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St Mary, Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire

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Feature Sets (2)

Description

Of red sandstone ashlar; a small 12thc. nave and chancel had a tower added in the 14thc., serving as a porch to the S doorway when the chancel was extended. A large N chapel was added in 1414, extended in 1561. Restored 1858-9, and vestry added to N chapel.

History

At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor of Hampton was held by Sheriff Urse d'Abitot. Until 1077 it had belonged to the abbot of Evesham. It had passed to the Lovett family by the early 13thc.

Features

Exterior Features

Doorways

N doorway, blocked

Round-headed, of two orders with tympanum and lintel.

Dimensions
h. of opening 3.56 m
w. of opening 1.86 m
First order

The tympanum is decorated only with raised borders all round. The lintel has a row of raised saltires on its face. It rests on plain jambs without imposts, and may be at a lower level than originally built, as the lower lintel edge is level with the necking of the second order capitals. A crescent arch has been inserted above the tympanum to fill the gap between the orders resulting from the difference in their springing levels. This looks modern.

Second order

Plain, detached nook-shafts to very eroded moulded bases on plain square plinths.

L capital: plain cushion with plain necking, perhaps a replacement, with square, chamfered abacus.

R capital: as L capital.

The arch has a heavy angle roll. The label is heavy, plain, square and chamfered.

Comments/Opinions

Doorways set in a projecting bay, as here, occur in a number of churches in the county (see Preface to Worcestershire).

Bibliography

  • The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.III. London 1913, 154-58, 156-57.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 45, 183.
Exterior, general view, from S

Location

Site Location
Hampton Lovett
National Grid Reference
SO 888 655 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Worcestershire
now: Worcestershire
Diocese
medieval: Worcester
now: Worcester
Dedication
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
G. L. Pearson