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Latitude: 51.4828 / 51°28'58"N
Longitude: -1.2391 / 1°14'20"W
OS Eastings: 452932
OS Northings: 176260
OS Grid: SU529762
Mapcode National: GBR 927.ZHB
Mapcode Global: VHCZ0.GZSN
Entry Name: Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 24 November 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1135735
English Heritage Legacy ID: 39929
Location: Hampstead Norreys, West Berkshire, RG18
County: West Berkshire
Civil Parish: Hampstead Norreys
Built-Up Area: Hampstead Norreys
Traditional County: Berkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire
Church of England Parish: Hampstead Norreys
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
HAMPSTEAD NORREYS CHURCH STREET
SU 57 NW (South side)
9/20 Church of St. Mary
Parish church. C12, mostly rebuilt C13, extended and tower added C15,
nave roof dated 1635; restored, largely internally in 1880 when the vestry
and chancel arch were added by Arthur Baker. Roughcast and flint with
stone dressings, old tile roof, the western part of the nave has a
higher ridge. Nave, chancel, north vestry, organ chamber, north porch
and west tower. Tower:- 2 stages divided by moulded string courses;
plinth, C19 embattled parapet and western angled buttresses extended
to nearly half the height of the second stage. On the west and south,
below the first string course, are small windows with pointed heads, one
on each face. On the west wall is a late C15 doorway with a 4-centred
arch under a square head and an old planked door with plain iron hinges.
Above it is a late C15 3-light window with tracery and a 2-centred head.
In the north face of the bell chamber is a window of 2 trefoiled lights,
with a 4-centred head. 2-light windows with 2-centred heads on the west
and south faces. There is a rectangular stair turret on the north side
reaching to the first stage. Nave; north side:- two C13 lancet windows
in the east end, the first with a chalk head; the third and fourth
windows are C19. Between the 2 lancet windows is a C12 doorway in a C15
porch, with chamfered jambs and a semi-circular arch, moulded abacus and
a double billet moulded label. Nave; south side:- at the east end at
high level, a small C15 trefoiled ogee light inserted to give light to
the former rood loft. Further west are two 2-light C19 windows and a
C12 doorway now blocked, with a semi-circular arch. Chancel:-two C13
lancet windows on the east wall and a restored plan lancet in the north
wall; to the west of this is a C19 vestry doorway. On the south wall are
2 single lights, and between them a C13 priest's doorway, now blocked.
Interior:- early C17 6 bay double trenched purlin roof to nave, with arch
race collars, moulded pendants and scissor bracing above collar. A
3 bay early C15 double trenched purlin roof over chancel with arch braced
collars and curved wind braces; the easternmost bray a planked barrel roof
with cusped ribs, probably C19. The chancel arch is C19 with foliated
capitals. At the east end of the north wall of the nave are the remaining
stairs to the former rood loft. Near the west jamb of the north doorway,
is a deep aumbry with rebated jambs and a bolt hole, and a damaged piscina
on the south wall of the nave at the east end. Beside the C19 font, is an
earlier marble font on a fluted shaft, which was given by Mr.Benj.
Matthews in 1768. Fixed against the blocked south doorway, is an early
C13 carved stone knight on horseback in low relief, contained in a glass
case. To the east of this is a C13 wall painting of our lady.
V.C.H. Yol.lll p.78 B.0.E. (Berkshire) p.150.
Listing NGR: SU5293376254
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