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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Easington, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7842 / 54°47'3"N

Longitude: -1.3573 / 1°21'26"W

OS Eastings: 441428

OS Northings: 543445

OS Grid: NZ414434

Mapcode National: GBR LFY3.YS

Mapcode Global: WHD5Z.30XP

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1231813

English Heritage Legacy ID: 407053

Location: Easington Village, County Durham, SR8

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Easington Village

Built-Up Area: Easington

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Easington

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

(South side)

7/11 Church of St. Mary


Parish church. Romanesque tower, remainder of church early C13. Extensive
restoration in 1853 by P.C. Hardwick. Sandstone and limestone rubble masonry.
Steeply-pitched green slate roof. Square west tower, aisled nave, chancel and
north chapel. Long, low proportions.

4-stage west tower defined by bands. Fragment of Cl0-11 grave slab in base of
west wall. Romanesque masonry up to and including corbel table. 2 round-arched
openings and later battlemented parapet. 2 massive C14 diagonal buttresses.
Pointed doorway of 1853 in south wall.

West ends of aisles have single lancets and buttresses added to support tower
arch. C19 aisle windows, mainly in Perpendicular style but some Geometrical, have
original rear-arches; similar C19 windows in chancel and 5 stepped lancets at east
end with quatrefoil above. East aisle return has original 2-light window with
Geometrical tracery. Nave clerestory has 4 small, irregularly-spaced lancets. North
aisle and clerestory similar.

Chancel has double-chamfered plinth and, except for north wall, was rebuilt in 1853
using original materials. 3 bays divided by pilaster buttresses; east end has
clasping buttresses. South wall has 2-light low-side window with Y-tracery under
pointed hoodmould. 2-bay north chapel has 2-light lancets with Y-tracery.

Interior: early Romanesque double-chamfered tower arch. Double-chamfered pointed
nave arcades with hoodmoulds and carved stops. Keeled east and west responds.
3 columns alternating round and octagonal, order reversed between north and south
aisles. Bases and capitals follow plan of columns: octagonal columns have
waterholding bases and capitals with nailhead decoration; 2 of the round columns
have leafy capitals. Mid C19 arch-braced crown-post roof has embattled tie-beams.
2 steps up to wide double-chamfered chancel arch on semi-octagonal moulded corbels.
East end has detached shafts of Frosterly marble between lancets; flanking blank
niches. Barrelled chancel roof.

Furnishings: 48 mid C17 pew ends with deep relief carving and poppyheads in the
style of Bishop Cosin's craftsmen. Chancel screen has some mid C17 traceried
panelling. Reredos largely mid C17 has carved panels and a crocketed canopy. C19
font on probably medieval moulded base and stepped round plinth.

Monuments: Well-preserved C14 recumbent female effigy in Frosterly marble. Late
C13 recumbent freestone effigy of a knight in armour with a shield showing 3
popinjays, possibly Marmaduke Fitz Galfrid of Horden.

(Rev. H.E. Savage, "Easington Church", Archaeologia Aeliana, New Series, Vol XVll

Listing NGR: NZ4142843444

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