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Church of St Mary the Less

A Grade II Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7718 / 54°46'18"N

Longitude: -1.5765 / 1°34'35"W

OS Eastings: 427339

OS Northings: 541955

OS Grid: NZ273419

Mapcode National: GBR KFF8.G7

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.RBG7

Plus Code: 9C6WQCCF+P9

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Less

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1121335

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110498

ID on this website: 101121335

Location: Durham, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 2741 NW, 16/440
(West side)

Church of St Mary the Less



Parish church, now college chapel. C12 rebuilt 1846-7 by Pickering,
incorporating some original material. Irregularly-coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar quoins and dressings; Welsh slate roof with stone gable copings.
Nave and south porch; chancel. Neo-Norman style. 4-bay nave has shallow porch
in second bay: round-headed double door in shafted surround with chevron
moulding under steeply-pitched gable with moulded kneelers. 3 large round-
headed windows have shafts with cushion capitals; sill string; bracketed eaves.
2-bay chancel has moulded surrounds and head-stopped dripmoulds to round-headed
windows, that at left smaller and transferred from original church. Large
round-headed east and west windows. West bellcote has 2 round arches under

Memorial slabs built into south wall under first window to right of porch:
(Frosterley marble) to Dorothy and Frances Carnaby (died 1684 and 1692) and
to right of that, Joan Lever wife of Cuthbert (died 1669).

Interior: plaster above-boarded dado, which has battlemented top, in nave;
chancel plaster above C17 carved panelling which has cherubs' heads, Gothic
tracery and pinnacles. Head corbels support arch-braced collar and king-post
roof, with stencilled stars painted on chancel ceiling. Chancel arch
incorporates chevron moulding and is flanked by 2 lower segments set in wall.
Door has roll-moulded chevron surround; lozenge-moulded drip string on griffin
stops; diaper pattern in panel above to gable. Shouldered- arched
north vestry, door under mandorla with seated Christ and symbols of Evangelists.
Cross-slab in south wall with interlaced 8-arm cross and sword. Painted wood
memorial panels to members of Butler family died 1708 and 1710; and to John
Butler - 'a zealous protestant' - died 1597. Large dark funeral hatchment
over chancel arch. Gothic memorial at west end to Martin Dunn, mayor, died

Listing NGR: NZ2733941955

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