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Church of St Lawrence

A Grade II* Listed Building in Waltham Saint Lawrence, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead

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Latitude: 51.4856 / 51°29'8"N

Longitude: -0.8067 / 0°48'24"W

OS Eastings: 482950

OS Northings: 176971

OS Grid: SU829769

Mapcode National: GBR D6T.T05

Mapcode Global: VHDWP.YXWH

Plus Code: 9C3XF5PV+68

Entry Name: Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 25 March 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1117515

English Heritage Legacy ID: 40983

Location: Waltham St. Lawrence, Windsor and Maidenhead, RG10

County: Windsor and Maidenhead

Civil Parish: Waltham St. Lawrence

Built-Up Area: Waltham St Lawrence

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Waltham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SU 8276-8376 (north end)
20/1 Church of St Lawrence
G.V. II*

Parish church. Dates from C11, aisles added C12; chancel and chancel aisles
C13; west tower built early C14, south chancel aisle extended mid C14 with a
gabled projection to form a chapel; tower heightened in C16. Restored, and
south porch added 1847, south wall of south chapel rebuilt in 1847, 1888, and
again in 1906. Chalk, limestone and flint, mostly covered with roughcast; old
tile gabled and coped tile roofs. 3-bay chancel, 4-bay nave, north and south
aisles, north and south chancel aisles, now chapels; vestry on north of north
chapel; west tower; south porch. Tower: flint with stone dressings. 2 stages
with a chamfered plinth and a C19 brick toothed and embattled parapet. 2
diagonal buttresses of 2 offsets at west end rising to bell chamber. Octagonal
stair turret in south east angle. The west doorway is a C16 insertion with a
4-centred head within a square, containing moulding, and restored jambs. Above
the doorway is a restored early C14 window with 3 trefoiled lights and cusped
intersecting tracery. Above this, a C19 trefoiled light. The bell chamber has
two 4-centred lights in each wall; the 2 on the east are blocked and covered by
a clock face. Nave, south side: three C19 windows; between the 2nd and 3rd is
a pointed and moulded C14 doorway with a label mould. Porch to left has a
pointed entrance and diagonal buttresses at the angles; roof trusses are C19
supported on C14 moulded corbels. Nave, north side: 3 windows, each of 2
trefoiled lights and a quatrefoil under a pointed head. The 2 easternmost are
C14 restored, the western window is C19. Between the second and third windows
is a C13 doorway with pointed head and a continuous external chamfer, and a C19
hood mould. A C19 trefoiled light in the west wall. Chancel: south chapel has
large C19 window with C19 pointed doorway to the left. East end: east window
with pointed head and C19 oculus above; south chapel has 2 late C14 windows of
2 trefoiled lights with tracery under square heads; north chapel has late C14
window of 3 trefoiled lights and quatrefoiled spandrels under a square head.
Interior: the north arcade of the nave is 4 bays. The 2 pointed eastern arches
are early C14 on an octagonal pier and responds, with moulded caps and bases.
The western arches are round of one square order with a similar pier and
responds, and with a quirked and hollow chamfered abaci. The south arcade is
similar but the abaci of the third bay are scalloped. Opening into the north
chapel from the chancel, is a pointed arch springing from a semi-octagonal
respond with moulded caps and bases and on the west side of this are traces of a
blocked, pointed rood doorway. In the south wall of the chancel is a pointed
arch similar to that in the north wall. The chancel arch is pointed, the outer
order dying into the side walls and the inner one carried on C19 corbels. On
the south wall of the north chapel is a trefoiled piscina with projecting basin
and between the chapel and the north aisle is a C14 flying arch of 2 orders.
The hexagonal pulpit is C19 in Jacobean style, the panelled and enriched back
supporting the sounding board is early C17 and bears a shield with the date 1619
and the initials 'P.F.' The stone octagonal font is C15 and has traceried
panelling. Monuments: an elaborate marble mural monument on the north wall of
the north chapel to Sir Henry Neville, d. 1593, and his wife, Elizabeth, d.
1573. The upper part is divided into 2 panels by Corinthian columns which
support an entablature. In a niche in the west wall of the south aisle, is a
marble urn on a circular base, to Katherine, d. 1658, daughter of Sir Anthony
Thomas. On the west wall of the north aisle, a small white marble, oval tablet
erected by Samuel Lewis of 'Jamaica in America' in memory of his wife, Dorothy,
d. 1687, and her sister, Mrs. Margaret Massey, d. 1681. Glass: east window by
Wailes, c. 1847. West window by Kempe 1877. One window in north aisle signed
by M. Schneider of Regensburg 1866.

V.C.H. Vol.III. p.181-183 with illustrations. B.O.E. (Berkshire) p.251.

Listing NGR: SU8295076971

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