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Church of St Nicolas

A Grade I Listed Building in Great Coates, North East Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.5702 / 53°34'12"N

Longitude: -0.1391 / 0°8'20"W

OS Eastings: 523328

OS Northings: 409784

OS Grid: TA233097

Mapcode National: GBR WWG4.PX

Mapcode Global: WHHHR.TJYD

Plus Code: 9C5XHVC6+39

Entry Name: Church of St Nicolas

Listing Date: 4 January 1967

Last Amended: 30 June 1999

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1379843

English Heritage Legacy ID: 479277

Location: Great Coates, North East Lincolnshire, DN37

County: North East Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Great Coates

Built-Up Area: Grimsby

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Little Coates St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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699-1/14/99 (West side)
04/01/67 Church of St Nicolas
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Parish Church of St Nicholas)


Parish church. c1200, extended in C13; C14 aisles and chancel,
C14-C15 tower; late C18 clerestory and north aisle west
window; restorations of 1865 by James Fowler of Louth;
restorations of 1929-32, including new east window; repairs to
roof by W and L Bond.
MATERIALS: tower in weathered ironstone ashlar with limestone
dressings and belfry stage; nave aisles in ironstone ashlar
and coursed rubble with limestone dressings; brick clerestory;
chancel in ironstone ashlar and rubble, cobbles, flint and
chalk, with C20 east section in rock-faced limestone. Slate
PLAN: 4-bay aisled nave with south door, 3-bay chancel, and
west tower with west door.
EXTERIOR: chancel with diagonal buttresses; pointed
double-chamfered south doorway, pairs of restored pointed
2-light north and south windows with simple Curvilinear
tracery; C20 rebuilt central section to east side with pointed
3-light window with reticulated tracery and wrought-iron
letters "R S" above for Robert Sutton, patron of C19
North aisle: angle buttresses, pointed north door with 2
filleted orders, hoodmould with headstops; pair of partly
restored triangular-headed 3-light windows with trefoiled
lights and hoodmoulds; C14 pointed 3-light east window with
reticulated tracery, filleted mullions and reveal; C19 pointed
single-light west window.
South aisle: chamfered plinth, angle buttresses;
double-chamfered pointed south doorway with restored
hoodmould, 3 square-headed 2-light traceried windows with
hoodmoulds; pointed 2-light east window with reticulated
tracery, filleted mullions and reveal.
Clerestory: south side with pair of blocked openings and
indications of straight joints.
Tower of 2 main stages: moulded plinth, angle buttresses with
set-offs. Tudor-arched west door with hoodmould and head
stops, panelled door. Above, a frieze with a central cruciform

niche flanked by quatrefoil panels with shields.
Pointed 3-light west window with Perpendicular tracery and
continuous hoodmould. Above, a small square-headed 2-light
west window. Stepped-in upper stage with twin pointed 2-light
belfry openings with Perpendicular tracery, deep
hollow-chamfered reveals and linked hoodmould. String course
with central gargoyle to each side. Embattled parapet with 8
crocketed finials on panelled shafts. Clockface to east, dated
1806, by Thwaites of Clerkenwell (originally from Willingham
Hall, Lincs).
INTERIOR: chancel with pointed trefoiled piscina, pair of C19
corbels for former rood screen, C19 reredos.
Nave: 4-bay arcades with 3 east bays of c1200, and narrower
later C13 west bay. North arcade of 3 round arches and pointed
west arch, all of 2 plain orders. South arcade with slightly
pointed, slightly chamfered arches. Both arcades have
quatrefoiled east piers and responds with plain-moulded round
bases and capitals, the west piers and responds with keeled
foils, quatrefoiled abaci, circular seats and bases. C14
ogee-headed piscina in south aisle with mutilated bowl. Nave
roof rebuilt in C19 and C20, possibly reusing some original
tie beams and carved bosses. Tall pointed double-chamfered
tower arch with plain-moulded capitals and chamfered base,
organ loft with C19 railed gallery; chamfered 4-centred
doorway to tower stairs. C14-C15 octagonal font with cusped
panels and shields. Fragments of medieval stained glass with
coats of arms in chancel north window and north aisle east
window. C19 pulpit.
MONUMENTS: include 2 brasses in chancel, one of 1420 to Lady
Isabella, wife of Roger Barnardiston, with dog at feet, Gothic
inscription and recesses for shields, another of c1503 with
figure of Christ rising from the tomb with sleeping soldiers
alongside, flanked by figures of Sir Thomas Barnardiston and
wife Elizabeth, and 8 sons and 7 daughters, with Latin
inscription scrolls from the mouths of the main figures, and
border with faces and paterae and inscription to Barnardistons
of "Mikkyl cotes".
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N, Harris J, and Antram N:
Lincolnshire: London: 1989-: 343-4; Nattes C: Drawing of Great
Coates church: 1795-: BANKS COLLECTION; Grimsby Planning
Department: Great Coates Conservation Area: Grimsby Borough
Council: 1972-: NO.127; Grimsby Broough Council: Action for
Conservation: 1972-: NO.127).

Listing NGR: TA2332709783

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