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Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Northill, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.1054 / 52°6'19"N

Longitude: -0.3238 / 0°19'25"W

OS Eastings: 514900

OS Northings: 246551

OS Grid: TL149465

Mapcode National: GBR H3W.WH9

Mapcode Global: VHGMZ.BBPW

Plus Code: 9C4X4M4G+4F

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 31 October 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1221856

English Heritage Legacy ID: 413773

Location: Northill, Central Bedfordshire, SG18

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Northill

Built-Up Area: Northill

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Northill

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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8/82 Parish Church of St Mary
31,l0.66 the Virgin


Parish church, serving as a collegiate church 1404-1547. Mainly C14, with
some C15 details and some late C19 reworking including most window tracery.
Ironstone, dressings mostly in Totternhoe clunch. Slate roofs. Chancel, N
vestry and organ chamber, nave, N and S aisles, S porch, W tower. Chancel:
plain parapet. 5-light E window of 1880. 3 3-light S windows, E one
retaining some original tracery. Priest's door below central window. NW
opening onto organ retains original window jambs. Door to R of this gives
onto organ chamber and vestry, added 1862 by H. Woodyer. Fenestration of
this addition includes a rose window. Plain parapets. Chancel arch rebuilt
1862. Nave: 4 bay pointed arched arcades to N and S, on 4 shafted piers. All
of ironstone except all responds and capitals of western piers of both
arcades. N aisle: 4 bays, divided by buttresses. E window, now without
tracery, opens onto organ chamber. C15 windows to first and second bays, C14
door to third bay, C14 window to fourth bay. C14 W window. S aisle: similar
fenestration to N aisle. Pointed arched S doorway. Embattled parapets to
aisles. S porch: much restored C19. 2 storeyed, the vaulting and parvis
added C15. Vaulting is in 2 bays, with 3 carved bosses, one showing the arms
of Sir John Trailly. Stairs to W. Parvis, originally a chapel to St Anne,
has 4-light opening onto S aisle and 2-light S window. Embattled parapet. W
tower: 3 stages, top stage C15. 4-stage angle buttresses. Stair turret to NE
corner. S elevation has C19 doorway. W elevation has 3-light window,
surmounted by narrow single light. Top stage has 2-light pointed arch window
to N and S elevations, and paired 2-light windows under square head to W and E
elevations. Embattled parapet. Interior: mid-late C19 font. C19 rood screen
includes some C15 work, as do the choir stalls, and the parvis stair door.
Chancel roof is C19, but nave roof, in 4 bays with strutted crown posts and
plain aisle roofs, may date back to C14. N aisle has wall monument to John
Harvey, d.1793, by T King of Bath, showing oval with inscription beside draped
urn. S aisle has 3 large panels of stained glass of 1664 by John Oliver.
Commissioned by the Company of Grocers to commemorate some restoration work
and the re-endowment of the living in the will of Lady Margaret Slaney,
d.1619. Originally formed E window, depicting Royal arms of Charles II in the
central light, flanked by the arms of the Grocers' Company and of Margaret
Slaney. Removed to S aisle in 1880. 2 windows by C E Kempe, one to N aisle
(1897) one to chancel (1906). W windows of aisles and tower by Clayton and

Listing NGR: TL1490046551

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