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South Northamptonshire (District Authority)
Middleton Cheney
National Grid Reference:
SP 49851 42032


MIDDLETON CHENEY CHURCH LANE SP4942 (East side) 11/165 Church of All Saints 04/02/69 GV I

Church. Early C14 with Perpendicular tower. Restored 1865 by Sir G.G. Scott. Squared uncoursed ironstone and ironstone ashlar, lead and stone slate roofs. Chancel with north vestry, aisled nave with clerestory. South porch, west tower. Windows in chancel and aisles all have early C14 geometric tracery (some renewed C19). 4-light east window in chancel, 2-light windows in side walls. 3-light east windows in aisles, 2-light windows in side walls. C14 gabled south porch with stone vault carried on transverse arch with head corbels and tracery motifs above it. Inner doorway, early C14, has jamb shafts with bell capitals and hood with head stops. Medieval studded plank door with its original wicket. North doorway C14, with continuous mouldings. West tower of 3 stages, has cornice with gargoyles; castellated parapet with blind tracery and a pair of pinnacles at each corner linked to the octagonal spine by flying buttresses. Elaborately carved west doorway has continuous mouldings set with rosettes flanked by small figures of the Virgin Mary and angel Gabriel. Square hood with a frieze of angels with outspread wings. 3-light window above with panel tracery and 2-light traceried bell openings. Interior: Piscina in chancel has cusped arch and gabled hood with head stops. C14 chancel arch, responds altered C19. 4-bay nave arcades with quatrefoil piers, arches of 2 orders and hoods with head stops. Perpendicular roofs in chancel and nave have stone head corbels and C19 painted decoration. Perpendicular font, octagonal, carved with rosettes. Perpendicular polygonal pulpit with blind tracery and C19 painted decoration. Perpendicular chancel screen with cresting by Sir G.G. Scott. Benches Perpendicular. Mosaics at west ends of aisles by Powell and Son, that in north aisle designed by Holiday. Important collection of stained glass by the William Morris firm. East window of chancel. 1864-5 designed by William Morris, Philip Mebb, E Burne-Jones and Ford Maddox Brown, who also designed other windows in the chancel and aisles. Burne-Jones was a friend of the vicar W.C. Buckley (died 1892). He designed his own memorial window in the chancel in collaboration with Burne-Jones. (Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, p. 304-6; A.C. Sewter: The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle, Yale 1974-5, 2 Vols. Catalogue volume, p.133-134).

Listing NGR: SP4985142032


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire, (1961), 304-6
Sewter, A , The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle, (1975), 133-134


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: 20 Feb 2006
Reference: IOE01/15274/21
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Alistair F Nisbet. Source Historic England Archive
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