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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Ault Hucknall, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.1822 / 53°10'55"N

Longitude: -1.302 / 1°18'7"W

OS Eastings: 446741

OS Northings: 365234

OS Grid: SK467652

Mapcode National: GBR 7CB.FND

Mapcode Global: WHDFQ.Z84T

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 8 July 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1109001

English Heritage Legacy ID: 79189

Location: Ault Hucknall, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44

County: Derbyshire

District: Bolsover

Civil Parish: Ault Hucknall

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Ault Hucknall St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

7/19 (North Side)
8.7.66 Church of St John the

Parish church. C11, C14, C15; Restored 1885-8 by William Butterfield. Coursed rubble
sandstone with sandstone dressings and quoins. Welsh slate roof with stone coped
gables. Chamfered plinth and moulded embattled parpapets. Nave and aisles, south
porch, crossing tower, chancel with south chapel and north vestry. The lean-to south
aisle has an embattled parapet with one crocketted finial. Four bays divided by
buttresses with three set-offs. Flat-arched west window of four round-arched lights.
Deep gabled porch has battlemented parapet with crocketted pinnacles. Diagonal
buttresses. Moulded four-centred arched entrance. To the right are three flat-
arched windows of four round-arched lights. Plainly chamfered four-centred arched
priests doorway. The chancel chapel continues similar but lower, and has one similar
window. Angle buttresses with a crocketted pinnacle. Similar window to the gabled
east elevation. The main east window is of 3-lights with bar tracery. C19 lean-to
north vestry with plain mullioned windows. The tower has flat-arched 2-light
recessed and chamfered mullion bell-openings in each direction. To the north is an
external flight of stone steps, ascending to a doorway with segmental pointed arch
and rectangular window above. Lean-to north aisle has a small rectangular window
and two pairs of trefoiled lancets dating from the C19 restoration. Norman lancet to
the west, its round-arched head with zigzag decoration. Clerestory has two small 2-
light recessed and chamfered mullion windows. Blocked Cll west doorway has an
incised lintel with a scene of George and the dragon. The tympanum above is incised
with a centaur (which may be St Margaret emerging from the body of the devil) on the
left, and the lamb and cross on the right. The interior of the porch has a pointed
tunnel vault on four chamfered ribs, and stone seats. Plain four-centred arched
doorway and pair of C19 doors. Interior: Two-bay C11 north arcade of plain
unmoulded round-arches and with chamfered impost bands. South arcade of two plus
one bays. The two bays have double-chamfered arches on a central octagonal pier
with bell capital, the responds on corbels. Further arch to the east is similar and
with moulded corbels on semi-octagonal responds. Depressed round-arched east tower
arch with re-assembled chevron and beakhead. Double-chamfered arch to the south
east chapel, its outer order dying into the imposts, the inner order on corbels. Low
doorway-like chancel arch, plain and round-arched. Double-chamfered arch from the
tower space to the chapel, the inner order on corbels. Chancel decoration by
Butterfield. Tiled sanctuary, altar rails with bold cusped circular motifs. Stone
reredos, tripartite, with coloured marbles and Hoptonwood stone centre panel. Pillar
piscina on a circular colonette. Monument in the chapel to Anne Keighley, wife of the
first Earl of Devonshire, dated 1627. Below the window. Big base with inscription
and exquisite foliage decoration. Cornice and a top like a hipped roof. On corbels
rising from below the cornice, five free-standing allegorical figures. On the floor infront of the monument is a black slab inscribed to Thomas Hobbes, the philosopher,
a protege of the Cavendishes, who died at Hardwick in 1679. Aumbry recess. Medieval
stained glass dated 1527 in the chapel east window, depicting the Crucifixion. Plain
robust pews, pulpit, choir stalls, readers desk etc, probably by Butterfield. Screen
between the south aisle and chapel, of intersecting round arches. Wooden eagle
lectern. C14 nave roof, with big tie-beams and coarse trefoil tracery above.
Sandstone and Hoptonwood stone font, given in 1887 and by Butterfield, with inlaid
circular motifs. Next to it is a plain circular font bowl. At the west end of the
nave are two benefaction boards. In the south aisle is a Dainted coat of arms and
charity board. Two C18 monuments in the north aisle, one a cartouche with date of
death 1703. In the aisle several C19 stained glass windows, and one in the north
aisle of 1933 by HHB of Nottingham.

Listing NGR: SK4674165233

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