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Church of St Mary and Corpus Christi

A Grade II* Listed Building in Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9007 / 51°54'2"N

Longitude: -2.1934 / 2°11'36"W

OS Eastings: 386787

OS Northings: 222484

OS Grid: SO867224

Mapcode National: GBR 1KN.XYS

Mapcode Global: VH945.XHS7

Entry Name: Church of St Mary and Corpus Christi

Listing Date: 10 January 1955

Last Amended: 12 August 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1153578

English Heritage Legacy ID: 134141

Location: Down Hatherley, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL2

County: Gloucestershire

District: Tewkesbury

Civil Parish: Down Hatherley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Down Hatherley St Mary and Corpus Christi

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text


6/21 Church of St. Mary and Corpus



Anglican parish church. C15 Perpendicular tower otherwise rebuilt
c1860 by Fulljames and Waller of Gloucester. Tower, coursed,
squared and dressed limestone, church otherwise coursed, rock-faced
limestone. Plan; nave and south aisle with projecting porch,
chancel with vestry and organ chamber on south, west tower. Two-
stage west tower with diagonal buttresses, plinth with moulded
capping, moulded string between stages. C19 plank door west wall
with decorative strap hinges, 'Tudor'-arched 3-light window with
Perpendicular tracery, moulded surround and stopped hood over. 2-
light belfry windows with 'Tudor'-arched surrounds and stone
louvres in all 4 faces of tower. Embattlemented parapet with
moulded string below and gargoyles at each corner. Scratch sundial
high up on south-east buttress. Buttressed nave lit by four 2-
light C19 windows with tracery and hoods with carved head stops.
Chancel south wall; one single and one 2-light window in
rectangular surrounds with quatrefoils at the top of each light.
Three-light pointed east window with tracery and hood with head
stops. C19 plank door in pointed surround in north wall of vestry,
3 trefoil-headed lights right. Single lights with trefoil heads
lighting south wall of vestry and organ chamber respectively.
Buttressed south aisle, single pointed windows with tracery and
hoods with head stops left and right of porch. Circular window
high up at east end of south aisle with tracery based on 5-pointed
star; small trefoil light high up in west gable-end. Projecting
porch with open trefoil-headed timber arch at entrance, slab seats
along inside walls. Church roof; slightly stepped gable-end coping
with triangular kneelers. Cross saddles on vestry, chancel and
nave, cross finial in addition on chancel and formerly also on
Interior: pointed chancel arch with ballflower decoration; 4-bay
nave arcade with circular piers each with 4 engaged columns with
foliate capitals. Tall pointed double-chamfered C15 arch to west
tower now blocked C19 wooden screen. Plank door within pointed
flat-chamfered surround with hood with foliate stops from chancel
to vestry. Plain tile floor in nave and south aisle, similar
flooring in chancel with some decorative encaustic tiles below
sanctuary. Decorative encaustic tiling in sanctuary. C19 arch-
braced hammer-beam roof to nave with stone corbels decorated with
naturalistic foliate carving. Arch-braced roof to chancel with
engaged projecting colonette supports with carved angel or foliate
decoration. Fittings; small circular late Tudor lead font,
probably originally of larger diameter with raised acanthus, star,
sun and lozenge decoration, C19 sandstone base with foliate
decoration, circular wooden C19 lid with upstanding wrought iron
decoration. Early wooden chest with 3 locks and later lid west of
font. Octagonal stone pulpit with circular roundels outlined with
crocketed decoration, and panels finely carved floral or leaf
decoration. Monuments; memorial to Sir Matthew Wood, Baronet
M.P., of Hatherley House, (q.v. Hatherley Court Hotel), died 1843
and Dame Maria his wife set back in trefoil-headed niches right of
altar, freestanding marble column on left between memorial and
adjacent window. Monuments: hatchment at west end of nave, two
hatchments in tower from the funeral of Sir Matthew Wood and four
monuments removed, to tower during C19 rebuilding. Top left;
monument to Elizabeth Bathurst Gibbs, died 1763, white marble on
cream background with triangular pediment containing heraldic
shield, urn at apex. Top right, late C17 monument to Hester Evans,
wife of Henry Brett of Hatherley and other members of the Brett
family, limestone with heraldic cherubs head with oval plaque at
bottom. Monument lower left to Louisa Woodbridge Turner, died
1821, marble with urn in relief against grey background above.
Monument lower right to Thomas Loveday, died 1804. Small white
oval plaque on black background. C19 stained glass in memory of
members of the Maddy family in chancel, two stained glass windows
in nave. (David Verey, The Buildings of England; Gloucestershire:
The Vale and the Forest of Dean, 1980).

Listing NGR: SO8678722484

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