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Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Laindon Park, Essex

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Latitude: 51.5695 / 51°34'10"N

Longitude: 0.3844 / 0°23'3"E

OS Eastings: 565343

OS Northings: 188324

OS Grid: TQ653883

Mapcode National: GBR NL1.G0W

Mapcode Global: VHJKS.MT15

Plus Code: 9F32H99M+RP

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 4 July 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1122253

English Heritage Legacy ID: 112312

Location: Laindon Park, Basildon, Essex, CM13

County: Essex

District: Basildon

Electoral Ward/Division: Laindon Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Laindon St Nicholas with Dunton

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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717/5/54 CHURCH ROAD
Church of St Mary

Rebuilt in 1873 by W G Bartleet. Additions to north post-c1995

MATERIALS: Red brick with Bath stone dressings. Red clay tile roofs. Timber-clad bellcote with shingled spire.

PLAN: Nave, lower chancel, south porch, vestry (north), brick extension and conservatory to north.

EXTERIOR: The church was rebuilt in 1873 and the architect incorporated features from various medieval periods, perhaps mirroring the details of the earlier church. Thus the south-east bay of the chancel and that east of the porch have C13-style lancets, the chancel south-west bay a two-light C14 or C15 window under a square head, while the other windows mostly have Decorated flowing tracery of the early C14. The north-west bay of the chancel appears to incorporate Tudor brickwork. At the west end there is a square timber-clad bell-turret with plain, louvred single-light pointed openings. It is covered by a shingled splay-foot spire. Three dormer windows have been inserted on the north side since the building came into secular use.

INTERIOR: The interior has now been subdivided for residential use and the floor substantially raised. However, at the west end the (probably) C15 timbers supporting the belfry survive and include substantial arch braces to a tie-beam.

PRINCIPAL FIXTURES: The C19 pulpit, a plain Gothic Revival piece with pierced tracery panels remains.

HISTORY: The church was converted to residential use c1995. The architect for the 1873 rebuilding, William Gibbs Bartleet (1829-1906), was born in Handsworth (later part of Birmingham) and was articled to a London architect, John Walker until 1850. He then spent some time in an architect's office in Chichester. He was in independent practice by 1860. In 1891 he took his son into partnership.

Bettley, J and Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Essex, (2007) 117

The former Church of St Mary, Church Road, Dunton, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It is a mid-Victorian rebuilding which, despite conversion to residential use, retains much of its picturesque external character
* It incorporates medieval structural timbers at the west end

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