Whickham: St Mary the Virgin

Whickham: St Mary the Virgin
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Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: Whickham

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 image of 613090  St Mary the Virgin, Whickham
Exterior image of 613090 St Mary the Virgin, Whickham
Photograph of the exterior of St Mary the Virgin, Whickham
Year / Date:
2017, June 01
This image is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.
Dave Kelly (of geograph.org.uk)

Summary Description

G.V. I Parish church. C12 nave,C13 aisles, C14 porch and tower; porch sundial dated 1651; 1819 restoration by Dobson; 1860-62 restoration, and addition of second north aisle, vestry and organ chamber and new roof, by Salvin. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings and plinth; roof of graduated Lakeland slate with stone gable copings; stone slate roof to porch. West tower with north stair turret; aisled nave with south porch and second north aisle; 2 north aisles to chancel. Low diagonal and south buttresses to tower with plate-traceried 3-light west window; upper stages have lancet windows beneath paired shouldered bell openings and battlemented parapet; clock dial on south. Plate tracery also to west windows of aisles and to 2-light pointed windows of first and third bays of south aisle; bar tracery to 4-light window in fourth bay and 3-light in east end of aisle with buttress between 3rd and 4th bays and diagonal buttresses. 2nd north aisle has plate tracery to 2-light pointed windows under 4 gables separated by large gargoyles. 4-bay chancel has priets' door under round drip-mould in third bay; round-headed windows under corbel table in first, second and fourth, and 3-light arcaded east window, with clasping buttresses and one low east buttress. Interior: slight chamfers to round-arched 4-bay nave arcades with simple leaf capitals; original south arcade has guttae to capitals. Slight chamfer also to rebuilt round chancel arch on scalloped-capitalled half columns.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

PCC (2017) Interior View [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior View
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 3599 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 11
Dave Kelly (of geograph.org.uk) (2017, June 01) Exterior image of 613090 St Mary the Virgin, Whickham [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 613090  St Mary the Virgin, Whickham
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/13681/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Nikolaus Pevsner (1985) Buildings of England Volume: County Durham [Bibliography/Monograph]
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 9 Bells [Archive/Index]
9 Bells