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Church of Saint Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Woburn, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9898 / 51°59'23"N

Longitude: -0.6173 / 0°37'2"W

OS Eastings: 495040

OS Northings: 233273

OS Grid: SP950332

Mapcode National: GBR F2D.6R4

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.870Z

Entry Name: Church of Saint Mary

Listing Date: 1 March 1972

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321663

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38243

Location: Woburn, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Woburn

Built-Up Area: Woburn

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Woburn

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

1.3.72 Church of Saint Mary
Parish church. 1865-8 by Henry Clutton for William 8th Duke of Bedford.
Ashlar, with tiled roofs. Chancel, N vestry, nave, N and S aisles, W tower.
Developed late C12 French style. Most windows are single lights without
tracery, flanked by engaged slender columns, with almost semi-circular pointed
arches and dripstones. Most buttresses are surmounted by gargoyle
waterspouts. Mostly plain parapets with ornamental corbelling. Stone coping
to gables with variety of cross finials. Chancel: of 3 bays, above a vaulted
crypt. Side walls have 3 windows each, E elevation has 2 windows surmounted
by a rose window at attic level. N vestry: single-storeyed with pyramidal
roof and tall chimney stack to N elevation. Square-headed mullioned windows
to E. Nave: 5 bays, with lower floor level than chancel. W elevation has 2
windows surmounted by a rose window at attic level. 5-bay arcades to both
sides on slender paired columns. These have shaft rings and crocket capitals,
and support ribbed stone vaulting to nave and aisles. Aisles: N aisle of 5
bays, with one window each to W and E ends and 5 to N. S aisle is of 4 bays,
with 4 S windows and one E window. At W end W tower takes place of what would
be S aisle 5th bay. Circular stair turret to NE angle. Shallow angle
buttresses and embattled parapet. Main entrance is to S elevation. Square-
headed double doors within moulded round-arch with slender engaged columns.
This is set in gabled bay which projects to line with buttresses and has
carved lizard stops to moulding. Bell-stage has paired louvred openings,
similar to windows but more deeply recessed and with 3 columns to each side of
surround. At this level stair turret has blind arcading. Gargoyles lean out
from tops of parapet angles. Interior: main enrichment of nave and aisles
consists of engaged columns, folite carving to capitals, ribbed vaulting etc.
Carved decoration to chancel panelling and choirstalls, organ (at E end of N
aisle) and pulpit (projecting into nave from chancel). Gilded and painted
reredos by Caroe, shows scenes of Annunciation, Nativity, angels and saints in
canopied riches. Glass to E windows of chancel 1893 by Kempe. Nave has
circular font with carved decoration of crosses and doves in circles.
Pevsner, pp 164-5; Bedfordshire Record Office: R5/917, General Account: Cash

Listing NGR: SP9504033273

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