Monument record MCC6955 - All Saints' Church, Inworth

Summary

Church walls are coursed flint-rubble mixed with puddingstone, freestone and Roman brick (see MCC6954).

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 8792 1784 (26m by 27m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL81NE
County ESSEX
Civil Parish MESSING-CUM-INWORTH, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

Church walls are coursed flint-rubble mixed with puddingstone, freestone and Roman brick (see MCC6954). Dressings are limestone and brick and the roofs are tiled. The chancel and nave were built around the middle of the C11. The chancel was extended later (MCC6956). The original end of the C11 chancel is marked by puddingstone quoins, making a straight joint 6ft from the present east end. C11 features include: windows in the chancel, one in the north wall with Roman bricks and puddingstone; the semi-circular chancel arch; W of the nave south doorway are the splays and round head of a blocked window, possibly C11 or C12.<1><2><4> Two-celled Saxon church of coursed puddingstone, without tile or dressed stone quoins. Two double-splayed windows, also without dressings. The nave may have been shortened. "It is interesting to note that there could never have been a N doorway in the nave. There are a few fragments of Roman brick in the fabric (what was used to turn the chancel arch, now plastered?)". Graded AIIIa by Rodwell.<3>

Site Assessment = There is an open drain all around the building. The structural history is straightforward, though the possibility that the nave was shortened should be checked if the chance arises. Similarly, if there is removal of plaster from the chancel arch, this should also be checked for the possible use of Roman brick to turn the arch. The church is alleged to be on the site of a Roman villa but Rodwell thinks this is doubtful. Medieval pottery has been found in grave-digging (see MCC6958).<3>

Five digital photographs of All Saints' Church, lnworth, taken August 2016.<5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, pp.138-139.
  • <2> Monograph: Bettley, James and Pevsner, Nikolaus. 2007. The buildings of England: Essex. pp.508-509.
  • <3> Monograph: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. Historic Churches: a wasting asset. p.110.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Department of the Environment. 1982. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Colchester Rural. p.261A.
  • <5> Photograph: Tipper, J.. 2016. Photographs of All Saints' Church, lnworth. Digital.

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Sep 15 2016 11:06AM

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