SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston

taken 3 years ago, near to Ayston, Rutland, Great Britain

Church of St Mary, Ayston
Church of St Mary, Ayston
The nave looking east. Early 13th century Transitional arcade to north aisle, late 13th century Early English arcade to south aisle. Fragmentary wall paintings LinkExternal link above the 15th century chancel arch and on north wall.
Church of St Mary, Ayston
This is one of several churches in Rutland now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust LinkExternal link

It is a very typical church, consisting of nave with north and south aisles, chancel, west tower and south porch. As with most in the area it started as a simple Norman church of nave and chancel, but no significant work of this period remains. The north aisle was added in the 13th century, in Transitional style. The south aisle was added in the late 13th century in Early English style, and widened in the 14th. The tower was added towards the end of that century. In the 15th century, the chancel was completely rebuilt in Perpendicular style, and at the same time new windows were inserted in the south aisle and the porch added. Little change to the appearance was made during later restorations.

Inside, the church is very light due to the 15th century clerestory and south aisle windows. The two arcades are similar but the earlier north arcade still has rounded arches. Notable features include fragments of wall paintings on medieval and 18th century date, and the fine 15th century stained glass in the east window of the south aisle.

The church retains early 19th century box pews in the nave, but the furnishing of the chancel, including the pulpit and screen, was gifted by the Finch family in 1937. The font is unusual in dating from the 18th century, and there is a double-effigy tombstone of the 14th century in the north aisle, which was brought in from the churchyard.

For a more detailed description, see British History Online LinkExternal link . Listed Grade II*.
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, 8 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 13 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
13th Century 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8594 0096 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.9787N 0:43.9544W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8593 0096
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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