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IoE Number: 334690
Photographer: Ms Janet Tierney LRPS
Date Photographed: 15 February 2003
Date listed: 24 November 1966
Date of last amendment: 24 November 1966
Grade I

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THORNESTONEGATESE 6813 (SE 61 SE)(east side)15/112Church of St. Nicholas24.11.66

THORNE STONEGATE SE 6813 (SE 61 SE) (east side) 15/112 Church of St. Nicholas 24.11.66 GV I Church. C12, C13, C14 and C15. Rubble and ashlar limestone, lead roofs. West tower overlapped by aisles to 5-bay nave with south porch, lower 2-bay chancel with transeptal south chapel, north organ chamber and vestry. Tower: C13; tall lower stage with later buttresses flanking a 2-light, Y-tracery west window with hoodmould; short 2nd stage with string course below and above Y-tracery window of 2 lights; Perpendicular belfry stage has paired 2-light openings with louvres and shared hoodmoulds; embattled parapet with crocketed pinnacles, west clock, flagpole and weathervane. Nave: C15 2-storey porch has diagonal buttresses and Tudor-arched door with hoodmould having head-carved bosses; weathered panel over with Warenne arms set beneath part-restored oriel window; string course beneath gable parapet with roll-moulded copings. C13 inner door has moulded jambs and dog-tooth ornament to the arch; piscina and stone bench on its right. Aisle has west angle buttresses with lancet window on right. To right of porch a square-headed 3-light Perpendicular window; buttress between the windows beyond, bays 2 and 5 with lancets, bay 4 with pointed 3-light window with cemented head. North aisle has blocked round-arched north door with 2-light, Y-tracery window on right and lancets on left. Clerestorey: heightened in C15 ashlar with 4 pointed windows to south and 3 to north having Y-tracery. Aisle and nave parapets as porch; east pinnacles to nave. Chancel: south chapel has wave-moulded plinth and diagonal buttresses; segmentally-arched priests's door on left of large 3-light window with plain tracery, hoodmoulds. Chancel to right has east angle buttress, C20 external stack and restored 3-light Perpendicular window; east window similar, with restored tracery. North organ chamber with 3-light Perpendicular window, 2 gargoyles and east gable; lean-to vestry in angle with chancel has east door and window, stone slate roof. Interior: treble-chamfered north and south tower arches; east arch double-chamfered and on renewed corbels. Double-chamfered half-arches at west end of each aisle spring from semi-octagonal responds. Nave arcades with cylindrical piers and square capitals to double-chamfered arches; the easternmost piers are wallstone columns. Trefoil-headed piscina in south aisle. Chancel arch: double-chamfered on corbels; double-chamfered also the arches off chancel to north and south, the north arcade of 2 bays on circular pier. Remains of C12 window surrounds flank the east window, half of another C12 inner arch in south wall. Chancel roof has moulded tie beams and purlins. Font: beneath tower, octagonal broach-stopped base, chamfered shaft and bowl with moulded rim. C19 fittings, including Gothic-style rood screen with crucifixion. Early C20 stained glass by Henry Holiday. Monuments: on north aisle pier a marble wall plaque with vase to Edward Forster (d1781), erected 1874 by Fisher of York. Late C18 wall monuments flank the altar; on chancel south wall a slab to William Kent (d1717).

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