Building record 0066500000 - ST MARY'S CHURCH

Summary

Medieval and post-medieval parish church of St Mary's, Ludgershall, restored in the 19th century.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (I) 1124276: CHURCH OF ST MARY

Map

Type and Period (1)

  • PARISH CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1899 AD)

Description

Dimensions - Length 0026 m Width 0011
DEDICATED TO ASSUMPTION OF BVM. CONSISTS OF EMBATTLED TOWER, 42FT HIGH, 11FT SQ, NAVE, 2 AISLES, TILED CHANCEL (B1-3).
DATE OF ORIGINAL BUILDING (CHANCEL & AISLELESS NAVE) UNCERTAIN; CHANCEL REBUILT C.1310; NAVE ALTERED & AISLES ADDED MID C14, EARLY C15 W TOWER. LATE C15 S PORCH. RESTORED C19 (B4-6).
AT NGR (B7).
A collection of sketches of Buckinghamshire churches done by Charlotte Pigott, wife of George Pigott, squire of Doddershall in Quainton parish, in the early 1840s (B8).
Included in English Heritage's Monuments at Risk Register in 2011, due to theft of lead from the nave roof leaving the timber work open to the elements and an infestation of Deathwatch beetle. Condition described as 'Poor' and priority as 'D: Slow decay, solution agreed but not yet implemented' (B9).
Included in Historic England's Heritage at Risk register in 2018 and 2019, due to water damage to the timber belfry structure. Condition described as 'Poor' and priority as 'C: Slow decay; no solution agreed' (B10-11).
Grade I. Parish church. Chancel rebuilt early C14, nave altered and aisles added mid C14, early C15 W. tower, late C15-C16 S. porch, C19 restorations and organ chamber. Limestone rubble, tiled chancel, lead roofs to remainder. Tower of 2 stages, set into W. bay of nave, has restored battlemented parapet, angle buttresses, 2-light traceried openings to bell-chamber and 3-light W. window with reticulated tracery. C15 sanctus bellcote with carved finials at E. end of nave. Aisles have moulded parapets and early C16 windows with 4-centred lights in square headed openings. N. aisle also has restored C14 E. window of 3 traceried lights. Blocked N. doorway with 2-centred chamfered arch. Moulded S doorway. 2 storey S. porch has parapet, 2-centred double-chamfered arch with inner order on semi-octagonal piers, and single 4-centred light above. Floor inside has been removed. Chancel has 2 bays of restored Perpendicular traceried windows with 4-centred heads, 2-light to N. flanking C19 lean-to organ chamber, and 3-light to S. flanking small moulded doorway. C19 3-light traceried E. window. Interior: tower has triple-chamfered arches to nave and aisles, the 2 inner orders on semi-octagonal piers with moulded caps. Traces of former arches of nave arcade remain above. Nave now of 3 bays with arcades of double-chamfered arches on octagonal piers. Ornamental capitals: N.W. pier with dogtooth ornament; S.W. pier with carved heads; second pier in each arcade with carved half-figures inter- linking arms, all restored. Other capitals moulded. Late C15-C16 nave roof with moulded purlins, ridge and tie beams, the tie beams on curved braces with carved spandrels and carved wooden angel corbels. Aisles have squints to chancel, that to S. with cusped opening. S. aisle also has rectangular piscina and stairs to upper chamber of porch. Double- chamfered chancel arch, the inner order on attached shafts with moulded caps. Chancel has rectangular piscina with carved fleurons, and hammer- beam roof, probably C17, now partly concealed. Fittings: fine C12 tub font, the lower edge with enriched fluting; early C17 altar table with turned balusters and carved frieze; early C17 chair; old chest. Monuments: brasses to Anne Englishe 1565, her daughter and grand-daughter, all set into top of altar tomb in chancel; large early C19 tomb chest with pyramidal roof, flaming urn, and eye-shaped panels commemorating members of Spiers family 1817-46 at W. end of N. aisle. Wycliffe was non-resident vicar here in C14. (RCHM I p. 249 - 5O) (B6).

Sources (11)

  • <1>SBC7538 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 1 PP320-322.
  • <2>SBC14420 Bibliographic reference: SHEAHAN PP399-400.
  • <3>SBC5694 Article in serial: Robert Gibbs. 1889. 'STATE OF THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE PARISH CHURCHES IN THE 16TH & 17TH CENTURIES', IN RECS OF BUCKS 6 P251. Vol 6. p251.
  • <4>SBC12812 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 PP249-250.
  • <5>SBC16227 Bibliographic reference: VCH BUCKS 4 PP72-73.
  • <6>SBC19811 Bibliographic reference: DoE. 1985. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury Vale: Parishes of Boarstall &C.
  • <7>SBC10479 Map: OS 1979 1:2500 MAP.
  • <8>SBC23373 Article in serial: Elliott Viney. 1991. Bucks Churches in the Eighteen-Forties. Plate 6b, p74.
  • <9>SBC24032 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South East. p23.
  • <10>SBC25083 Digital archive: Historic England. 2018. Heritage at Risk Register 2018.
  • <11>SBC25245 Digital archive: Historic England. 2019. Heritage at Risk Register 2019. p131.

Location

Grid reference SP 65990 17202 (point)
Civil Parish LUDGERSHALL, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC13596)

Record last edited

Jan 2 2020 2:03PM

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