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Church of St. John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Capel, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.154 / 51°9'14"N

Longitude: -0.3205 / 0°19'13"W

OS Eastings: 517554

OS Northings: 140757

OS Grid: TQ175407

Mapcode National: GBR HHH.PS4

Mapcode Global: VHGSM.D8F5

Plus Code: 9C3X5M3H+JQ

Entry Name: Church of St. John the Baptist

Listing Date: 11 November 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378150

English Heritage Legacy ID: 290219

Location: Capel, Mole Valley, Surrey, RH5

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Capel

Built-Up Area: Capel

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Capel

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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THE STREET (West Side)
Church of St. John the Baptist



Church. C13, rebuilt and restored in 1865 by H. Woodyer. Sandstone and Bargate stone blocks with ashlar dressings, Horsham slab roofs with wood-shingled bell-cote and broach spire above under iron finial. Aisled nave, that to north under catslide, with chancel to east, vestry to north, porches to south and west and bell-cote to west end. Arched two-light openings in each face of tower with scalloped ends to louvres. Diagonal offset buttresses on west end with sill moulding to base of end gable; C19 lancet in gable apex. Decorated style west window to north aisle, offset buttresses to north aisle north wall with one six and one five-light window, broach stops to mullions and quatrefoils over trefoil-head single light tracery.

Small gable to North end of vestry with a two-light, hood- moulded window and small door in buttress at junction with aisle. Further door to east of vestry in pentice roofed extension at right angles to chancel. Diagonal buttresses to east end with three-light and three cinquefoil roundels over in east window. Three C13 lancets in south side of chancel with diagonal chalk buttress at junction with nave. Three lancets to west of south porch, one lancet and one plate-tracery window east of porch. Gabled porch to west with 'clunch' surround to arched door, partly recut.

Main entrance to south:- buttresses to ends flanking two-step, chamfered, arched door surround under cambered tie beam to heavy, framed gable with King-post truss and scalloped bargeboards. Dogstooth moulding over surround to south door.

Interior:- Crimped patterning around south door and tower door. Bell cage of old design with chamfered posts and cross bracing, similar in design to Buckland Church. C19 spiral staircase, again similar to that at Buckland, with pierced decoration. Four bay north arcade, two round piers and two half-pier responds; west bay on pier responds. Chamfered chancel arch. Windows on north aisle have octagonal piers supporting rear lintel, broach stops to base of piers.

Fittings:- C19 screen. Pulpit - Whitestone and coloured marble shafts under foliate caps. Arcaded sides. Piscinae to north and south walls of chancel. Fine font of black marble. Octagonal, on thick, round stem with gilt carving. Crimped decoration to font cover, crucifix decoration on alternate faces.

Monuments:- South Chancel wall:- John Cowper d.1590. Coloured marbles and painted, Kneeler type with crowning broken pediment, containing central heraldic roundel, on Composite columns. Arched panels over figures, set back, with half-eggs in spandrels. Scrolled apron and inscription panels below. Robert Cowper. 1720. Wall tablet in City Baroque style. Open segmental pediment with crowning cartouche on Composite, attached half-columns and flanking scrolls. Drapery over central arched inscription panel and gadrooning to base.


Listing NGR: TQ1755440757

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