Church of St Mary, Ayston :: Shared Description

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*.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK8500 : Medieval roundel, St Mary's church, Ayston by Julian P Guffogg
SK8500 : Bench mark, St Mary's Church, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Organ, St Mary's church, Ayston by Julian P Guffogg
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Interior, St Mary's church, Ayston by J.Hannan
SK8500 : St Mary's church, Ayston by Julian P Guffogg
SK8500 : Heraldic Stained glass window, St Mary's church, Ayston by Julian P Guffogg
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Interior, St Mary's church, Ayston by J.Hannan
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Medieval Stained glass window, St Mary's church, Ayston by Julian P Guffogg
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8500 : Church of St Mary, Ayston by Alan Murray-Rust

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