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IoE Number: 334557
Photographer: Mr David Clayton
Date Photographed: 04 August 2006
Date listed: 05 June 1968
Date of last amendment: 01 June 1986
Grade I

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SE50SW SPROTBROUGH7/136Church of St. Mary(Formerly listed as Church

SE50SW SPROTBROUGH 7/136 Church of St. Mary (Formerly listed as Church 5.6.68 of St Mary the Virgin). GV I Church. C13 and C14 with C15 and C16 alterations and additions. Rubble and ashlar limestone, ashphalt roofs. West tower, 3-bay aisled nave with north and south porches, 2-bay chancel, north vestry. Tower: C14 lower part has chamfered plinth and diagonal, offset buttresses flanking ogee-headed west door with hoodmould; quadrant-moulded 2-light window above with trefoil-headed loop over. Offsets below and above lozenge- shaped clock. Perpendicular upper stage has paired, 2-light belfry openings with cusped, blind panels beneath louvred upper lights, shared hoodmoulds. Blind tracery to parapet with gargoyles and pinnacles. Nave: chamfered plinth; buttresses, diagonal to west. South porch has timbered gable and stone roof; quadrant-moulded doorway within has hoodmould. Aisle has square-headed, double-chamfered 3-light windows, 4-light window on right; string course beneath embattled parapet. 4 clerestorey windows of 3 Tudor-arched lights in square-headed recesses; parapet, as aisle, has pinnacle bases. North side similar: ashlar porch with gable plaque dated 1630, quadrant-moulded, pointed arch to door within. Chancel: south priest's door flanked by buttresses and by Y-tracery, double-cavetto-moulded windows with hoodmoulds. West buttresses now built onto by aisle end walls. 2-storey north vestry with 2-light mullioned window beneath pointed single light, shallow-pitched north gable. Flanking 2-light windows to chancel, renewed. Angle buttresses flank early C20, 4-light east window within jambs of C13 opening. Plain parapet with copings, truncated east gable. Interior: 3-bay north and south arcades with octagonal piers, moulded capitals and double-chamfered, pointed arches; ½-round, north-east respond with early capital, probably reused. Double-chamfered tower arch, similar chancel arch with ½-octagonal responds to inner order, hoodmould. Cl3 sedilia, 3 seats divided by paired shafts and with hoodmould, piscina to its east has hoodmould with head-carved stops; straight-headed image niche in chancel north wall. C16 nave roof with moulded, cambered tie beams and carved bosses, matching aisle roofs. Monuments: south aisle chapel has late C13 effigy of knight in C14 cusped, ogee recess. Later female effigy now with C20 canopy. Wall monument in north aisle to William Wrightson of Cusworth jd1760). Chancel floor: fine brasses to William Fitzwilliam (1474) and wife, also C18 and C19 slabs to Copley family. Incised alabaster table-tomb to Philip Copley (d1577) and wife; wall monument to Leonellfis copley (d1776). Furnishings: C20 octagonal pulpit reuses old panels and has C18 tester. C16 bench ends. Unusual rood screen with medieval shafts and later Decorated-style tracery; 2 misericords in adjoining stalls. Jacobean communion rail with obelisks. C14 stone seat in chancel has traceried end panel and bearded caryatid beneath seat. Some of the early C20 furnishings by Comper. N. Pevsner, B.O.E., 1967 ed, pp496-497 and p648.

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