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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1321663



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


District: Central Bedfordshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Woburn

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 01-Mar-1972

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 38243

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SP 9433-9533 WOBURN PARK STREET 8/140 1.3.72 Church of Saint Mary GV II* Parish church. 1865-8 by Henry Clutton for William 8th Duke of Bedford. Ashlar, with tiled roofs. Chancel, N vestry, nave, N and S aisles, W tower. Developed late C12 French style. Most windows are single lights without tracery, flanked by engaged slender columns, with almost semi-circular pointed arches and dripstones. Most buttresses are surmounted by gargoyle waterspouts. Mostly plain parapets with ornamental corbelling. Stone coping to gables with variety of cross finials. Chancel: of 3 bays, above a vaulted crypt. Side walls have 3 windows each, E elevation has 2 windows surmounted by a rose window at attic level. N vestry: single-storeyed with pyramidal roof and tall chimney stack to N elevation. Square-headed mullioned windows to E. Nave: 5 bays, with lower floor level than chancel. W elevation has 2 windows surmounted by a rose window at attic level. 5-bay arcades to both sides on slender paired columns. These have shaft rings and crocket capitals, and support ribbed stone vaulting to nave and aisles. Aisles: N aisle of 5 bays, with one window each to W and E ends and 5 to N. S aisle is of 4 bays, with 4 S windows and one E window. At W end W tower takes place of what would be S aisle 5th bay. Circular stair turret to NE angle. Shallow angle buttresses and embattled parapet. Main entrance is to S elevation. Square- headed double doors within moulded round-arch with slender engaged columns. This is set in gabled bay which projects to line with buttresses and has carved lizard stops to moulding. Bell-stage has paired louvred openings, similar to windows but more deeply recessed and with 3 columns to each side of surround. At this level stair turret has blind arcading. Gargoyles lean out from tops of parapet angles. Interior: main enrichment of nave and aisles consists of engaged columns, folite carving to capitals, ribbed vaulting etc. Carved decoration to chancel panelling and choirstalls, organ (at E end of N aisle) and pulpit (projecting into nave from chancel). Gilded and painted reredos by Caroe, shows scenes of Annunciation, Nativity, angels and saints in canopied riches. Glass to E windows of chancel 1893 by Kempe. Nave has circular font with carved decoration of crosses and doves in circles. Pevsner, pp 164-5; Bedfordshire Record Office: R5/917, General Account: Cash Book.

Listing NGR: SP9504033273

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, (1968), 164-165

National Grid Reference: SP 95040 33273


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