St Mary’s Church, Graveley, Herts, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
N 51° 56.265 W 000° 12.304
30U E 692121 N 5757805
Quick Description: A 12th century church with later additions.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/19/2013 2:36:41 AM
Waymark Code: WMJABW
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
Views: 2

Long Description:
The parish church of St. Mary is built of flint rubble with stone dressings; the chancel is roofed with tiles and the nave with lead. The church consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, north vestry, west tower and south porch.

The nave is the oldest part of the present structure and probably dates from the 12th century. In the 13th century the chancel was either enlarged or wholly rebuilt. The west tower was added about 1480, and the south porch probably in the 18th century. The north aisle and north vestry date from 1887, when the church was restored throughout.

The original 13th-century roll-moulded east windows of the chancel were replaced by a window of three cinquefoiled lights in about 1500; but the interior jambs with part of the arch are still visible on either side of the existing window. The doorway in the north wall is of the 12th century, moved to its present position when the north aisle was built. In the south wall the easternmost window is a plain single light of the 13th century, and the westernmost is of about 1500 of three cinquefoiled lights in a low two centred head.

The chancel arch is of the late 15th century. A 15th-century oak rood screen stands in the archway.

The nave has a window of about 1330 in the south wall with two cinquefoiled lights and a quatrefoil in a two-centred head, and a 15th-century twolight window, with similar tracery in a four-centred head. Between them is the south doorway leading to the south porch. The roof of the nave is low pitched, of 15th-century date, but most of the carving is modern. At the north-east, beside the chancel arch, is a tall shallow niche of the 15th century, with a two-centred arch in a moulded rectangular frame.

The west tower, of two stages with an embattled parapet, has a late 15th-century arch towards the nave. The west doorway is of the same date. The west window has modern stonework, and the two light windows of the bell chamber are repaired with cement.
Building Materials: Stone

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