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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.8617 / 51°51'42"N

Longitude: -0.5927 / 0°35'33"W

OS Eastings: 497004

OS Northings: 219061

OS Grid: SP970190

Mapcode National: GBR F3Z.6YW

Mapcode Global: VHFRJ.PG0N

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 18 October 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1117908

English Heritage Legacy ID: 42010

Location: Edlesborough, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, LU6

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Edlesborough

Built-Up Area: Eaton Bray

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Eaton Bray with Edlesborough

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


5/29 Church of St. Mary

- I

Parish church. C13 nave and aisles with later C13 chancel, C14 windows
and W. tower, C15 clerestory, N. chapel and porches. Restored after
fire of 1828 and later. Tower and chancel are of worn ashlar, part rendered,
with nave and aisles of dressed stone and flint. Some repairs in brick.
Battlemented parapets, C20 to chancel. Lead roofs. W. tower is of
2 stages with angle buttresses and octagonal stair turret to S.W. corner.
Paired 2-light traceried windows to bell-chamber, and cusped lancet to
W. side. N. and S. sides also have small intermediate buttresses. Nave
has 4-bay clerestory of 2-light traceried windows, the tracery renewed
C20. 3 similar windows to S. aisle which also has double chamfered doorway
with 2- centred arch, and 2-light cusped window with flat head to E. S.
porch has similar arch and plain parapet. Projection for rood-loft stairs
in angle with chancel has small quatrefoil light. N. aisle is similar
but has C15 window of 3 transomed and cusped lights in segmental head
to N. of E. bay, and small light with 4-centred head in W. bay. N. porch
has 4 cusped lights to each side. 5-light cusped window with 4-centred
head to N. of N. chapel. Chancel has 2 windows with restored geometric
tracery, 2-light to N., large 5-light window to E. S. side has 3
Perpendicular windows of 3 cusped lights with 4-centred heads, and small
arched door. Interior: triple-chamfered tower arch on semi-octagonal piers
with moulded caps. Nave has 4-bay arcades of double chamfered arches on
similar piers, the piers between W. bays with plain pilasters to sides.
Traces of another arcaded bay to W. Spandrels have C19 paintings of
angels, with Christ in Glory over chancel arch. S. wall of nave has
4-centred arch to rood-loft. Aisle bays are divided by moulded stone
arches. N. aisle also has small recess in W. wall, blocked cusped niche
in N. wall, and double chamfered arch to N. chapel, now vestry. S. aisle
has blocked 4-centred arch to W., ogee piscina, tall narrow ogee niche to
right of E. window, and remains of rood-loft stairs. Wide 2-centred
moulded arch to chancel, another between chancel and vestry. Interior
of N. and E. chancel windows have moulded arches on slender shafts.
Trefoil-headed piscina, partly cusped. Sedile with 4-centred arch. Fine
C15 roofs throughout, with moulded beams. Nave roof has braced tie beams
on castellated corbels, chancel roof also braced with traceried spandrels
on carved head corbels. Very fine C15 fittings include: octagonal stone
font with quatrefoil panels, the cover renewed but retaining C15 carved
wooden finial; splendid octagonal wooden pulpit partly restored, the side
panels with small crocketted canopies, and tall sounding board with
rib-vaulted soffit and upper tiers much enriched with blind tracery and
finials; screen, partly restored and repainted, with open traceried
panels and rood-loft on wooden fan vault to E.; choir stalls with
traceried front panels and poppyhead bench ends, those against screen with
carved misericords and arm-rests. Other fittings include a C17 table
with turned balusters, 2 C17 chests and a C19 reredos of glazed tiles in
traceried panels. Brasses to John Rufford and three wives 1540, to John
Swynstede, priest, 1395, tablet to John Killingworth 1412, and brass rose,
all in N. aisle. Brass to Henry Brugis and wife 1647 in slab with Ionic
pilasters in N. chapel. Marble wall tablet to Margaret Bayley and
Margaret Theed 1700-1, with cornice, urn and swags, and cherub heads to

RCHM II p.106-109.

Listing NGR: SP9700119062

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