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Parish Church of St Nicholas (Church of England)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Great Munden, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8997 / 51°53'59"N

Longitude: -0.0317 / 0°1'54"W

OS Eastings: 535519

OS Northings: 224185

OS Grid: TL355241

Mapcode National: GBR K9F.YLJ

Mapcode Global: VHGP3.DJL0

Plus Code: 9C3XVXX9+V8

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Nicholas (Church of England)

Listing Date: 24 January 1967

Last Amended: 24 January 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1173651

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161299

Location: Great Munden, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Great Munden

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: The Mundens

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Great Munden
(north side)

11/7 Parish Church of
St Nicholas
24.1.67 (C of E)
(Formerly listed under rural district
GV of Ware)

Parish church. Early C12 nave and chancel, mid C14 S aisle, late
C15 W tower and chancel arch. Restoration 1865-6 by George and
Henry Godwin renewed arcade. S porch 1874 (replacing C16 brick
porch shown in 1832 drawing by J C Buckler) repaired 1929. Flint
rubble with flint facing and stone dressings. Pudding stone base
course to tower. Steep old red tile roof to chancel and timber S
porch. Low-pitched nave roof now slated. Copper roof to S aisle
and small spire. Original C12 features include round arched N
door (blocked) with external colonettes, cushion capitals and
bowtel moulded arch; N jamb of chancel arch with round shafts to
each angle,volute capital with grotesque face, and chamfered
impost surviving in chancel; and small round-headed N window in
chancel with deep internal splays. A Norman arch is said to be
covered over in N side of chancel. Wide S aisle c1350, probably
built as a burial place by the de Boys family, has a 3-bay arcade
with octagonal piers (restored), fine Dec windows to E (3-light)
and W (2-light), 2 wide ogee headed tomb-recesses and a piscina
in the S wall, an early C15 panelled stone reredos with ogee
headed niches and embattled moulding, 2 3-light windows in the S
wall (restored) and S door with 2 moulded orders. The nave has a
C14 doorway into the W tower, a C15 image niche on the N wall
crocketted and finialled with traces of painting, 3 C15 3-light N
windows each with a different head, and a late C15 4-centred
depressed chancel arch widened to S. 3-bay C15 queen-post open
roof to nave with braces to purlins and principals, moulded wall-
posts on carved stone musical angel corbels and curved braces
with pierced quatrefoil spandrels. Similar spandrels and wall
posts to 3-bay S aisle roof with moulded purlins and stone
corbels. C19 boarded waggon roof to chancel. E window C19, C14
S doorway and C15 2-light window. Unbuttressed, 3-stage, W tower
with enbattled parapet and small set-back spire with vane.
Narrow windows in 2 lower stages repaired with tile slips by SPAB
technique. A string course marks each stage. Wide pointed bell-
chamber openings. Fittings include an hexagonal Jacobean oak
pulpit said to have been a bequest of Sir Robert Cecil, early C16
chancel stalls with carved ends and initials 'RK' for rector
Robert King (1510-1538), and octagonal font c1891 carved with
floral panels and on an octagonal rose marble shaft with moulded
stone base. 2 monuments on S wall of aisle to Sarah and Gratiana
Spence 1753 and 1776 in the form of bellied cartouches with
hatchment carved at top. (RCHM (1911) 104: VCH (1912) 128-29:
Pevsner (1977) 153: H C Andrews History of the Church of St
Nicholas, Much Munden (n.d.) pamplet available at church).

Listing NGR: TL3551924185

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