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St Mary Le Bow Heritage Centre

A Grade I Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7736 / 54°46'25"N

Longitude: -1.5745 / 1°34'28"W

OS Eastings: 427472

OS Northings: 542162

OS Grid: NZ274421

Mapcode National: GBR KFF7.XK

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.S8FT

Plus Code: 9C6WQCFG+F6

Entry Name: St Mary Le Bow Heritage Centre

Listing Date: 6 May 1952

Last Amended: 10 March 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1121424

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110304

Also known as: St Mary-le-Bow, Durham
Durham Heritage Centre and Museum

ID on this website: 101121424

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

Tagged with: Museum Redundant church Independent museum

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NZ 2742 SW (East side)

14/252 St. Mary le Bow
6/5/52 Heritage Centre
(formerly listed as
Church of St.Mary-


Parish church, now heritage centre. Circa 1685 rebuilding of medieval structure;
1702 tower; C19 repairs and restoration. Coursed squared sandstone with
ashlar plinth and dressings. West tower. 3-bay nave and narrower 2-bay chancel
with north organ chamber. Decorated chancel windows. Perpendicular east and
nave windows. 3-stage tower projects slightly and has chamfered round arch with
dropped keystone under drip mould; round-headed niche above has 2-centred-arched
drip mould; 2-light round-headed belfry openings; battlemented parapet. Stepped
buttresses, diagonal at corners with pinnacles; battlemented parapets to nave
and chancel.

Interior: plaster above high wainscoting with panels and dentilled cornice;
shallow C15 king-post roof trusses; battlemented frieze. Flat 4-centred chancel
arch springing from walls. Stone newel stair in tower. Chancel panelling of
1731 has Corinthian pilasters, cherubs' heads, crossed palms and modillioned
cornice. Panelled west gallery of 1742. Rood screen of 1707 has much leaf and
flower carving of high quality. Communion rail has fat turned balusters. Stall
ends have high relief passion-fruit and flower carving, and poppyheads. C18
font in chancel; C19 Frosterley marble font in west baptistry. Monuments
include marble slab with coat of arms of Thomas Wilkinson and members of his
family, died 1718 to 1733.

Chancery court bench, dated to reign of James I, originated in Palace Green.

Source: W. Page V.C.H. Durham III 1928, reprint 1968, 137-141.

Listing NGR: NZ2747242160

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