square-head east window to south chapel. South elevation of nave of 2-window range of tall 3-light Decorated windows with flowing tracery. Shallow gabled roof with plain ashlar parapet. C14 gabled south porch between window range has roll-moulded outer arch and vaulted roof. Late C12 inner arch is stepped and has nail head decoration and one order of shafts. North aisle of 3-window range with 2- and three-light Perpendicular windows to left and one 2-light C19 window to right. Wall to left of centre breaks forward slightly. Lean-to roof with ashlar gable parapets and corbel table decorated with faces. Perpendicular porch to right of centre has roll-moulded outer arch with ballflower decoration and 4 orders of shafts, some now missing. Stiff-leaf finial. Gabled roof with plain ashlar parpets. C13 inner arch with roll moulding and one order of shafts. North nave clerestory of 5-window range of 2-light windows with plate tracery. North chancel clerestory of 2-window range to right, of 2-light square-head windows. West tower of 2 stages, the lower stage is sub-divided. Tall lancet to west face of lower stage has stiff-leaf decoration at head. Broach spire on corbel table has 3 tiers of lucarnes. First tier has 2-light bell-chamber openings with Y-tracery and one order of shafts. Interior: 5-bay nave arcade to north of double chamfered arches with quatrefoil piers. Octagonal respond to east end forms cluster with responds to chancel arcade. West end has no respond. Double chamfered chancel arch with stepped octagonal responds and tall triple chamfered tower arch with 3 orders of shafts. 3-bay chancel arcade of double chamfered arches with circular piers and octagonal responds. C19 roof structures with moulded corbels to chancel. Piscina with ogee head to right of altar has similar triple sedilia alongside, with mouchettes in the spandrels. Remains of double aumbry with trefoil heads to left of piscina. Base of stone screen between chancel arcades. C19 stone pulpit with marble shafts. Octagonal font on shafted base. Plank north door is probably C15 with strap hinges. Monuments: various C18 and C19 marble tablets in belfry. Rev. Francis Sawyer Parris, C18 style monument, south wall, has circular tablet on broad obelisk with shelf below, holding books and an ink well. Joseph Beelse, died 1807, north wall. Black and white tablet by Coles with foliage surround and urn above. (Buildings of England: Northants, p.384).

Listing NGR: SP9860875125

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, (1973), 384

National Grid Reference: SP 98608 75125


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