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Parish Church of St Mary Magdalen

A Grade I Listed Building in Ickleton, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.0729 / 52°4'22"N

Longitude: 0.1795 / 0°10'46"E

OS Eastings: 549474

OS Northings: 243858

OS Grid: TL494438

Mapcode National: GBR MBF.45J

Mapcode Global: VHHKX.2587

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary Magdalen

Listing Date: 22 November 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1128057

English Heritage Legacy ID: 53036

Location: Ickleton, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB10

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Ickleton

Built-Up Area: Ickleton

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Ickleton

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

(West Side)
21/243 Parish Church of
St Mary Magdalen
Parish church. Late C11 nave and arcades, clerestorey, north aisle and lower
part of tower. Late C13 or early C14 inserted arches to north and south of
central tower and transepts. Tower heightened c.1340. South aisle widened
and rebuilt with south transept. C14 south porch and upper clerestorey with
new nave roof. Spire added to tower. South porch, rebuilt with vaulted roof
late C14. Chancel rebuilt mid C15, north chapel and vestry added. C18
rebuilding; chancel rebuilt retaining C15 details in 1882-5. Restorations of
1908-9 of nave roof, 1935, and steeple repaired 1948. A fire in the south
transept in 1979 destroyed the roof but cleaning revealed Cl2 wall paintings
in the nave. Walls of field stones and rubble with Barnack limestone
dressings. Plain tiled roofs and lead covered aisle roofs and spire. Some
reused Roman bricks and flue tile, monolithic columns to nave arcade possibly
from earlier church. South elevation: Chancel with steep gabled roof; two
windows with vertical tracery and priest's doorway. Central tower of three
stages with octagonal broached spire with one of two original sanctus bells;
now chiming hours of clock. Middle stage with weathered courses of former
transept roofs. Timber-framed and plastered semi octagonal belfry stair with
plain tiled roof; belfry with deep continuous splayed string below window of
two trefoiled-ogee-lights with two-centred head; carved head cockets below
eaves cornice. South transept or chapel with low-pitched gable roof and C14
window of four cinquefoil-ogee-lights in two-centred arch. Nave clerestorey
with four round leaded lights. South aisle with two three-light and one
two-light C14 windows with cinquefoil lights in two-centred arches. C14
south doorway with two-centre arch and two wave-moulded orders, west window
of two cinquefoil-lights in two-centred arch. South porch Cl4 vaulted in
late C14 with carved bosses at apices of hollow-chamfered ridges. Interior:
Nave arcades of four bays with semi circular responds with cushion capitals
and moulded bases with spurs at their angles. The first and third piers are
monoliths. Tower arches; to east and west C13 two-centred, of three
chamfered orders springing from C11 responds each with two attached semi
circular shafts with cushion capitals and ovolo-moulded bases. Arch of south
aisle and transept C14, stilted two-centred with moulded responds caps and
bases. Roofs; restored C14 scissor-braced tussed-rafter nave roof with later
tie beams; south aisle restored lean-to roof of five bays with moulded tie
beams, short king posts and moulded purlin; south transept roof replaced
after fire c.1980. Piscina in chancel C15 with moulded jambs, and
cinquefoiled head. Niche C14 in south transept with moulded jambs and
cinquefoiled head and moulded label with finial and carved head stops. Font,
possibly C14, octagonal bowl with hollow-chamfered soffit, octagonal stem and
chamfered base. Tomb recess in south aisle C14. Screen, C15 of three bays.
Pews, restored poppy head bench ends. Monuments: In nave, to Mary wife of
John Hanchett 1796, Henry Hanchett 1795; south aisle to John Hanchett 1644
white marble tablet with urn and drapery above a shield; in chancel to Mary
wife of John Hanchett 1773 tablet with semi circular head and moulded cornice
shaped apron and shield of arms, to Zachary Brooke, D.D., 1788 and Susanna
his wife 1812 white marble plaque. Floor slabs, to Zachary Brooke, 1788
(once vicar and Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity), to Sarah wife of Thos
Hanchett 1716, to Sarah (Elleott) wife of Thos. Hanchett 1729, and Thos.
Hanchett, 1744, to Thos. Crud 1714, Anne Hanchett 1720, John Hanchett 1737,
Mary wife of John Hanchett 1721, Thos. Hanchett 1717 and Mary wife of John
Hanchett 1773 to Sara Cass 1737, Anne wife of John Hanchett 1733 and to Henry
Hanchett 1794. Royal Arms on painted canvas with moulded wooden frame in
north aisle. Wall paintings mid C12 true frescoes, arranged in two tiers
above with arcade, four passion scenes and three martyrdoms of St Peter, St
Andrew and St Laurence; C14 Doom painting over chancel arch with Christ and
the Virgin. Glass; C14 in south aisle windows and other fragments. Medieval
tiles reset in chancel. Tower clock dated 1855.
RCHM Report 1948
V.C.H., Vol. VI, Ickleton
Bristowe, R L Ickleton 1985
Pevsner: Buildings of England

Listing NGR: TL4947443858

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