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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Tunstall, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3246 / 51°19'28"N

Longitude: 0.7197 / 0°43'10"E

OS Eastings: 589590

OS Northings: 161899

OS Grid: TQ895618

Mapcode National: GBR QS1.W73

Mapcode Global: VHKJL.FYBY

Plus Code: 9F328PF9+RV

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 24 January 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1069356

English Heritage Legacy ID: 176192

Location: Tunstall, Swale, Kent, ME10

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Tunstall

Built-Up Area: Sittingbourne

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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5/58 Church of St. John
The Baptist


Parish Church. C13 chancel, C14 nave, chapel C15, extended 1655,
restored 1848-56 by R.C. Hussey. Knapped and coursed flint some brick
and plain tiled roofs. Chancel, south-east chapel, nave and aisles,
west tower, south porch. Exterior: C14 west doorway, with roll-
mould and double hollow chamfer, and crocketed ogee hood. South
aisle with diagonal buttresses, cornice and parapet and C19
decorated-style windows. C14 door with strap hinges and 2 grilles;
doorway with roll and billet moulding and attached shafts in south
porch. South east chapel of flint and rubble, extended 1 bay
east in brick, with brick parapet and repairs to buttresses. Two
3-light C15 windows, 1 C17 4 light Perpendicular survival window
(i.e. uncusped). Restored 5-light east window, originally of c. 1510
Chancel north wall with 3 lancet windows. North aisle with plinth
string course blocked chamfered doorway, and 3 C-19 windows. Interior:
tower arch and 4 bay nave arcade with double hollow chamfer and
octagonal piers, wooden tunnel roofs, plastered in aisles. Wide
channel arch on corbels. Double chamfered arches without responds
from chancel and south aisle to south chapel and roll and hollow-
chamfered four-centred arch from chancel to chapel and remains of
one lancet in chancel wouth wall. Panelled and bossed chancel roof.
Fittings: C13 double piscina in chancel with solid cusped heads and
chamfered pier, and C15 piscina with fernleaf spandrels in south
chapel. Monuments: in the south east (or Hales') chapel. Sir James
Crowmer d. 1613, fragments re-erected 1935, an armoured knight and
his lady kneeling with 3 daughters, obelisks left and right, deaths
heads and achievement over. Late medieval alabaster tomb chest,
with 5 panels with shields. Sir Edward Hales, d. 1654, signed W. Sweet
and M. Miles 1655. Recumbent knight in white marble resting on
his arm, on black and white marble sarcophagus with achievements
and inscription on parchment rolls, with cornice, and helm and gaunt-
lets over. Chancel south wall, monument to Robert Cheke d. 1647,
black and white marble. Doric columns on plinth support frieze
and broken segmental pediments and frame semi-circular niche
with half-bust of man holding book with hand on heart. To east
of it white marble monument to Rev. Edward Mores, d. 1740, a
bewigged divine in keyed niche with open pediment over. Wall
plaque in south aisle to John and Catherine Grove, d. 1755 and 1758,
a white plaque on scrolled base with medallion and frieze and floral
cornice over with draped urn on plinth. Brasses: Ralph Wulf d. 1525
(17 in), a priest; a lady, probably Dame-Francis Crowmer, d. 1597
(18 in). Hanging rood: in chancel given by artist Martin Travers
1968. Glass: mid C19, the east window by Ward and Nixon 1850.
Victorian Royal Arms over north door, 4 lozenge achievements in south
chapel. (See B.O.E. Kent II 1983, 480-481, and also church guide).

Listing NGR: TQ8946161825

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