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Parish Church of St Lawrence

A Grade II Listed Building in Willington, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.136 / 52°8'9"N

Longitude: -0.3847 / 0°23'4"W

OS Eastings: 510653

OS Northings: 249866

OS Grid: TL106498

Mapcode National: GBR H3L.5JR

Mapcode Global: VHFQ9.9K0W

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1312387

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36752

Location: Willington, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Willington

Built-Up Area: Willington

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Willington

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


4/115 Parish Church of St

Parish church. Early C16. N chapel (1541), and possibly whole church, built
oy Sir John Gostwick, Master of the Horse to Cardinal Wolsey and later
Treasurer of the First Fruits and Tenths under Henry VIII. Restored 1876-7
under Clutton. Coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. Chancel, N
chapel, nave, N aisle, S porch, W tower. Chancel: E wall filled by large
window of 5 cinquefoiled lights under 2-centred head. Flanking shafts
possibly indicate original intention of vaulting chancel in stone. S wall has
2 3-light windows under 4-centred heads, with embattled transoms. These flank
4-centred arched priest's door. 2-centred chancel arch. 2-bay N arcade with
4-centred arches. N chapel: 3-light E window under 2-centred head. 2 N
windows of 3 ogee lights. Pointed arch onto N aisle. Nave: 4-centred S
doorway, flanked by 4-light transomed windows, lower part with pointed
cinquefoiled heads, upper part with 4-centred uncusped heads. 3-bay N arcade
with 2-centred heads. Rood staircase to NE. Clerestory has 3 2-light
uncusped windows with 4-centred heads. N aisle: N doorway with pointed head,
flanked by windows with 3 uncusped lights under 4-centred heads. S porch:
each side has 3-light window under square head. Outer doorway has depressed
arch with decoration of diamond panels. Small niche above doorway has canopy
with soffit carved to represent vaulting ribs. W tower: 3 stages, with
diagonal buttresses. Each face of top stage has 2-light transomed window
under pointed arch and square label. Blocked W door with C19 3-light window
above. S elevation has small pointed arched doorway. 4 small lights to
staircase, and single pointed arched light to middle stage. Embattled
parapets throughout. Interior: original low-pitched roofs, chancel and chapel
ones with carved corbels, aisle and nave ones with foliated bosses and
embattled wall plates. Some C16 tracery to bench ends. Chapel has alabaster
and black marble tomb to Sir William Gostwick, d,1615, with painted and gilt
effigy on mattress under wooden canopy painted to represent marble. To N is
wall monument to Sir Edward Gostwick and wife Anne, 1635, with 2 kneeling
figures under round-headed arches, and figures of sons and daughters below.
In E bay of chancel arcade is chest tomb to Sir John Gostwick, d.l545, with
panel above recording building of chapel in 1541. Some medieval floor tiles
retained in chapel.

Listing NGR: TL1065349866

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