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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Danbury, Essex

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Latitude: 51.7166 / 51°42'59"N

Longitude: 0.5743 / 0°34'27"E

OS Eastings: 577930

OS Northings: 205119

OS Grid: TL779051

Mapcode National: GBR PKW.81W

Mapcode Global: VHJK9.W3ZX

Plus Code: 9F32PH8F+JP

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 10 April 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1122201

English Heritage Legacy ID: 112484

Location: Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Danbury

Built-Up Area: Danbury

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Danbury St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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719/29/60 Church of St John
the Baptist

10.04.67 I

A stone rubble church with stone dressings with a square west tower with a castellated parapet, outer diagonal buttresses and a shingled spire set back behind the parapet, considerably restored. The roof is tiled. The church is possibly of C 12 origin but the earliest part of the present church is the base of the north arcade which is circa 1233. The nave, south arcade and west tower are of the C14. The steeple was first built in the C15. The church was extensively restored by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1866 and again in 1952 after bomb damage in 1941. The roof of the north aisle is of the C 14 and has a castellated wall plate carved with effigies of Kings and Queens of the period, probably the Edwards. There is a squint from the north aisle of the chancel. 4 of the back pews in the nave, (north side) are original, with poppy heads and carved with various beasts on the shoulders. The remaining pews are copies by Sir G G Scott. The north aisle has 4 late C 13 windows with 2 arched recesses below containing oak effigies of Knights in armour with crossed legs indicating either crusaders or church builders. The armour suggests a date between 1272 and 1307. An effigy in the south aisle is of a slightly later date. They probably represent members of the St Clere family who endowed the church and rebuilt the north aisle. The gallery to the bell platform has a railing of circa 1600, part of the Jacobean altar rail removed from the church during the Commonwealth, (RCHM 1 ).
6790 (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England), An Inventory of Essex South
East, 1923, Vol4

Listing NGR: TL7793005119

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