Monument record MCC3791 - Church of St Peter, Boxted


C12 and later church.


Grid reference Centred TL 9983 3323 (29m by 19m)
Map sheet TL93SE
County ESSEX


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Full Description

Listed Building - C12 and later church.
Norman W. tower chiefly of puddingstone. Several exposed or blocked contemporary windows. Completed early in the C16 in brick, with diagonal buttresses, renewed top parts and battlements. The walls of the rest of the church are a similar mix. Chancel with N. and S. Perp windows. The rest much pulled about in the C17 and C18. Two dormer windows on the S. side, one in the nave, one (dated 1604) in the S. aisle. Blocked Norman windows in the nave (N. side, above the arcade). Arcades probably C14. W. gallery on cast-iron columns, 1836, by Joseph Salmon. Restoration by A.W. Blomfield, 1870. Nave roof with three crown-posts on tie beams, chncel roof boarded with painted decoration by Howell & Bellion 1999.<4>

2000: Eight inspection holes were opened in the pew platforms to asssess the ground conditions with a view to replacing the pew platforms with solid flooring on the same level as the brick pavers in the alleys. The conclusion was that the floor level had been lowered when the brick floor and the pew platforms were installed in the 1830s.<2>
Other observations were that the nave and chancel have scissor-braced roofs which should date to the 13th or 14th centuries. The crown-post visible in the nave may be contemporary with the scissor-braced one which can be seen above the ceiling from within the tower. This would be unusual, and possibly the crown-post construction was inserted below an earlier roof.<2>
2001: Subsidence at the west end of the central alley led to an investigation involving the excavation of a hole 1m x 1.6m. Three stone slabs, with no inscriptions, were revealed. These probably marked the graves of the Robertson family. The slabs appear to have been put over the grave cuts rather than sealing brick built cists.<2>
2004: It was proposed to make the level of the gallery the same as that of the nave. Investigations showed that the floor in the gallery area had been raised. The rubble encountered included Roman tile. Any future work will require archaeological monitoring.<2> Photo. <1>
2005: The nave floor was rebuilt on one level and the subterranean bolier house outside on the north side of the church was rebuilt. Three vaults were identified. One belonged to James and Elizabeth Grimwood, one to Mary Hooker and the other unidentified.<2>

AP ref.<3>

11 digital photographs of Church of St Peter, Boxted, taken August 2016.<5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Photograph: Andrews, D. 2004. Brick floor. slide.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Andrews, D. 2005. Boxted St Peter - Observations on the reflooring of the nave.
  • <3> AP: unknown. 1988. 89-1.
  • <4> Monograph: Bettley, James and Pevsner, Nikolaus. 2007. The buildings of England: Essex. pp.160-161.
  • <5> Photograph: Tipper, J.. 2016. Photographs of Church of St Peter, Boxted. Digital.

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Sep 16 2016 1:07PM

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