Monument record MCC7113 - St Andrews Church, Fingringhoe

Summary

Church, walls of flint and limestone rubble, dressings of limestone and brick.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 0296 2038 (31m by 23m) (FCE)
Map sheet TM02SW
County ESSEX
Civil Parish FINGRINGHOE, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

Church, walls of flint and limestone rubble, dressings of limestone and brick. Nave C12, chancel arch rebuilt C14 together with south aisle and tower. Late in C14 the chancel was rebuilt and the south chapel and south porch added. The south end of the porch was rebuilt in C15 or early C16. RCHM has photos of church and south porch. North vestry is modern, but on old foundations. The west tower has flint chequer work in the plinth, as has the south porch, the latter also has flush work. Features and fittings include: C12, C14, C15 and C16 windows; C14 and C15 doorways; early C16 chancel and nave roofs; C15 nave roof, part missing; one early C16 bell; C13 consecration cross on SW respond of nave; late C14 door in south doorway (photo in RCHM); late C14 font; C15 font cover (photo in RCHM); C14, C15 and C16 wall paintings; C14 piscina and sedile. <1><2><3><9>

Norman nave; tower, south aisle and chancel are C14. South arcade is no more than cutting of arches through Norman south wall. Dedication could be St Ouen or St Audoen, patron saint of Rouen, according to source 5.<4><5> Complex church with many features of interest. Chequerwork of south porch parapet repaired with medieval glazed floor tiles. Statuary has been found in restoration. Graded BBIIc by Rodwell.<6><7><8>

Site Assessment = South porch has interesting detail and the remains of paintings are noteworthy. RCHM reported church in bad condition.<1> "Visually quite exceptionally successful, owing to position, the view to the E, and the little pond with oak trees below to the W, and also to upkeep. The merit is that of not having done too much". Unusually, much still visible of the wall paintings, if faintly. <4> Features of interest mainly well displayed. Tower is good example of decorative bandied work, south porch has some fine chequerwork (needs restoration). The church has been well studied, a model of what could have been done in many other parishes in the last 50 years or so.

See also Bettley & Pevsner 2014, pp.362-363.<10>

Two digital photographs of the church taken in July 2016.<11>

2007 assessment report by Karen Fielder with David Andrews.<12>

Sources/Archives (15)

  • --- Photograph: Tipper, J.. 2016. Photographs of St Andrew's Church, Fingringhoe. Digital.
  • --- Historic Building Recording: Fielder, Karen. 2007. Fingringhoe Church.
  • --- AP: Wallis, S. 1993. SWC2-27.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, pp.100-101.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <3> Photograph: unknown. 1981. TM02-105.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Pevsner, N. 1954. The Buildings of England, Essex. p166.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Benton, GM. 1938. DESC TEXT by Benton, GM.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. pp107-108.
  • <7> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. 1930. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. New Series, Vol 19, pp203-204.
  • <8> DESC TEXT: British Archaeology Association. 1937. J Brit Archaeol Ass. Series 2, Vol 2, pp155-191.
  • <9> DESC TEXT: Department of the Environment. 1982. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Colchester Rural. p129.
  • <10> Monograph: Bettley, James and Pevsner, Nikolaus. 2007. The buildings of England: Essex. pp.362-363.
  • <11> Photograph: Tipper, J.. 2016. Photographs of St Andrew's Church, Fingringhoe. Digital.
  • <12> Historic Building Recording: Fielder, Karen. 2007. Fingringhoe Church.

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Aug 16 2018 2:59PM

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