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St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale (Middleton-in-Teesdale)

Church of St Mary, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002
Church of St Mary, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002

Church of St Mary, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002
Church of St Mary, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002

Church of St Mary, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002
Church of St Mary, Middleton-in-Teesdale © DCC 2002

Oblique view of front of St. Mary's Church and churchyard, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
Oblique view of front of St. Mary's Church and churchyard, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

Left front view of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
Left front view of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

External view of nave of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
External view of nave of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

Churchyard in front of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
Churchyard in front of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

West end of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
West end of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

Second view of west end of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016
Second view of west end of St. Mary's Church, Town Head, Middleton-in-Teesdale May 2016

Parish church. 1878 by C. Hodgson Fowler on medieval church site. Squared sandstone in courses of varied thickness with quoins and ashlar dressings; roof of graduated grey/green slates with roll-moulded ridge tiles and stone gable coping. 4-bay aisled nave with south porch; 3-bay chancel with north vestry and organ chamber. Steps up to open arch in buttressed porch under steep gable; inner double boarded doors with strap hinges; both arches pointed, the outer with 3 hollow chamfers under leaf-stopped dripmould, the inner with beakhead corbels, 2 wide chamfers. Pointed-arched windows, with cusped Y-tracery in aisles and chancel; 3-light in east end of south aisle with intersecting tracery; similar style 4-light west window. Cusped reticulated tracery in 5-light east window; stepped sill string to chancel. 2-light square-headed clerestory windows with cusped tracery. Stone cross finials on nave and on lower chancel; coping also on pent aisle roofs.

Interior: painted plaster with ashlar arcades and dressings; collared king- post nave roof on corbels; panelled chancel roof. Double-chamfered pointed arcades on octagonal piers; similar chancel arch on head-corbelled shafts. Re-used 2-light medieval window in organ chamber. Tub font on medieval octagonal pedestal and 3 chamfered medieval shafts. 14 grave covers (some incomplete) with incised decoration, and some fragments of chevron moulding, built into north wall. North chancel wall has small brass to Simon Comyer d.1620, with brass coat of arms above. C19 chancel screen and furnishings. Glass includes some late C19; 2 windows dated and signed 1982 by G. Maile Studio, Canterbury - including St. Miriam, to an organist. Early C19 poor box with 2 locks and inscription in Roman capitals.

The church also contains a number of features dedicated as war memorials (1-2).

Reference number:D37564
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
First World War (1914 to 1918)
Second World War (1939 to 1945)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1322768

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Source of Reference
Local History of Middleton-in-Teesdale


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