SK9214 : Church of St Mary, Greetham

taken 4 years ago, near to Greetham, Rutland, Great Britain

Church of St Mary, Greetham
Church of St Mary, Greetham
The slender and airy north aisle arcade of the 14th century. Also visible is the early 18th century hatchment with the royal arms of George I.
Church of St Mary, Greetham
The church comprises nave with north and south aisles and south porch, chancel with vestry, and west tower with spire.

The present building dates from the early 13th century, although an earlier church existed and fragments were incorporated in the 19th century. Of the 13th century church, surviving work includes the chancel, the south arcade and aisle, the latter with later windows inserted. The chancel was reduced in length later, possibly in the 14th century, when the church was expanded. This work included the addition of the north aisle, the tower and spire, and the clerestory. The north aisle arcade has four arches compared with the three of the south aisle.

The chancel arch dates from this period and is unusual in being wider than the chancel itself, with the result that the part of the south wall of the chancel was rebuilt at an angle to accommodate it. The lancet window in this section is a 19th century addition, although the other two in the south wall of the chancel are original 13th century.

The tower and spire appear to have been built as a single project, and are a fine example of the Decorated period broach spire of the region. Three tiers of lucarnes are all placed in the cardinal faces, rather than alternating. The deep-set bell-chamber windows show different tracery on the north/south faces compared with the east/west.

There are several items of interest inside the church. The oldest elements are fragments of Saxon and Norman stonework built into the west wall of the south aisle when this was rebuilt in 1897. The south aisle arcade was dismantled and re-erected at this time also.

The font is 13th century in the form of a capital with square top, incorporating carved heads at the corners and dog-tooth moulding. The pulpit is Jacobean, although somewhat restored. Behind it is an ornate wall monument of the early 18th century. Probably also of the Jacobean period are the interesting set of oak panels surrounding the altar. These are not original to the church, and are thought to originate from a church in Sussex. The Victoria County History records them as the gift of Mrs. George Finch, with no date indicated. They display a variety of Old Testament scenes together with a number of heads of apostles, and animals.

On the north aisle wall there is a hatchment of the royal arms from the reign of George I.

The church has a ring of six bells. Five of these were recast in 1923 from the original ring of four by the Croydon firm of Gillett and Johnson. This recasting was done as a memorial to the dead of the First World War. The original bells dated from between 1650 and 1741, and the old inscriptions were transferred to the new bells. A sixth bell was added in 1949. According to The Church Bells of Rutland, Thomas North, 1880, the condition of the bells at that stage was appalling and they could not be rung, so the refurbishment was well needed.

The church is Listed Grade I. Comprehensive details are available in the Victoria County History for Rutland LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 24 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
14th Century 
Person (from Tags)
King George I 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9244 1465 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.2968N 0:37.9679W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9244 1465
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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