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Parish Church of St Nicholas

A Grade I Listed Building in Rochester, Medway

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Latitude: 51.3894 / 51°23'21"N

Longitude: 0.5035 / 0°30'12"E

OS Eastings: 574282

OS Northings: 168570

OS Grid: TQ742685

Mapcode National: GBR PPN.VGJ

Mapcode Global: VHJLT.PB1Q

Plus Code: 9F329GQ3+Q9

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 24 October 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1299749

English Heritage Legacy ID: 172945

Location: Rochester, Medway, ME1

County: Medway

Electoral Ward/Division: Rochester West

Built-Up Area: Rochester

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Rochester St Peter Parish Centre

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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TQ 7468 NW
7/16 Parish Church of
St Nicholas
Former parish church now the diocesan offices. 1421-3 (dedicated
1423); much rebuilding (including the arcades) after a fire, re-
dededicated 1624, restored and refenestrated 1860-2. W end and
aisles partitioned in 1970s to form office space. Coursed rubble
ragstone; Kent tile roof. NW tower (originally detached to allow
for a processional way); nave with aisles, chancel with shallow
aisles; vestry to N of chancel. Exterior: W front (facing
College yard): NW tower: 3 stages; moulded W doorway with
hoodmould (now with fixed glazing); string-courses between all
stages, with 4 courses of flint/ragstone chequerboard decoration
to lower stage and a band of knapped flint to 1st, below string
courses; cusped lancet to 1st stage, similar belfry opening, both
square-headed under hood mould. Small light to SW stair.
Removed parapet. Vertical masonry joint clearly marks the
division between SW angle of tower and later wall connecting it
was N aisle. gabled W wall to nave with W doorway similar to
tower and C19 5-light Decorated window, framed by buttresses with
set-offs. Aisle with plan parapet that returns along S side.
C19 perpendicular and Decorated 3-light windows to S aisle with
C15 buttresses between. Chancel with many later accretions and
some brick patching; the rubble masonry here is random rubble and
presumably demotes later alterations (rather than earlier work)
which included the reduction of the aisles. C19 5-light e
window. Interior: 5-bay arcade rebuilt after 1624 with tall
Tuscan columns supporting equilateral pointed arches with
quadrant moulding. Chancel arch (on Tuscan half-columns) with
cyma mouldings. Plaster ceiling together with the coffered
chancel ceiling, late C18/early C19. Aisles divided from chancel
by cornice carrying a frieze of swags supported on panelled
pilasters, and with little fan vaults, all C.1800. Monuments:
2 small rural monuments with kneeling figures (Thomas Rocke,
d.1635 and signed by John and Matthias Christmas; George Wilson
d.1629). The Buildings of England volume mentions a good
monument by Sir Robert Taylor in S aisle (not inspected). W
Window: brightly coloured glass by Charles Gibbs. early C19
octagonal stone font.

Listing NGR: TQ7428468566

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