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Church of Saint John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Greenfield, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.011 / 52°0'39"N

Longitude: -0.4579 / 0°27'28"W

OS Eastings: 505936

OS Northings: 235850

OS Grid: TL059358

Mapcode National: GBR G3J.YWQ

Mapcode Global: VHFQV.0QS7

Plus Code: 9C4X2G6R+9R

Entry Name: Church of Saint John the Baptist

Listing Date: 23 January 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113903

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37996

Location: Flitton and Greenfield, Central Bedfordshire, MK45

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Flitton and Greenfield

Built-Up Area: Greenfield

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Flitton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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14/9 Church of Saint John the
23.1.61 Baptist


Parish church. C15. Coursed ironstone rubble with ashlar dressings.
Chancel, nave, N and S aisles, S porch, W tower. De Grey family mausoleum
(see item 14/10) adjoins to NE, enclosing N and E elevations of chancel.
Embattled parapets throughout. Chancel: 3-light E window. Round-headed
archway to N elevation gives onto mausoleum. S elevation, rendered and
painted to combine with mausoleum, has 2 3-light 3-centred windows flanking
pointed-arched doorway. Nave: 3-bay pointed-arched arcades to both sides.
Chancel arch in same style. Clerestory has 3 2-light 4-centred windows to
each side. Rood staircase to SE angle forms external octagonal stair turret.
N aisle N elevation has 2 3-light 4-centred windows to E bays and blocked
pointed-archway doorway in square surround to W bay. Single-light window to 'd
elevation. S aisle: S elevation has 2 3-light early C16 windows with
straight-sided heads. 3-light E window. Pointed-arched S doorway. S porch:
pointed arch within square head, the tracery and shields within spandrels
reworked C20. W tower: 3 stages, with 4-stage diagonal buttresses to W angles
and semi-octagonal stair turret to SE angle. Bell-stage has 2-light windows
to each side. W elevation has 3-light window to lower stage. Interior:
variety of monuments. To chancel floor is brass to Thomas Hill, receiver
general to Earls of Kent, d.1628 aged 101. To N aisle N wall are 2 reset-
brasses, one to Eleanor Conquest, d.1434, other to Elizabeth Waren d.1544. To
N aisle E wall is brass inscription to Alice Hill, d.1594. Also numerous Cl8
marble wall monuments and floor slabs. Nave and aisles retain original roofs
with decorative basses and angels holding shields. Nave retains much original
pewing. Chancel N archway to mausoleum contains C18 wrought iron gate with
Kent initials incorportated into cresting.

Listing NGR: TL0593635850

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