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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Meppershall, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0102 / 52°0'36"N

Longitude: -0.3483 / 0°20'53"W

OS Eastings: 513459

OS Northings: 235925

OS Grid: TL134359

Mapcode National: GBR H50.W7C

Mapcode Global: VHFQW.XQ7W

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 31 October 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1312589

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37850

Location: Meppershall, Central Bedfordshire, SG17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Meppershall

Built-Up Area: Meppershall

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Meppershall

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


31.10.66 Church of St Mary the


Parish Church. C12, C13, C15, half rebuilt 1875-6 by Sir Arthur Blomfield.
Coursed ironstone, ashlar dressings. Clay tile roofs. Chancel, central
tower, N and S transepts, nave, N and S aisles. Chancel: C13. E elevation
has 3 C19 lancets. N and S elevations each retain lancet to E bay, C15 3-
centred 3-light window to W bay, and small blocked square-headed window
between. S elevation also has C15 4-centred doorway. Tower:C12. 3 stages,
top stage added or rebuilt C15. Round-headed arches to all sides of ground
stage, plain except for simple moulding to W side of W arch. N arch partly
rebuilt C19. 2nd stage has C12 loop to each side. Top stage has C15 2-
light windows to bell-stage. C19 embattled parapet. Transepts: C12,
reworked C15. Each is lit by C15 4-light cinquefoiled window with flat head.
N transept now a vestry and organ chamber. S transept E wall rebuilt C15,
with a tower staircase included in thickness of wall. C19 embattled
parapets. Nave and aisles: rebuilt 1875-6. 3-bay pointed-arched arcades.
Clerestory has 6 pairs of single lights to each side, aisles have 3-light
windows under flat heads, 3 to N, 2 to S. S aisle has pointed-arched doorway
in slightly projecting gable. Interior: C15 12-sided font to S aisle. E
walls of N and S transepts have altar recesses with 4-centred heads and
carved panel decoration, and retaining traces of paint. N one set within
blocked semi-circular archway. S transept has brasses to John Meptyshale
(d.1440) and wife, and to John Boteler (d.1441) and wife. Chancel wall
monuments include polychrome one to Timothy Archer (d.1672), rector.
Transept roofs include some C15 work, otherwise roofs and pews are C19.

Listing NGR: TL1345935925

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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