CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALEN

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1267814
Date first listed:
24-Feb-1950
Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALEN, CHURCH STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALEN, CHURCH STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Medway (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 78374 68816

Details

GILLINGHAM

TQ76NE CHURCH STREET, Gillingham Green 686-1/7/60 (East side) 24/02/50 Church of St Mary Magdalen

GV II*

Church. Early C13 chancel and side chapels, nave rebuilt C15, C15 aisles and tower, restored 1868-9 by AW Blomfield. MATERIALS: flint, brick and limestone rubble with limestone dressings, partly rendered, ragstone ashlar tower and a tiled roof. STYLE: Decorated Gothic style chancel and flanking chapels, Perpendicular Gothic nave and tower. PLAN: chancel, N and S chapels, aisled nave and W tower. EXTERIOR: coped E gable largely rebuilt mid C19 has flanking buttresses and a mid C19 5-light Decorated tracery window; the S side has a low ogee-arched mid C14 window partly obscured by the E gable of the S chapel, which has a small arch over it. N chapel has a steep E gable with eaves, some render, and a 3-light Perpendicular window, 2-bay N side with buttresses and 2-light Decorated windows; in front is a late C19 single storey crenellated vestry with a flat-headed window and N door. Nave and aisle have cornice and crenellated parapet, with a shallow N gable raised above chancel. 4-bay N elevation has flat-headed 2-light clerestory windows, the aisle has 2-light windows as the side of the chapel. 2-stage tower has angle buttresses to the lower stage, strings between stages and to a crenellated parapet, and regular putlog holes to each face; 2-light W door, with a small niche over, and a flat-headed 2-light window above and to the belfry, as the clerestory. A round SE corner stair tower has a conical roof and finial and a 2-light door at the bottom. S side as the N, with a central mid C19 coped, gabled porch with a 2-centre arched doorway with attached columns and moulded surround. SE chapel has gables each end with eaves, and a 3-light E window with head hood mould stops; S side has two 2-light windows and a flat-headed doorway with a 4-centre arched door to the E, and an E gable with a mid C19 3-light window with Perpendicular tracery and head stops. INTERIOR: not inspected, but noted as having c1200 2-bay arcade between chancel and side chapels with scallops and leafs to the capitals, and keeled roll to W arches, fine Decorated Gothic sedilia with 3 cinquefoil ogee arches with hood mould and stiff leaf capitals. A Perpendicular oak screen

with brattishing and open tracery in segmental-arched panels. C15 4-bay nave arcade has round shafts and octagonal capitals with central rectangular shafts with moulded corners, responds each end, with a shallow roof with arched braces on corbels. Tower has a tierceron rib vault on corner shafts. FITTINGS: 3-sided W gallery on thin posts and turned balusters, C11 Norman font, with 16-arch arcade on shafts and zig zag moulding. STAINED GLASS: E window by Holiday for Heaton, Butler and Bayne. MEMORIALS: various wall memorials. (BoE: Pevsner N & Newman J: West Kent and the Weald: London: 1976-: 290).



Listing NGR: TQ7820868837

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
462549
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Newman, J, The Buildings of England: West Kent and the Weald, (1976), 290

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 16 Oct 2001
Reference: IOE01/05073/14
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