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Church of Saint John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.1309 / 52°7'51"N

Longitude: -0.1662 / 0°9'58"W

OS Eastings: 525616

OS Northings: 249653

OS Grid: TL256496

Mapcode National: GBR J57.6T4

Mapcode Global: VHGMW.2PGT

Entry Name: Church of Saint John the Baptist

Listing Date: 31 October 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114107

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38491

Location: Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley, Central Bedfordshire, SG19

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Cockayne Hatley

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

6/122 Church of Saint John the
31.10.66 Baptist
- I
Parish church. C13, C14 and C15, restored 1823-30. Rubble walls, a mixture
of cobbles and ironstone. Ashlar dressings. Chancel, nave, N and S aisles, W
tower. Embattled parapets throughout. Chancel: rebuilt C14, shortened C19.
C19 pointed-arched 3-light E window. N and S elevations each have a C15 2-
light window with 4-centred head. S elevation has blocked pointed-arched
doorway. Pointed chancel arch, reworked C19. Nave: 4-bay pointed-arched
arcades to both sides, N one later C13 with round columns, S one C14 with
octagona columns. C15 clerestory has 3 windows to each side, all of 2 lights
and square-headed. N aisle: C13, reworked C15. 2-light- 4-centred arched E
window. N elevation has 3 3-light square-headed windows with restored
reticulated tracery. Pointed-arched doorway reset from C15 S porch
(demolished C19), with carved spandrels under square head. S aisle: C14,
reworked C19. E elevation has blocked 2-light window with 4-centred head. S
elevation has 3 square-headed 3-light windows with C19 reticulated tracery.
Blocked C14 pointed-arched doorway, partly below external ground level. W
tower: C15. 4 stages, with octagonal stair turret to NE angle. Bell-stage
has pairs of tall ogee-headed windows to each side. 3rd stage has small
single lights to 2 sides. 2nd stage has 3-light pointed-arched window to W
elevation. Below this to ground stage is 4-centred arched doorway. Parapet
has C19 pinnacles to angles. Interior: roofs replaced early C19. Nave roof
dated 1820 but has imported C15 angel figures to tie beams. C15 octagonal
font, carving apparently C19. N aisle E window contains C14 glass, brought
from Yorkshire, showing St Edward, St Oswald, St Dunstain and St Sebald. S
aisle has polychrome marble wall monument to Sir Patrick Hume, 1627, showing
kneeling figures of husband and wife facing each other across a prayer-desk.
Nave has brasses to a knight c.1430, a lady c.1490, to Edward Cockayne and
wife Elizabeth, 1525, and to William Cokyn, 1527 and 2 wives. Important
collection of ornate Baroque woodwork, mainly Flemish, brought by Henry Cust,
Lord of the Manor, in the 1820's. This includes communion rail and tower
gallery rail from Malines, tower arch screen from Louvain, N aisle screen from
St Baron at Ghent, and stalls and stall backs dated 1689 from Aulne Abbey near

Listing NGR: TL2561649653

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