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Parish Church of St Margaret

A Grade I Listed Building in Margaret Roding, Essex

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Latitude: 51.7838 / 51°47'1"N

Longitude: 0.3167 / 0°19'0"E

OS Eastings: 559897

OS Northings: 211997

OS Grid: TL598119

Mapcode National: GBR NHF.2X3

Mapcode Global: VHHMB.FFSD

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Margaret

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 352785

Location: Margaret Roding, Uttlesford, Essex, CM6

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: Margaret Roding

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Margaret Roding

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


5/43 Parish Church of St.


Nave late C12, chancel late C14, restored C19. Vestry added and bell-cote added
or rebuilt C19. Flint-rubble (cement rendered on E wall) with dressings of
limestone and clunch roofed with slate. The chancel, with diagonal buttresses,
has a moulded internal string course. The three-light E window is C19 except
the internal splays, rear-arch and label, which are late C14 or early Cl5. There
are no windows in the N wall. In the S wall are 2 late C14 windows each of 3
trefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a two-centred head, both partly restored,
with moulded jambs and two-centred arch, with the internal string-course mitred
round the three-sided rear-arch. The C14 or C15 chancel-arch has chamfered
responds and a four-centred arch of 2 chamfered orders. The lower parts of the
responds were said by the RCHM to be of C12 stones re-set.
The nave has in the N wall 3 C12 windows each of a single round-headed light.
The westernmost has early wrought ironwork and leaded plain glass. Between the
2 western windows is the C12 N doorway with a semi-circular arch and jambs
enriched with a vertical line of diaper ornament; the tympanum is C19. In
the S wall are 3 C12 windows, the easternmost of 2 cinquefoiled lights with
vertical tracery in a two-centred head, partly restored. The 2 western windows
are round-headed, with 3 circular ornaments cut in the head of each. Between
these windows is the C12 S doorway of 3 orders; the 2 outer orders have shafts
with scalloped capitals, chamfered abaci and moulded bases to the inner shafts;
the outer shaft has zigzag fluting and on the face of the wall adjoining are
squares of diaper ornament; the inner order has 2 shafts worked on the inner
face; the 2 middle orders of the semi-circular arch have chevron ornament and
the outer order has billets and diaper-work; the tympanum with a segmental
soffit has lozenge-shaped panels of diaper-work. The lower quoin-stones of
the S wall have diaper ornament partly restored. In the W wall is a window of
2 round-headed lights which the RCHM considered to be C18, but Persner says may be
C17, and above it a C12 round-headed window, rebated externally.

The roof of the chancel is C19, scissor-braced and probably reproducing the
original form, incorporating original ashlar-pieces on the S side. There are
2 moulded tiebeams, late C14, and moulded wallplates finished with carved floral
basses against the E wall, late C14. The nave roof is C19, incorporating ashlar-
pieces most of which are original, 2 straight tiebeams with plain square
crownposts and curved axial braces, hollow-chamfered and step-stopped wallplates,
all C15.

On the E wall of the chancel is a decayed stone corbel of a man's head; in the SE
corner a piscina with two-centred head and moulded label with finial, and
octfoiled drain, late C14. In the N wall a recess with low ogee arch, foiled
near springing, moulded label with crockets, finial and stop of a woman's head
(much decayed), late C14, possibly for a monument to the builder of the chancel.
In the recess of the SE window, sedilia with 3 bays of obtuse trefoiled arcading
on 2 head corbels, the S one reported by the RCHM to be of a bishop but now
barely identifiable, late C14.

Both doors are C19, but re-using restored ironwork with hatched surface and
foliated ends, c.1200. The font is octagonal, with a panelled bowl with
quatrefoils in circles, enclosing blank shields, panelled and traceried stem and
moulded base, late C14. There are fragments and quarries of late C14 glass in
the S window of the chancel, RCHM 1.

Listing NGR: TL5989711997

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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