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Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade I Listed Building in Melchbourne and Yielden, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.2771 / 52°16'37"N

Longitude: -0.4937 / 0°29'37"W

OS Eastings: 502864

OS Northings: 265393

OS Grid: TL028653

Mapcode National: GBR G0D.803

Mapcode Global: VHFPN.D1C6

Plus Code: 9C4X7GG4+RG

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1312146

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36402

Location: Melchbourne and Yielden, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Melchbourne and Yielden

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Melchbourne

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Parish Church. Substantially remodelled in late C18. Said to have been commissioned
in 1779 by Samuel Whitbread, father-in-law of 12th Lord St John of Bletsoe. Medieval
and C17 elements visible externally. Coursed limestone rubble, ashlar dressings.
Chancel, nave, south aisle, north aisle, north porch, west tower. Chancel and nave
heightened 1779. All windows to chancel and aisles plain, round-headed with unmoulded
architraves. Chancel has windows to N wall only, with blocked windows, some C14,
visible in exterior south wall. Round-headed chancel arch. Coved ceiling and 4-bay
arcades of Tuscan columns to nave. Blocked C14 window to W wall of north aisle. Early
C17 north porch, reputedly from Woodford House, Northants (Pevsner, p124). Round-
headed archway with carved shield to keystone, flanked by Roman Doric columns on square
plinths. Triglyph and metope frieze. Oculus in each side wall. Perpendicular tower
with later parapet. C18 3-centred west doorway with keystone. 1377 brass inscription
in south aisle. Complete 1779 box pews and panelling. C19 and C20 memorials to the
St John family.

Listing NGR: TL0286465393

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