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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Lewes, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.8691 / 50°52'8"N

Longitude: 0.0062 / 0°0'22"E

OS Eastings: 541263

OS Northings: 109650

OS Grid: TQ412096

Mapcode National: GBR KQ2.GDB

Mapcode Global: FRA B6XS.SB5

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 25 February 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1353095

English Heritage Legacy ID: 293363

Location: Lewes, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes

Civil Parish: Lewes

Built-Up Area: Lewes

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Lewes St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text

14/373 (south side)
Church of St John the Baptist


Hospitium, now church. Late C11 or early C12, C14, 1714-38, 1847, 1885.
Flint walling on nave to north with stone dressings and buttresses, chequer stone
and flint to south, as is north side of chancel. Red and blue brick chequer
to lower stage of tower with red brick above and chequer battlements. Rubble
stone diagonal buttresses with dressed stone dressings. Plain tiled roofs.
Octagonal cupola to tower with dome, finial and shark weathervane. Nave of five
bays to north with four bay aisle to south. North windows C14, much renewed in
1885; south aisle windows C15, also renewed. Interior: Tower arch, probably
C14. South aisle arcade of four piers. late Cll or early C12. Drum-piers with
unmoulded arches, probably renewed. Crown-post collar-purlin nave roof of C15
with downward braces from crown-posts to tie-beams. Also ashlar-pieces and
braces from rafters to collars. Chancel of two bays, that to west C15, much
rebuilt, that to east 1885, an identical copy. Curvilinear east window with C20
stained glass. Two-bay wagon roof with cranked principals. Chapel of William
de Warenne and Gundrada, his wife, at east end of south aisle. 1845 by J.L.
Parsons of Lewes in Neo-Norman style, advised by Benjamin Ferrey. Groin-vaulted
with giant order in corners of chapel. Interlaced side wall arcading with dog-
tooth string-course over. Round-arched windows with chevron ornament and order
of columns with decorated capitals. Pair of similar wall openings to south with
the two lead cists of William and Gundrada. Central slab to Gundrada, possibly
of Tourmi marble with palmettes either side of a middle staff. Stained glass:
north windows by Kempe, 1882-91. Organ: 1904 with stone substructure in early
Perpendicular style.

W.H. Godfrey, The Official Guide to Lewes, 1933, revised 1977, 43-44.
B.O.E., Sussex, 1965, 552-553.

Listing NGR: TQ4126409649

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