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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Wistow, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.4119 / 52°24'42"N

Longitude: -0.1215 / 0°7'17"W

OS Eastings: 527869

OS Northings: 280976

OS Grid: TL278809

Mapcode National: GBR K34.L4C

Mapcode Global: VHGLJ.VM4Y

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 30 May 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1128371

English Heritage Legacy ID: 54228

Location: Wistow, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE28

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire

Civil Parish: Wistow

Built-Up Area: Wistow

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Wistow St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

Church of St John the
TL 28 SE 1/24 30.5.58
Parish Church. C14 part of south wall of chancel and part of south wall of south aisle.
Late C15 or early C16 nave, chancel, north and south aisle. Mid-late C16 west tower of
Barnack stone and rubblestone. Of three stages with moulded plinth and embattled parapet.
Three stage diagonal buttressing. One to south-west corner with small corbel to first
stage. Each wall of bell chamber has two four-centred lights in square heads with
moulded labels. Second stage of south wall has small loop window in pointed head. West
window restored. Three four-centred lights in square head with moulded label. West
doorway in three-centred arch with square head. Newel stair in north-east angle with
two loop windows. Nave of pebble-rubble with Barnack stone dressings. Moulded parapet
and gable end parapet. Large grotesque gargoyles. Each side of clerestory has two pairs
of two cinquefoil light windows with vertical tracery in four-centred head. Moulded
string course carried over windows as label. South aisle mainly pebble-rubble with some
stone, and coursed Barnack stone in south-west part of south wall. Moulded stone parapet
With two grotesque gargoyles. Two stage diagonal buttressing. South doorway of two
chamfered orders in two centred head with moulded label, part restored. Two octagonal
projections with pyramidal tops flank doorway. C14 door and ironwork restored. Modern
gabled porch. Window in east wall of three cinquefoil lights with vertical tracery in
four-centred head with moulded label terminating in grotesque beast stops. One similar
window in south wall. West window similar but of two lights. C18 sundial on south wall.
North aisle of pebble-rubble and some freestone with Barnack dressings. Embattled stone
parapet with merlons removed. Three beast and grotesque gargoyles. Two stage diagonal
buttressing. North doorway with hollow moulded jambs in two-centred arch with roll
moulded label. Repaired C14 door of feathered battens with original ironwork. One window
of three cinquefoil lights with vertical tracery in four-centred head with moulded label
to each of west, north and east walls. Chancel mainly of pebble-rubble, some freestone.
Barnack stone dressings. C12 fragments of earlier building in north wall. Stone parapet
with gargoyles at north-east and south-east corners. Two stage diagonal buttressing.
East window of four cinquefoil lights with vertical tracery with moulded label terminating
in mast and grotesque stops. One similar window but of three lights in north wall of
chancel. South wall of chancel has one similar window and one C14 window of two trefoil
ogee lights in square head with window continued below transome. One C14 small doorway
in pointed arch. C19 door. Staircase turret of rood loft with pyramidal roof of
octagonal form.
Interior: West tower arch of two hollow moulded orders in two-centred arch. Responds
with attached shafts terminating in moulded capitals. Nave of two bays. Two-centred
arches of two moulded orders, outer continuous. inner on attached shafts with moulded
capitals carved with paterae. Moulded labels with grotesque beast stops. Moulded bases.
Chancel arch similar to nave arches. Roof of nave modern with four late C15 or early
C16 king-post roof trusses on carved stone corbels. Moulded tie beams. Carved figures
to wall posts of main tie beams and ends of intermediate tie beams. C19 chancel interior,
except for late C15 or early C16 piscinae and sediliae. C15 tower arch screen, upper
part originally part of rood screen, lower modern. Late C15 or early C16 porches screening
south aisle, with modern restoration. C13 stone font. Octagonal tapering bowl on
central stem with two round and two octagonal subsidiary shafts with moulded capitals and
bases. C15 stained glass in west window of south aisle, originally in east window of
chancel. "The Annunciation"; "The Resurection". C15 poppy head pew ends incorporated
into modern reading desk. Late C17 marble wall monument above south doorway. Corinthian
columns supporting entablature with hour glasses, vase and cherubs' heads.
(RCIiI4 Huntingdonshire p,293).

Listing NGR: TL2786980976

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