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Boston (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TF 32576 39169


TF 3239-3339 FRAMPTON MIDDLEGATE ROAD (south side)

15/69 Church of St. Mary 26.1.67 G.V. I

Parish church. Late C12, early C13, C14, 1796 restoration, restored 1890 by Hodgson Fowier. Limestone ashlar, lead and plain tiled roofs. Western tower and broach spire, nave, chancel, aisles, north and south porches, vestry, south transept. Tower is late C12 at the base, early C13 externally with clasping corner buttresses, thin central pilasters, chamfered string courses, human head corbel table, fine C13 broach spire with 3 tiers of lucarnes in the principal directions, with paired pointed openings, the lower set having shafted reveals with dogtoothing. The west doorway is pointed and double stepped with plain hood. Early C18 door, raised and fielded panels with cross saltire motif. Above a pair of tall lancets, double chamfered heads and to the right a slightly projecting facetted stair tower with 2 round headed lights. To the belfry stage are paired louvred lancets with triple shafts and triple chamfered heads to the outer arches flanked by single chamfered blank arches. This pattern of fenestration is repeated on the other tower faces. In the aisles are C14 3 light windows with cusped curvilinear tracery and beyond gable buttresses with trefoils. The north aisle, C14, retains single original 3 light reticulated window and 3 C19 copies. Beyond to the east a recut 5 light late C14 window with rectangular surround. The gabled porch, dated 1891, has a moulded outer door with above a cusped niche. The inner C14 doorway has a continuously moulded ogee surround and above a niche containing a plaque commemorating the restoration of 1891. Double C18 doors, 6 raised and fielded panels. In the north wall are 2 fragments of C13 grave cover and east of the porch there is late C18 brick patching and buttresses. C14 chancel has a moulded plinth and fleuron cornice with a single 3 light curvilinear window to the north and 2 to the south, each with 2 tiers of mouchettes and quatrefoil to the head. C19 brick vestry. Chancel east window matches those to the sides but is C19 restoration. The chancel has been substantially shortened. On the south side an ornate C14 priest's door with moulded ogee head and crocketed hood with finial. C14 south transept has angled buttresses; on the south-east one a man's head with inscription above. To the east a 3 light reticulated window, and to the south a large 5 light similar window with cusped tracery and simply chamfered surround. The south aisle has 3 C19 3 light reticulated windows. Restored C14 gabled south porch, the outer doorway is moulded with filleted shafted reveals, the inner doorway is continuously moulded, and above is a trefoil niche to the Moores of Wyberton dated 1881. Beyond the porch a C14 3 light reticulated window. Interior. Tower arch has C12 responds with scalloped capitals, and double chamfered pointed arch. Matching side arches and the rear arch of the west door is round headed. In the west wall of the nave is an earlier roof pitch. 5 bay early C13 nave arcades having tall round shafts, moulded octagonal and circular abaci, double chamfered arches. The arch braced nave roof contains much original C14 timber and is carried on massive trusses, supported by figured corbels. At the western ends of the aisles are strainer arches, one with an octagonal corbel. At the east end can be seen the springing of matching arches, now vanished. The south aisle roof has moulded principals and straight braces. In the north wall is a C14 doorway to the rood loft and at the south side a small window in a rectangular surround. The south transept has 2 altar niches, statue brackets, one with a king's head, and a square aumbry, in the south wall. Medieval floor tiles. Double chamfered C13 chancel arch having narrow engaged octagonal responds. In the chancel the rear arch of the priest's door has fleurons and foliage, and a crocketed ogee hood. Beyond is a contemporary sedilia originally of 2 bays, also with crocketed hood and carved cusps. On the north side a doorway with moulded surround and hooded ogee head, presumably to a vanished chantry. To the east a tomb niche with crocketed ogee head, finials and leger slab. Fittings. C15 wooden screen of 5 bays with ogee heads and panel tracery, reset as rood screen. C17 octagonal panelled pulpit with guilloche arches, removed from Bourne Abbey church in 1891. Fine 3 tier candelabrum, surmounted by Coney rabbit, the gift of Coney Tunnard 1722. Commandment boards. Ironbound C15 chest. Transitional c.1200 octagonal font with intersecting blank arcading to sides and hobnail decoration to the top. Monuments. C14 effigy of a civilian in South Transept. 6 ledger slabs in nave, 2 with brass matrices, in nave floor. In the chancel a white marble wall plaque in the Greek taste, a sarcophagus, Samuel Tunnard d.1818, and Hannah Tunnard d.1816.

Listing NGR: TF3257539170


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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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