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Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin (Church of England)

A Grade I Listed Building in Braughing, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9079 / 51°54'28"N

Longitude: 0.0282 / 0°1'41"E

OS Eastings: 539619

OS Northings: 225204

OS Grid: TL396252

Mapcode National: GBR LBV.7ZG

Mapcode Global: VHHLL.F9SR

Plus Code: 9F32W25H+57

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin (Church of England)

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1347516

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161172

ID on this website: 101347516

Location: St Mary's Church, Church End, East Hertfordshire, SG11

County: Hertfordshire

District: East Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Braughing

Built-Up Area: Braughing

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Braughing

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Braughing village
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9/29 Parish Church of St Mary
the Virgin (C of E)


Church. Early C13 chancel (consecrated 1220); early C15 nave,
aisles, S porch and W tower; NE mortuary chapel 1638 for Simeon
Brograve; restorations: 1838 (nave roof), 1852-3 by Mr Savill
(tower and spire), 1855-61 (porch, clerestorey and windows), 1866
by Mr Perry (S aisle), 1872-3 (chancel refaced, nave roof
repaired, and tower arch opened); thorough restoration completed
1888 by Edmund Buckle. Flint rubble faced in coursed field
flints with stone dressings. NE chapel in red brick, English-
bond, with plastered brick windows. Old red tile chancel roof,
slate roof to nave, small copper spire with vane, metal roofs to
aisles and NE chapel. Battlemented parapets to nave, rood-stair
turret, tower, and S porch. Square ended chancel with lancet
windows, C15 chancel arch of 2 splayed orders, and scissor-braced
collar-rafter roof. Aisled nave with 4-bay arcades (re-used from
earlier arcade-Pevsner) and clerestorey, Perp aisle windows,
rood loft turret stair at SE of nave, and fine C15 angel roof
with plastered panels, moulded ribs and 2 bays at E elaborately
traceried and coloured. 4-stage tall W tower with set-back
buttresses, W door with traceried spandrels and niches on each
side, 3-light window over, quatrefoil openings on NW and S in
third stage; 2-light openings to bell stage, and C15 tower arch
to nave of 3 moulded orders. 2-storey S porch with pinnacles and
gabled buttresses, 2-centred arched doorway in square frame with
traceried spandrels, 2-light side windows, and 2 large 2-light
windows in upper part (floor removed). Fittings include: a Della
Robia type roundel in S aisle, C15 buttressed oak benches, C!4
octagonal font in N aisle, and painted Royal Arms over S door.
Monuments: brasses c1480 to man and woman in S aisle, Barbara
Hauchett d.1561, and in the chancel a full frontal bust to
Augustin Steward d.l597, large standing wall monument N of alter
to John Brograve d.l625 and brother with reclining figures,
columns and arches with carved spandrels, and large monument S of
alter 1772 by James 'Athenian' Stuart carved by Thomas
Scheemakers to Ralph Freeman of Hamels and family with marble
sarcophagus and 3 double-portrait medallions. Slate sundial on
porch renewed 1971. (RCHM (1911) 66-8: VCH (1912) 315-16: Kelly
(1914) 71: Pevsner (1977) 108-9).

Listing NGR: TL3961925204

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