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Latitude: 52.0419 / 52°2'30"N
Longitude: -0.1539 / 0°9'14"W
OS Eastings: 526710
OS Northings: 239779
OS Grid: TL267397
Mapcode National: GBR J66.XKR
Mapcode Global: VHGN8.8YZ1
Entry Name: Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 27 May 1968
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1102715
English Heritage Legacy ID: 162177
Location: Ashwell, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG7
District: North Hertfordshire
Civil Parish: Ashwell
Built-Up Area: Ashwell
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Ashwell
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL 2639 ASHWELL MILL STREET
8/46 Church of
27.5.68 St. Mary
Parish Church. C14 (completed 1381). C15 N porch and aisle windows.
Large building with exceptionally big W tower. Clunch. Flint rubble.
Some red brick. Low pitched slate roofs behind parapets. 4-stage W tower
has deeply projecting stepped angle buttresses. Leaded spike with
crenellated octagonal base. Lowest stage has 4-light Decorated-style
traceried window; belfry stage has paired pointed arches with traceried
panels. N and S aisles have 3-light traceried windows; hood moulds;
cinquefoiled lights. Chancel with 3-light restored C14 windows. N porch
is single storey. Original door arch and windows. 2-storey S porch has
C19 restored gabled front. Lierne vault with naturalistic foliage
bosses. Internally, the nave is 5 bays. Composite piers illustrating
stylistic progression: E 3 with rounded piers, W 2 with canted piers.
Tall W arch with canted piers; walls either side with 2 tall traceried
panels. C15 aisle roofs, the N one largely restored. Chancel has good
mid-C14 sedilia: 4 cinquefoiled arches with crocketed ogee gables.
Fittings: hexagonal wooden pulpit dated 1627; C15 traceried wooden
screen to Lady Chapel in E bay of S aisle; C19 replica font on early
octagonal base; C15 benches near Chancel. On N wall of W tower are
remarkable C14 graffiti: an inscription recording survival of citizens
of Ashwell during great plague and a drawing of Old St. Paul's
Cathedral, London. (Pevsner (1977)).
Listing NGR: TL2671039779
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