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Church Micro 3988...Manuden

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Hidden : 08/24/2013
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St Mary the Virgin, Manuden

The flint-coated church of St Mary the Virgin, Manuden dates back to 1143 but, although it retains some Norman features, it was largely rebuilt between 1863-67.

Although there is no trace of any previous building it is reasonable to assume that there was one as Manuden church is built upon a circular mound which suggests an ancient site. The present building, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, is a much restored medieval church, which suffered partial rebuilding of its chancel in 1746 and drastic major restoration of the entire building, except the north transept, in 1863-67. Fortunately, some interesting work does survive notably the magnificent early 15th century chancel screen, north transept and nave roof with king-post construction.

The North Transept, built c. 1400, was probably paid for by the Bataille family of Battles Hall, Manuden - a manor not mentioned in the Domesday Survey but undoubtedly in existence then. Early reports mention stained glass windows with ancient coats-of-arms, including those of the Bataille family. There was probably an altar under the east window. The west window was removed about 1777 when a door was inserted and the ancient stone head in the left-hand frame of the north window was found buried in the wall over the window arch. In the south eastern corner splayed walling conceals the original staircase to the former rood loft. Later lords of Battles Manor also used this transept as their private chapel and like Sir William Waad are buried here. Also interred here are two members of the Knight family of Pinchpools Manor.


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