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Parish Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Harpenden, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.817 / 51°49'1"N

Longitude: -0.3582 / 0°21'29"W

OS Eastings: 513265

OS Northings: 214427

OS Grid: TL132144

Mapcode National: GBR H7J.07X

Mapcode Global: VHFRV.QLZF

Plus Code: 9C3XRJ8R+RP

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 26 July 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347212

English Heritage Legacy ID: 163572

Location: Harpenden, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL5

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Harpenden

Built-Up Area: Harpenden

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Harpenden

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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16/37 Parish Church of
St Nicholas


Parish Church. C15 W tower. Remainder of church rebuilt in
polychrome early-Gothic style by W. Slater in 1862. N aisle
added 1898-9 by R. Brown and Sons. E end of church reordered in
1962. The tower, which was restored in 1980, is flint rubble
with stone and cement dressings. 3 stages. Large stepped angle
buttresses. Octagonal stair turret at SW angle. Crenellated
parapet. Lead spike. Moulded cement bands and plinth. W door
has deep hollowed surround. 3-light window above with cinquefoil
lights. 2-light belfry window with trefoiled lights. Hood
moulds. Rest of church is rock-face stone with smooth stone
dressings. Flush sandstone bands and polychrome arch heads.
Machine tile roof. Simple bar tracery windows in a mid-C12
French style. Aisle windows are 2 lights with quatrefoils;
transept ends 3-light; E end with 5 lights and an oculus with 4
quatrefoils. Interior has a 5-bay nave. Drum sandstone piers
with moulded bases and leaf-carved capitals. Aisles have broad
arches on E and W sides of transepts, each with continuous roll
mouldings. Chancel has 2 bays either side, each with a drum
pier. At W end of S aisle is a good C12 Purbeck marble font:
octagonal with 2 shallow pointed panels on each face; 8 round
supporting colonettes. Brasses: 1456 to William Anabull; 1559
to William Cressye, both near pulpit. Good C18 and early-C19
wall monuments on N and S interior walls of tower including (N
wall) large monument to Godman Jenkyn (d.1746): obelisk with
armorial plaque, sarcophagus base with lobe fluting; black and
white marble. C18 monument above with fluted Doric pilasters and
broken segmental pediment. S wall has 6 smaller wall plaques.
(Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL1326514427

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