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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Gosforth, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4193 / 54°25'9"N

Longitude: -3.4313 / 3°25'52"W

OS Eastings: 307222

OS Northings: 503592

OS Grid: NY072035

Mapcode National: GBR 4KGB.YL

Mapcode Global: WH711.859Y

Plus Code: 9C6RCH99+PF

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 9 March 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1063710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 76228

Location: Gosforth, Copeland, Cumbria, CA20

County: Cumbria

District: Copeland

Civil Parish: Gosforth

Built-Up Area: Gosforth

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Gosforth St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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27/30 Church of St Mary

G.V. I

Parish Church. An important site since the C8th. Oldest parts of existing
fabric are C12; extensively remodelled and extended prior to 1897 when nave was
rebuilt, with north aisle and vestry added, by C.J. Ferguson. Older masonry in
south nave wall is coursed blocks, later work in snecked rubble. Graduated
slate roofs (chancel lower) with stone ridges, copings, and kneelers; gabled
bellcote, dated 1897, corbelled out at west end. Nave with north aisle,
chancel, and vestries to north. Gabled C19 porch to south door with original
C12 north door surround (now blocked) reset to right. Single-light and
traceried multi-light windows (some under hoodmoulds) to nave and chancel.
Interior: 4-bay north arcade of pointed arches carried between columns with
octagonal capitals. Chancel arch springs from (reset?) C12 carved capitals. A
large niche at the east end of the aisle houses 2 richly carved hogback
tombstones (found in the foundations of the C12 church); other medieval
fragments, including cross-heads and tomb slabs, are incorporated into the jambs
of the niche, the spandrels above, and the inner walls of the porch. Small C19
octagonal font at the west end. Externally, on the north side of the chancel,
is an early C19 memorial to the Hudlestons, John (a land surveyor, died 1834)
and his wife Mary (died 1822): Inscription on slate with coat-of-arms on apron
below; fluted pilasters support cornice surmounted by low relief carving of
woman with anchor. Graded primarily for the numerous early medieval fragments
incorporated into the structure.

Listing NGR: NY0722103590

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