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© Mr Thomas Sample LRPS

IoE Number: 432556
Location: CHURCH OF ST HILDA, HIGH STREET (north side)
  HARTLEPOOL, HARTLEPOOL, DURHAM
Photographer: Mr Thomas Sample LRPS
Date Photographed: 04 September 1999
Date listed: 31 March 1949
Date of last amendment: 17 December 1985
Grade I

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HARTLEPOOL HIGH STREET NZ 5233 (north side), Headland. 8/76 Church of St. Hilda 31.3.49 (formerly listed under Church Walk) G.V. I Church, c.1200, incorporating remains of early C12 church, on site of C7 monastery; aisles partly rebuilt C15; restored c.1724 and mid C19 by C. Hodgson Fowler; chancel partly rebuilt c.1870 by J.B. Pritchett (Darlington) and 1925/32 by W.D. Caroe, in Early English style, when whole church was restored. Mid C13 tower, restored 1838, 1893 and 1930. Late C13 Galilee chapel restored 1928; south porch 1932. Dressed limestone with roofs of Westmorland slate; stone slates to porch. Clearstoried and aisled nave and chancel, Bruce chapel (ambulatory), south porch, west tower with north and south aisles, and Galilee chapel. 3-stage tower has angle buttresses, massive late C13 shoring walls on 3 sides and flying buttresses to south side. Vice at south-west angle is carried up as turret. Above tower aisles with renewed windows, are blind 4-bay arcades. Mid C12 west-doorway of 4 chamfered orders, flanked by earlier doorway remains : 2 orders of shafts with stiff-leaf capitals and dogtooth moulding between them. North, south and west faces of middle stage have paired lancets behind 2-bay arcades with clock faces in spandrels. East face of upper stage has 2 lancets, other faces have 2 lancets behind 4-bay arcades. Embattled parapet has crocketed angle pinnacles. Galilee chapel adjoining west side of tower, has late C13 doorway of 4 chamfered orders. Buttressed 6-bay nave and 4-bay chancel have mid C13 lancet set behind partly blind 3-bay arcade in each bay of clearstories. Nave aisles have mid C19 windows. Altered early C12 round-headed south doorway of 2 lozenge-and-chevron moulded orders, those below springing moved outwards to allow 3rd order of nook shafts. 2-bay chancel aisles are spanned by flying buttresses and have paired lancets. Single-bay Bruce chapel has tall grouped lancets and octagonal angle turrets. Tower has quadripartite vaulting to lower stage and tower arches on 3 sides, that to east being shouldered and of 3 orders; others of 2 orders; all with filleted keel and roll mouldings. North arcade of nave has 5 rolled and keeled orders on compound piers with circular abaci and octagonal bases. South arcade has 5 keeled orders and compound piers, each with circular abacus and chamfered circular plinth. Round wall-shafts to clearstories. Chancel arcades similar to nave; 2 east bays rebuilt and blank but for lancets. Chancel arch of c.1200 has 4 moulded orders and compound responds of keeled, and filleted round shafts with waterleaf capitals and square abaci. 3-bay lancet arcade divides Bruce chapel from chancel. Font of c.1728 : scalloped marble basin and baluster shaft, with wood crown cover. Oak rood screen, 1894, by C. Hodgson Fowler. Piscina in south aisle of chancel, has nailhead ornament. Late C16 brass on north aisle wall, has female figure and inscription. Late C7 grave marker with runic inscription, on south wall of chancel. Worn medieval grave slab with effigy, on late C13 chest tomb in Bruce chapel. Many Saxon and medieval architectural fragments throughout church. V.C.H., Durham, Vol. 3, 1928, pp. 278-283.

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