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Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert

A Grade I Listed Building in Chester-le-Street, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.8559 / 54°51'21"N

Longitude: -1.5716 / 1°34'17"W

OS Eastings: 427603

OS Northings: 551316

OS Grid: NZ276513

Mapcode National: GBR KDG9.K2

Mapcode Global: WHC4B.T6TR

Plus Code: 9C6WVC4H+99

Entry Name: Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert

Listing Date: 29 July 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120955

English Heritage Legacy ID: 109374

Location: County Durham, DH3

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Chester-le-Street East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Chester-le-Street

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Chester-le-Street

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 25 SE
(East side)
4/27 Church of St. Mary
29/7/50 and St. Cuthbert

Large parish church. Mid C13 chancel, nave arcade, lower stage of tower and
possibly vestry; c.1383 anchorage extended in mid C16; c.1400 belfry and spire;
mid C16 east section of north aisle; 1742 porch; 1829 Lambton pew (chapel) by
Ignatius Bonomi; 1862 restorations (including new chancel arch). Squared
sandstone; ashlar porch and Lambton pew; graduated green slate roofs. Engaged
west tower with spire; aisled nave with south porch (porch now choir vestry),
anchorage in west bay of north aisle, Lambton pew on site of north transept;
chancel with north vestry. Early English and Decorated; Gothick porch.

West tower: square lower stage with pointed doorway, 3-light window and twin
lancets, flanked by buttress and stair turret; octagonal belfry has bell
openings with Y-tracery and embattled parapet; very tall, slender octagonal
spire. 6-bay nave with high-pitched roof. Buttressed south aisle on grave-
slab footings; original 2-light window at west; pointed 2-order doorway in
porch. North aisle: some Decorated and Perpendicular windows; similar doorway;
2 blocked pointed arches of demolished transept (third arch on chancel wall).
Aisles have moulded plinths and low pent roofs. 4-bay chancel: 2 plate-tracery
windows on south; east end has clasping buttresses and 1877 window; high-pitched
roof. 2-storey anchorage under pent roof: cross window and single light (cut
from one slab) on west; chamfered doorway and window on extension. Vestry
under steep pent roof: Tudor-arched doorway; 2-light mullioned window with
arched lights; diagonal buttress. Gabled Lambton pew has 4-light window and
stone stairway on west. Porch: pointed doorway beneath stepped embattled
gable; blank cinquefoil-headed windows on returns.

Interior. Double-chamfered pointed tower arches on 3-shaft responds. Similar
5-bay nave arcade on cylindrical piers with octagonal caps (2 west bays slightly
later). Opening and squint on anchorage wall. South aisle: west end Baptistery
with C15 font and ecclesiastical effigy; east end former chantry chapel with
piscina and aumbry. North aisle: 14 effigies (5 are genuine) installed c.1595
by John Lord Lumley; six C16-17 Lumley wall monuments. Chancel: double-chamfered
1862 arch; late C13 trefoil-headed piscina and 3-seat sedilia on south; one
south window has 2-order rear-arch with nailhead (colonnettes missing); 1883
rood screen, pulpit and choir stalls; 1927 reredos, panelling and Bishop's
throne by Sir Charles Nicholson; three 1927 painted panels (Journey of St.
Cuthbert's body) by A.K. Nicholson. Sculptural fragments, including grave slabs,
in porch, anchorage and tower. Mid C19 roofs.

(I. Bunting and J. Brewster, A guide to the Parish Church, Chester-le-Street,

Listing NGR: NZ2760051315

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