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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Orlestone, Kent

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Latitude: 51.0767 / 51°4'36"N

Longitude: 0.8539 / 0°51'14"E

OS Eastings: 600010

OS Northings: 134696

OS Grid: TR000346

Mapcode National: GBR RXN.DQ4

Mapcode Global: FRA D6P8.LHY

Plus Code: 9F323VG3+MH

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 27 November 1957

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 181672

Location: Orlestone, Ashford, Kent, TN26

County: Kent

District: Ashford

Civil Parish: Orlestone

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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(east side)
6/87 Church of St.
Mary the Virgin
Parish church. Late C12/early C13 origin, altered C14, and heavily
restored 1883-4 by T. Blashill. Ragstone, part rendered with plain
tiled roof. Chancel, nave with shingled bell turret, western porch
and vestry to south. C19 western porch with timber upper walls on
flint and stone base, made up in part of window tracery removed here
after restoration. Trecusped bargeboard. C19 west window, a rounded
triangular oculus. Shingled turret with small lucarnes and weather
vane. Timber framed C19 south vestry. Nave and chancel with cusped
lancets to west, and 2 and 3 light windows with cusped sexfoil over,
with offset buttresses, incorporating chimney and stoke hole at
southern re-entrant to chancel. East end all of 1883-4. Interior:
double framed gallery/belfry support, possibly C17in origin, but now
largely C19. Roof of 2 tall crown posts on moulded tie-beams, all
much restored 1883. Chancel arch set within stepped-in chancel, with
heavy chamfered arch on octagonal responds with deeply undercut
capitals. Crown post roof, late Cl9. Copy of nave roof. Fittings:
simple chamfered piscina in chancel, roll moulded piscina in nave and
small ogee headed niche or stoup by south door. Good quality C19
fittings: colonette-rail to altar, choir stalls, reading desk/half-
screen to chancel wooden pinnacled lectern. Alabaster font on Early
English style column, with Evangelists' symbols on bowl sides. "Tudor"
style Roll of Honour carved wooden tablet (for 1914-18, with 1939-45
additions). Glass of 1888; 1893 and 1898 by Holiday. The glass and
monuments in the church are largely late C19/early C20 memorials to
the Oliver family. Fragments of masonry on the west wall include
late C12 (Canterbury style Early English) capitals (one dated 1884)
and 2 coffin lids with calvary crosses bottonée. Royal Arms of 1828
over west door, and painted C19 texts over chancel arch and west doorway:
In Obitu Pax : Post Tenebrus Lux. (See B.O.E. Kent I, 442).

Listing NGR: TR0002134223

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