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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Abinger, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.1305 / 51°7'49"N

Longitude: -0.3895 / 0°23'22"W

OS Eastings: 512787

OS Northings: 138036

OS Grid: TQ127380

Mapcode National: GBR HHS.4B5

Mapcode Global: VHFW4.6VF7

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 11 November 1966

Last Amended: 11 November 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1028844

English Heritage Legacy ID: 289979

Location: Abinger, Mole Valley, Surrey, RH5

County: Surrey

District: Mole Valley

Civil Parish: Abinger

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Listing Text

TQ 13NW Oakwood Hill

8/12 Church of St. John
11/11/66 The Baptist


Church, originally chapel of ease to Wotton. Circa 1220,doubled in size by
Basil Champneys in 1879. Hard chalk and firestone rubble with mortar rendering,
Horsham slab roofs and weatherboarded wood - shingled bellcote to west end.
Timber framed porches to north and west. Original Church rectangular, single
room, now with parallel north aisle and vestry, bellcote to west and porches to
north and west. Sloping C18 buttresses to east and west ends. 3-light trefoil
head window to west end, C19 west window to north aisle in deep coved surround
with 3 quatrefoil lights between Perpendicular tracery above and below. C13
lancet fenestration on south side of church, three windows,two of which are
round arched, one pointed. Two lancets to chancel, east of vestry. C15 three
foiled light window to east, between buttresses, under label moulding. C19 ogee-
tracery window to east end of north aisle. Old lancets re-used in new north side,
four windows alternating with buttresses. Gabled porch to west on north aisle
with.billeted cambered tie beam and gable crucifix. Arched traceried-iron outer
gates, wooden north door. Shallow gabled porch to west end with wavy edged barge-
boards. Door circa 1480 (V.C.H.) in 4-centred,moulded surround.
Interior:- 5 bay crown-post roof with square panelled ceiling and moulded wall
plate. Keel shaped stringcourse to chancel, which is floored in yellow and white
stone "sets". Three bay north aisle arcade on two octagonal pillars with half
round pier responds and chamfered arches. Two bay north chancel arcade with
attached half-round columns to centre pier. Wooden screen between piers to north
side of chancel and east end of north aisle. Triangular internal hoods to lancets.
St Andrews cross bracing on exposed bellcage to west. Fittings:- fine piscina
with credence shelf over on south chancel wall under trefoiled head and with two
drains dished in square form, bordered by bold bowtel moulding between two
hollows. C19 gallery to west end. Panelled hexagonal pulpit with sounding board
above. C19 black marble font on thick spiral fluted round stem, egg and dart type
moulding to tub. Red ochre wall painting of "The Visitation" on south wall, C15.
Life size figures of St. Mary and St. Elizabeth. Fragments of old C13 glass in
two southern lancets - grisaille pattern with white borders.

V.C.H. (1967 Ed) VOL III pp. 162-3.

Listing NGR: TQ1278738036

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