St Mary the Virgin, Sawston, Cambridgeshire

Feature Sets (2)

Description

A flint and pebble church consisting of nave and aisles with an aisleless 13thc. chancel and a W tower with a lead spike and an external Sanctus bell. A vestry was added to the S of the tower in the 19thc. The three W bays of both nave arcades date from the later 12thc., while the two E bays are 13thc.

History

In 1086 Pirot held 4 hides from Eudo fitzHubert, the Abbot of Grestain held 2 hides from the Count of Mortain and Roger held 2 hides from Geoffrey de Mandeville.

Features

Interior Features

Arcades

Nave

N arcade

Pier 2, W respond: square pier with coursed nook shafts at angles, supporting plain bell capitals with plain neckings and hollow chamfered imposts.

Pier 3: Octagonal column with low octagonal bell capital. Plain necking, hollow chamfered impost.

Pier 4: Round column with multi-scallop capital, the flutes of the scallops at the angles decorated with rows of beading.

W respond: As Pier 2 W respond. All arches are plain and semicircular.

S arcade

Pier 2 W respond: Attached half column with bell capital. Plain necking, hollow chamfered impost.

Pier 3: Round column with bell capital. Plain necking, hollow chamfered impost.

Pier 4: As N arcade pier 3.

W respond: Attached half column with multi-scallop capital, pleats between flutes of scallops. Plain necking, chamfered impost. All arches are plain and semicircular.

Comments/Opinions

Bibliography

  • C. H. Evelyn-White, County Churches: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. London 1911, 150-52.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Cambridgeshire, Harmondsworth 1954 (2nd ed. 1970), 452-53.

Location

Site Location
Sawston
National Grid Reference
TL 488 492 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Cambridgeshire
now: Cambridgeshire
Diocese
medieval: not confirmed
now: Ely
Dedication
now: St Mary the Virgin
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Ron Baxter