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Church of St John of Beverley

A Grade II* Listed Building in Acomb, Northumberland

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Latitude: 54.986 / 54°59'9"N

Longitude: -2.106 / 2°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 393311

OS Northings: 565715

OS Grid: NY933657

Mapcode National: GBR FBQS.VG

Mapcode Global: WHB25.MYB1

Plus Code: 9C6VXVPV+9H

Entry Name: Church of St John of Beverley

Listing Date: 15 April 1969

Last Amended: 24 May 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1044822

English Heritage Legacy ID: 239803

Location: Acomb, Northumberland, NE46

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Acomb

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: St John Lee

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Tagged with: Parish church

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Church of St John of Beverley

(previously listed as Church of St John Lee)




Parish Church. On medieval site, rebuilt 1843 by John Dobson, remodelled and
chancel added 1886 by William S. Hicks. Squared tooled stone with ashlar
dressings. Chancel roof lead, nave lead/Welsh slate, vestry stone slate.
Broad rectangular nave with small chancel, north vestry and west tower/spire.
Free C14 style. South elevation of nave four bays: stepped buttresses, with moulded
plinths; have gargoyles above. Hollow chamfer below parapet with moulded cornice.
3-light square-headed windows. Between eastern bays a doorway with moulded
4-centred arch in square frame with foliage carving and sacred monograms in
spandrels; moulded corbel to buttress above. Similar fenestration on north.
Shaped coped gables with finial cross to east. West tower in one stage with
stepped diagonal buttresses and boarded double doors in double-chamfered north
doorway. 4-light west window and plain chamfered pointed belfry openings. Stone
broach spire with lancet lucarnes and small lancets in spire faces, moulded
finial. Chancel has moulded plinth and stepped diagonal buttresses; 5-light
east window has hoodmould terminals with sacred monograms. Carved gable cornice
with bosses and grotesques. C14 Frosterley marble slab with Lombardic
inscription now set upright against east wall of nave on south of chancel.

INTERIOR: Tower arch with triple hollow chamfer. Moulded chancel arch with carved
foliage ornament and sacred monogram hoodmould stops. Moulded 4-centred rear
arches to all windows. Sedilia and piscina with cusped arches. Elaborately-
carved chancel screen with rib-vaulted coving, carved organ and tower screens;
panelled dado with inscribed cornice. Low-pitched king-post roof with trusses
on curved brackets resting on stone corbels, filled with carved panels;
inscriptions and carving along wall plate. Panelled tower roof with sunburst
bosses. Fragments of medieval monuments and sculpture built into south wall of
tower; also in tower, Roman altar converted to sundial, and cup-and-ring stone.

Graded largely for the quality of the late C19 fittings and furnishings.

Listing NGR: NY9331165715

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