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Church of Ss Peter and Paul

A Grade I Listed Building in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3703 / 52°22'13"N

Longitude: -0.2615 / 0°15'41"W

OS Eastings: 518457

OS Northings: 276120

OS Grid: TL184761

Mapcode National: GBR J26.6QY

Mapcode Global: VHGLN.FP38

Entry Name: Church of Ss Peter and Paul

Listing Date: 28 January 1958

Last Amended: 21 October 1983

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1330459

English Heritage Legacy ID: 54490

Location: Alconbury, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE28

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire

Civil Parish: Alconbury

Built-Up Area: Alconbury

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Alconbury St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

(North-East Side)

4/5 Church of S.S. Peter and Paul
28.1.58 (Formerly listed as Church of
St.Peter and St. Paul)

Parish church noteworthy for its very fine C13 chancel, belfry
and spire. C12 reused material. C13 tower, upper two stages
rebuilt with original material in 1876, belfry added later to
tower and spire shortly after. C13 chancel rebuilt on original
site, but widened to north; south aisle rebuilt. Early in C14
nave arcades and clerestorey rebuilt in line with widened
chancel, and c.1330 north aisle rebuilt and south porch.
Chancel walls raised and reroofed in late C15, and aisles
reroofed. Nave roof early C16. Restoration to north aisle,
buttresses inscribed 'TA IP CW 1684' and '1684'. Repewed in
1842. Major restoration 1876. Pebble-rubble, limestone rubble,
reused mediaeval stone with dressings of Weldon, Ketton and
Barnack stone. Roofs covered with lead. West tower of three
stages with diagonal buttresses to second stage surmounted by an
octagonal broach-spire. In second stage a circular quatrefoil
light; belfry windows of two pointed lights with quatrefoil in
two-centred arch. Broach-spire rises from fine decorated
corbel-table and has three tiers of gabled spire lights with
some ball-flower ornament. Clerestoreys with early C16
embattled parapet has four windows with Y-tracery in two-centred
arches. Aisles with late C15 embattled parapets, carved
gargoyles, north aisle has C13 doorway and windows with net-
tracery and one C15 cinque-foiled light window. South aisle has
two C13 windows, one C14 window with net-tracery and one C15
window replacing two original C13 windows. Doorway c.1260 has a
two-centred moulded arch carried on circular shafts with moulded
capitals and bases. South porch c.1340 partly restored in C15
with incomplete early corbel table. Chancel has reused C13
moulded string-course decorated with mask corbels. East window
of three original lancets with very fine moulded, two-centred
rear arches carried on triple detached shafts with moulded
capitals and bases. North and south walls of six bays with
similar arches with four lancet windows, one original blocked
doorway to north, windows and doorway in south wall altered in
C14 and C15. Chancel arch c.1250, arch carried on single
detached shafts with moulded capitals and bases. South and
north arcades c.1330 and similar, of four bays with two-centred
arches, octagonal piers with moulded capitals and bases.
Chancel roof late C15 of four bays with cambered, moulded tie
beams and braces forming four-centred arches has carved bosses
to intersections, and carved angels with outspread wings. Late
C15 on early C16 nave roof of six bays, restored in '1635 RW' on
shield held by carved figure. Roofs of both aisles of twelve
bays with moulded timbers with carved figures on wall-posts of
north aisle, wall posts of south aisle have carved angels. Roof
of porch C15. Font, plain octagonal bowl with moulded soffit
and octagonal stem. C14 and C15 glass in spandrels of
clerestorey windows. Three lockers in east wall of chancel,
C13. C13 and C14 piscenae in aisles.
RCHM (Hunts) p7. VCH (Hunts) p8.
Pevsner: Buildings of England, p204.
Norris Museum, St. Ives. Inskip Ladds. Collection.

Listing NGR: TL1845776120

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