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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Crich, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.088 / 53°5'16"N

Longitude: -1.4818 / 1°28'54"W

OS Eastings: 434801

OS Northings: 354660

OS Grid: SK348546

Mapcode National: GBR 6BX.J5K

Mapcode Global: WHDG1.6NM0

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 13 February 1967

Last Amended: 14 August 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1068597

English Heritage Legacy ID: 78668

Location: Crich, Amber Valley, Derbyshire, DE4

County: Derbyshire

District: Amber Valley

Civil Parish: Crich

Built-Up Area: Crich

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Crich St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

Church of St Mary (formerly
13-2-67 listed as "Church of St Michael")


Anglican Church. Medieval, with C12 core, additions and alterations in late
C13, C14 and early C15, and recent C20 vestry extension. Ashlar and coursed rubble
gritstone, with quoins, coped gables to nave and chancel, low pitched leaded roof
to nave and aisles, and concrete tiles to chancel and south porch. Square west
tower with recessed octagonal spire mid to late C14, nave with perp, clerestory,
north and south aisles and a perp. south porch. Dec. chancel, with vestry to
north wall. Three stage tower rising from a triple stepped moulded plinth, with
angle buttresses with set-offs, terminating at bell stage. Moulded stringcourses
delineate tower stages 2-light Dec belfry window with moulded string above,
incorporating grotesque spouts to corners. Deep unpierced parapet with a wave
moulding with trefoils, below a moulded parapet coping. Octagonal spire with
lucarnes at three levels. Tower west wall with C19 2-light window below hoodmould
with stops. Above, an empty niche sets below a clock face to the second stage.
South aisle with Perp. 3-light flat headed west window and two south wall pointed
arched windows below hoodmoulds with carved stops, one with intersecting tracery,
one with reticulated tracery, both with moulded surrounds. 3-light windows with
intersecting tracery to east end. Shallow stepped buttresses with set-offs between
windows and to east corner. Gabled south porch rising from plain chamfered plinth,
with double chamfer arch to doorway, with hoodmould. Deeply recessed flat headed
2-light windows to side walls, and stone porch seats to interior. Stepped arch
to south aisle doorway with hollow and quadrant mouldinqs rising from chamfered
responds with simply moulded capitals below a hood mould. Four bay nave with
ashlar crenellated parapets, above a continuous stringcourse. Deeply recessed
Perp. 3-light clerestory windows with four centred arched heads to lights, and one
2-light chamfer mullioned window. Sanctus bellcote above chancel arch. Three bay
Dec chancel, with full height buttresses with set-offs delineating the bays, and
east angle buttresses to eastend, rising from an elaborate moulded plinth. Two
3-light ogee-reticulated windows within deeply moulded surrounds to south wall.
Set-offs in south wall masonry runs horizontally above pointed arched priests door
to central bay and is carried up as hoodmould above pointed arched windows, continuing
around along east wall, and above 5-light ogee reticulated east window. Vestry to
chancel without windows, but with diagonal buttresses with set-offs. North aisle
with deeply recessed Perp. 3-light east window and angle buttress to north-east
corner. Three 3-light Dec. pointed arched windows with flowing tracery and
hoodmoulds with stops, beneath a chamfered string course and with shallow buttresses
with set-offs between windows, all rising off a shallow plinth. At the west end,
an ogee-headed tomb recess in the outer wall. C20 flat roofed vestry projects to
north. 2-light Dec. window to north aisle west wall. Interior: narrow tall
pointed tower arch, chamfered, and with responds for 3-bay nave arcades against
tower east wall. North arcade lower and earlier than south, with elementary
chamfered square capitals, and scalloped respond capitals supporting asymmetrical
stepped unchamfered semi-circular arches, with continuous hoodmould above. South
arcade with chamfered semi-circular arches rising from moulded circular capitals,
and continuous hoodmould above arches. North aisle circular piers are more
substantial than those to south. Junctions between arcades and later chancel are
narrow half bays with stepped pointed chamfered arches, that to north arcade lower,
and running into chancel wall masonry, that to south aisle rising from a moulded
impost, matching those of the chancel arch which is double chamfered, below
Vestigial traces of a steeply pitched former nave roof. Within chancel moulded
eaves string course with carved corbels for earlier chancel roof. Triple ogee-headed
sub-cusped sedilia to chancel south wall, and also drain to former piscina. Former
squint to chancel north wall, now with C17 carved cover. Above squint, a rare
stone bible rest. Piscina to south aisle side wall with cusped head, and at west end
of aisle, a Romanesque drum font with cable moulding. Tomb recess in north aisle
wall with recumbent effigy believed to be of Sir William de Wakebridge d.1369.
Chancel south wall has alabaster table tomb with the figure of a knight in
armour, to Godfrey Beresford d.1513. Chancel north wall has alabaster table
tomb to John Clay d.1632 and two wives. Alabaster slab set in wall, with
carved full height portraits to German Pole d.1588 and his wife. Classical
wall monument to German Wheatcroft d.1857 to chancel north wall, and an
inscription board nearby seemingly assocated with the Clay Monument. C.14
chancel screen, with 3-light side bays, cusped headings to lights, and pierced
panel to base. Two benches with poppy heads to end against chancel arch wall.

Listing NGR: SK3480154658

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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