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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Syde, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7961 / 51°47'45"N

Longitude: -2.075 / 2°4'30"W

OS Eastings: 394921

OS Northings: 210827

OS Grid: SO949108

Mapcode National: GBR 2NH.B6C

Mapcode Global: VH94T.Z3CY

Plus Code: 9C3VQWWF+CX

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 26 November 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1305201

English Heritage Legacy ID: 127225

Location: Syde, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL53

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Syde

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Syde St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Parish church. Early C12 with C14 tower; chancel, vestry and
porch all date from restoration c1850. Random rubble limestone;
ashlar dressings; coursed and squared limestone to C19 additions;
stone slate roof. Nave without aisles; west tower, north porch,
south vestry and chancel. Central south doorway now blocked, with
deep flat stone lintel and quoins; 2-light Early English lancet to
left; buttress at west end extends from tower; to right C15 2-
light with Tudor-arched heads. Central north doorway, square-
headed as south with medieval door and C15 closing ring; C19
parapet gabled porch with chamfered pointed arch; C15 2-light to
left at high level and C14 2-light with trefoil-headed lancets
further left. Parapet gables topped by cross-gablet saddles to
saddleback tower of 3 stages; clasping buttresses to west corners
of lower stage; single slit window on south side of lower stage
has slightly chamfered monolithic surround; pointed arched doorway
enters ringing chamber on north side has plank door and is
approached up external flight of stone steps abutting west end of
nave; small trefoil-headed lancet to west face of ringing chamber;
small trefoil-headed belfry opening in each tower face. East
parapet gable to nave and chancel; tall east lancet; central
trefoil-headed lancet to north and south walls. South vestry has
parapet gables to east and west; shouldered archel south doorway
with plank door; west facing trefoil-headed lancet.
Interior is unscraped and limewashed: round-headed inner arch to
north and south doorways; low blocked pointed arched tower
doorway; unmoulded Norman chancel arch with chamfered abaci;
chamfered pier jambs on west face; 3-bay C15 crown post nave roof.
East chancel wall modelled by triplet, the central arched pierced
by east window; round-headed and splayed openings to north and
south windows; pointed arched vestry doorway; barrel roof to
chancel. C19 timber chancel rail; partially defaced Stuart
hatchment over chancel arch; C18 box-pews and pulpit; trefoil-
headed image niche on east splay of nave window above pulpit; lead-
lined C15 octagonal stone font with quatrefoil on each face and
complex pentagonal stem with gabled buttresses. Small stained
glass C15 roundel in C15 south window depicts St. James of
Compostella. Gas-lit interior. Medieval coffin lid to west of
north porch with incised cross. The interior of this small church
has avoided the usual major C19 restoration, and the C19
replacement chancel is of an appropriately simple design. (N. M.
Herbert, 'Syde' in V.C.H. Glos. vii, 1981, pp. 227-232; and D.
Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979.)

Listing NGR: SO9492510826

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