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Stamford,  Lincolnshire  -  St Mary Church
13th century

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Notes in italics from Lincolnshire by Nikolaus Pevsner, John Harris, Nicholas Antram (2002)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London



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Despite extensive rebuilding in the C15, the plan is still essentially that of the late C13 church. Early English W tower with set-back buttresses, thin and chamfered  ... To the S and N .. blank arcading. Three tiers of four arches below the trefoiled tier. Then the bell stage. The buttresses stop here, and there are only angle shafts. Three lancet bell-openings with shafts with shaft rings and dogtooth. Broach-spire, the broaches not high. Immediately on them small tabernacles with statues. Then three tiers of lucarnes in alternating directions. They have ogee arches and crocketed gables, i.e. take us forward into the C14. ...


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 Also Early English: The (tower) arch has two chamfers and a keeled roll ... The responds of the tower arch have simple stiff-leaf crockets ... Above, two trefoil-headed doorways and the original roof-line which represents the earlier nave on to which the tower was built. ... Of the nave arcades the W and E responds are again E.E., semicircular except for the SW respond (which has ) detached shafts in the main directions. Attached shafts between the spurs in diagonals.  E.E. the chancel arch too ...


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The rest of the church is a major Perp rebuilding, possibly after damage in 1461. All embattled, all with large windows. The S buttresses have gablets and little niches below them. ... The N chapel is singled out externally by a five-light E window. ... The chancel E window, once plain Perp, is a replacement of 1860 by Edward Browning, who restored the chancel.


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The arcades are a Perp replacement of the E.E. arcades. Piers with four filleted shafts and small hollows in the diagonals. Castellated capitals. Double-chamfered arches. ... Rood screen by Sedding, incomplete  (1890s). The rood was added by Harold Bailey in 1920. ... The chancel ceiling was painted by R. Farrell to Sedding's design. Final picture is the nave roof.


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North Chapel. The high ogee-gabled canopy takes a three-light window in. - Two identical ogee-headed tomb-recesses, uncovered in 1853 ... In the N chapel an outstandingly good female figure of c. 1330 ... Between chapel and chancel, Sir David Phillips died 1506 and wife. (He fought at Bosworth Field alongside Henry VII). Effigies recumbent on a tomb-chest with in niches the twelve apostles ...Canopy with four-centred head, all panelled and decorated with flowers. Splendid top frieze. To the l. a small doorway with a four-centred head. Quatrefoil bands up the the jambs and arch.


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