SK8314 : Church of St Andrew, Whissendine

taken 1 year ago, near to Whissendine, Rutland, Great Britain

Church of St Andrew, Whissendine
Church of St Andrew, Whissendine
The nave looking west. The original roof line of the 13th century nave can be seen on the west wall. The arches, apart from the tower arch and the far bay of the nave, are all 13th century Early English work.
Church of St Andrew, Whissendine
Certainly one of the finest village churches in the county of Rutland, it makes an imposing impression when approached from the west along the village's main street.

The current church originates from the 13th century, although there was clearly an earlier church on the site. At that time it comprised a 4-bay nave with aisles, chancel and north transept. The arcades, chancel arch and arch between chancel and transept all date from this period and show various degrees of decoration. A feature of the north arcade, which is slightly the earlier, is the faces peering from the foliage of the capitals, whereas the south arcade capitals are all plain. This side does however have unusual grotesques on the hood mould stops.

An additional bay was added to the nave and aisles, with the latter being widened, in the 14th century, culminating in the impressive west tower. This rises to over 100 feet and is in a style transitional between Decorated and Perpendicular. A feature of the tower is the asymmetrical layout of the west and south faces due to the stair built into the south west corner.

The south transept was also added at this time. The roof was lowered in the 17th century, probably when the chancel roof was rebuilt in 1640, resulting in the removal also of the top of the large Perpendicular window.

The clerestory was added, as was typical, in the 15th century, and it seems likely that much of the timber carving of the nave roof dates from this time, although restored in 1728. See also LinkExternal link .

The aisle windows were also inserted during the 15th century.

The north side of the nave showed signs of falling outwards at a later stage, probably in the 17th century, and bracing arches and buttress were added at this time. As the 6 bays of the clerestory did not match the 5 of the arcade, one of the buttresses runs into one of the clerestory window lights.

Apart from the 14th century font, the fittings inside the church are largely of Victorian or later date. The chancel was largely rebuilt between 1865 and 1870 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, and this also saw the installation of the medieval screen from St John's College, Cambridge in the south aisle.

The only significant stained glass is the work in the east window by Kempe, part of the Victorian restoration.

The church is Listed Grade I.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 26 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8329 1430 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.1971N 0:46.0994W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8331 1430
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Church Interior  Church Nave  Early English Style  Grade I Listed 

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