St Mary’s Church, Clothall, Herts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 51° 58.329 W 000° 09.071
30U E 695674 N 5761773
Quick Description: A 14th century church at Clothall.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/27/2012 3:46:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMDVJG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The church of St. Mary The Virgin stands on rising ground to the north-east of the village, and is built of flint rubble with stone dressings; the roofs are of lead. It consists of chancel, nave, south chapel, and south tower, the lower stage of which forms the porch. A north vestry was added in the 19th century. The present church appears to have been erected c. 1350–70 on the foundations of an older one or the older stones re-used, as some of the lower stones are of shelly oolite, the rest of the stonework being of clunch. The south chapel, tower and chancel may have been built a little later in the 14th century. All the windows of the chancel are of modern stonework, and the chancel arch has been cemented. The roof is modern.

On the north wall of the nave are two windows having two cinquefoiled lights; one is of 15th-century date, the other being a modern copy; the west window of two cinquefoiled lights also belongs to the 15th century. The south doorway is of the 14th century, and retains the original plank door, with ornamental iron hinges. The name 'John Warrin' is painted in black letter on the inside. The south chapel has an east window with 15th-century tracery of three lights, the jambs being of earlier date.

The tower is of two stages with a tiled pyramidal roof. The lower stage forms the south porch, which has a moulded arched entrance.

In the east window is some old glass; the head of a female saint is probably of late 14th-century work; a number of quarries painted with birds and a border with 'Maria' monogram repeated may belong to the next century. In the south-west window of the chapel are some heraldic fragments.
Building Materials: Stone

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