Benington: All Saints

Benington: All Saints
Record Type:
Closed Church
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Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
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Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

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Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

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Exterior Image

Exterior of All Saints Church
Exterior of All Saints Church
Exterior view of All Saints Chuch
Year / Date:
Historic England
Historic England

Summary Description

Parish church. Early C13, C14, C15, 1873 restoration by James Fowler. Coursed squared limestone rubble and ashlar. Slate and lead roofs. Western tower, clerestoried nave, aisles, chancel, south porch. 2 stage late C14 tower with moulded plinth, string courses, parapet and corner buttresses each with a crocketed ogee with beast head corbels half way up. Beast head and fleuron corbel table. 2 light belfry openings with cusped transom and ogee heads to the lights, hood mould with human head stops. Fine west doorway with moulded surround containing quatrefoil frieze, flanked by ogee cusped pilasters which would have framed the door, but have been cut back when the west window was enlarged, flanked by cusped and crocketed niches. Large 4 light C15 window with hollow moulded surround and panelled tracery. Lead roofed C14 north aisle with 3 light C15 window in west end with cusped heads to the lights and panel tracery. Moulded plinth and chamfered eaves, on the north side with continuously moulded doorway having to west 2 and to east 3 two light C14 windows in moulded rectangular surrounds, with cusped ogee heads to the lights, all subdivided by stepped buttresses. A matching window to the east end. Battlemented clerestory of 6 three light C15 windows with panel tracery and linked hoods. At the east end of the nave an octagonal stair turret. Coursed squared limestone rubble nave with slate roof, C13, partly rebuilt C19. Roll moulded string course and corbel table. 4 lancets to north side. C15 east window of 5 lights with deeply moulded surround and panel tracery, flanked by C19 buttresses bearing a quatrefoil. On the south side 4 C15 3 light windows with cusped heads and panel tracery. Continuously moulded C14 restored priest's door. The south aisle has a 3 light reticulated C14 east window, restored C19, and on the south side 5 two light windows as the north side. In the west end a 3 light C14 reticulated window, matching the east end. Gabled C14 porch with lead roof with moulded outer arch with fleurons, octagonal responds and quatrefoil frieze to base. Contemporary continuously deeply moulded inner door. Interior. C14 6 bay nave arcades with 2 hollow chamfered orders and octagonal piers, responds and capitals on large circular C13 bases. C15 tower arch with double hollow chamfered arch, and octagonal responds. C14 nave roof pitch is fossilized in the tower wall. Early C13 chancel arch with a roll and a square moulding with 3 collared clustered shafts, with stiff leaf foliage. C15 nave roof with moulded principals of queen post construction, with arched braces, resting on cambered ties, in turn braced to posts, supported on carved corbels. Angel supporters with shields. In the east end of the north aisle a 4 centred arched doorway to the stair turret and a cusped headed piscina, with projecting octagonal bowl on corbel, with small trefoil headed niche adjacent. In the south aisle a trefoil headed piscina with cut back bowl. In the chancel a roll moulded cill course and lancets with shafted and roll moulded rear arches with foliate capitals. On both side walls, are the annular corbels and springing ribs for 4 bays of C13 vault, now vanished. In the south wall a C14 triple sedilia with ogee arches and clustered shafts, a pointed headed piscina, and a double aumbry with roll moulded surround. In the north wall a segmental headed moulded tomb recess, and 2 moulded pointed headed openings and a further single aumbry. Fittings. Fine C15 7 bay chancel screen, the central bay wider with double doors. Traceried panels, brattished segmental transoms with ogee tops and panel tracery. Restored coved canopy on fine clustered shafts. Carved and sculptured stone pulpit of 1864. Superb C14 sandstone octagonal font with pairs of figures under crocketed ogee niches to each face. Angel supporters to bowl. Pilastered stem also with figures, carved base, on 3 octagonal steps with 2 kneeling stones.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is closed for worship.
Date closed for worship: 01/03/2003
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Cathedral and Church Buildings Division (2014) Research into the Presence of Bats in Churches [Digital Archive/Data]
CCB project, summer 2014, to ascertain the presence or absence of bats in church building
James Miles (2018) Closed Churches [Digital Archive/Data]
Historic England (Unknown) Exterior of All Saints Church [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior of All Saints Church
Archbishops' Council (28th April 2006) Interior of All Saints Church [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior of All Saints Church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 6 Bells [Archive/Index]
6 Bells