Middleton Cheney All Saints Church -Northant's
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 52° 04.458 W 001° 16.440
30U E 618290 N 5770707
Quick Description: Several grotesque faces on this old church at Middleton Cheney
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/22/2011 12:44:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMB99K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Revbigjohn
Views: 1

Long Description:
he present church dates from circa A.D. 1300 – or at least the window openings and the south doorway are from that date. The arcading was probably added in A.D. 1322-35, the years when William of Edyngton was Rector. William later became Bishop Of Winchester, where he was responsible for the building of the west front of the Cathedral.

The church has changed considerably in appearance since then. The south chapel, which later housed the organ was an early addition; and what is now the priest’s vestry was added a little later. This must have originally been a chantry chapel since it has a piscina for the washing of scared vessels.

In the fifteenth century the roof came down from its original steep pitch, perhaps of thatch, and was leaded. Marks of the original roof still survive on the east end of the nave gable and at the junction of the vestry parapet and the east wall of the chancel. In the south aisle are two corbels representing the King, probably Edward III (reigned 1327-77) and the Bishop

Soon after the changes to the roof line the tower was rebuilt in its present form. At the same time the great west doorway of the Annunciation was made. This door was clearly intended to replace the south porch as the main entrance to the church, so the early bells must have been rung from what is now the clock chamber.
Water spout is used: yes

Condition: Deeply Weathered

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