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IoE Number: 433506
Photographer: Mr Alan Powell
Date Photographed: 06 April 2003
Date listed: 09 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 09 December 1955
Grade I

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OFFTONBILDESTON ROADTM 04 NE6/135Church of St. Mary9.12.55-I

OFFTON BILDESTON ROAD TM 04 NE 6/135 Church of St. Mary 9.12.55 - I Parish church; mediaeval, mainly C14 and C15. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Flint rubble, mainly plastered but the east chancel wall is in knapped flint of 1861. Freestone dressings. Plain-tiled roofs, with, at the east end, a parapet gable. The plain round-arched south aoor represents the C12 core of the building, but most features are of C14. These include: 3- light dagger-traceried east windows (this was restored or rebuilt 1861), and several 2-light side windows with curvilinear tracery, north doorway, a simple chancel piscina and a stoup inside the south door. Good and quite complete mid C14 south porch of timber on a mid C20 brick plinth: a heavy 2-centred doorway with ogee sidelights and cusped bargeboards; mullioned windows have different tracery in the head on either side, and the tie-beam and wall-plates have typical C14 mouldings. The tower is basically mid C14, with a 2-light west window with good tracery and grotesque corbels, and a quatrefoil sanctus bell window. The upper stage of the cower was remodelled or rebuilt c.1500; the battlemented parapets have flushwork panels with traceried heads and the belfry windows have tracery of this date, with grotesque gargoyles above. C.1500, the nave was re-roofed in 3 bays; each truss has unusual long square crownposts with ribbed corners, moulded capitals and bases and 4-way knee- braces. The cornice is embattled and moulded and the tie-beams have shafted wall-pieces bearing arch-braces with leaf carvea spandrels. Two opposing nave windows are of stuccoed brick with heavy hoodmoulds and different early C16 tracery. The early C16 south priest's door has graffiti (R.T.1586) on a jamb. Two sections of a well-carved C14 or C15 roodscreen, one converted to choirstalls, the other is in the tower. The stairs to the former roodloft are in the north wall. A fine C15 font of limestone, the octagonal bowl has angels with shields and roses, further supporting angels beneath, and lions at the angles of the stem. An early C17 octagonal pulpit has arcaded panels. A north nave window has in stained glass the original arms of De Bohun (Lords of Offton Manor 1312-77); other windows have more fragmentary mediaeval glass. Some good late C19 stained glass in the chancel and the cower. A marble floorslab in the chancel of 1682 and two others of C18.

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