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Monument details

HER Number:TQ 93 SE 74
Type of record:Listed Building


Grade I listed building. Main construction periods 1200 to 1824. Parish church with a 13th century nave, chancel and aisles 14th century, tower arch and buttresses 15th century. The tower was rebuilt in 1777 and the north porch added 1784.

Grid Reference:TQ 98987 32512
Map Sheet:TQ93SE

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1200 AD to 2050 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (I) 1071183: CHURCH OF ST MATTHEW

Full description

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Description from record TQ 93 SE 1:
[TQ 9898 3251] St. Matthew's Church (NAT). (1) The Church of St. Matthew, Warehorne,. The nave arcades and the aisles are advanced Early English, c.1250. The chancel has late Decorated windows on the north and south and a Perpendicular east window. The tower was rebuilt in brick after damage in 1777. (2) In normal use. (3) WAREHORNE Dutch gable dates from 1784. 0/1 B Church of Parish Church. St. Matthew Chancel and Nave without Chancel arch between them, the Nave having Aisles, a North Porch and West Tower. The Nave is C.13; the Chancel and the Aisles C.14; the Tower arch and buttresses C.15; the Tower was rebuilt in red brick and grey headers in 1777; the North Porch in the same materials with a shaped Ductch gable dates from 1784. St. Matthew, Warehorne, without and within most enjoyably unrestored.Big bleak red-brick wet tower of 1776 and a small red- brick north porch with a compass gable. Otherwise externally all is Decorated. Full architectural details. (4) Additional bibliography. (5) Additional bibliography - not consulted. (6) (7)

The following text is from the original listed building designation:
TQ 93 SE WAREHORNE CHURCH ROAD (south side) 5/151 Church of St. Matthew 27.11.57 GV I Parish church. C13, with C14 aisles and chancel, tower of 1777 and north porch 1784. Ragstone with brick tower and porch. Plain tiled roofs. Chancel, nave with aisles, western tower and north porch. Three stage western tower with offset angle buttresses, plat bands and parapet, with north-west stair turret. Leaded cross-window and belfry lights, with simple segmentally headed western doorway. Rebuilt 1777 after lightning destroyed the old tower in 1770. Aisles with tall plinth with 2 light and 3 light C14 windows with cusped intersecting tracery. Chancel with square headed late C14 windows with cusped tracery. Perpendicular East window of 4 lights. The east window of the north aisle appears to incorporate an earlier tracery pattern built into later C14 window (due to restoration at some later date, perhaps). Red and blue chequered brick porch with segmental gable and dated keystone over door inscribed 1784. C18 panelled south door. Interior: C15 tower arch survives; tall arch with wave moulded surround on round moulded responds, with wave and hollow chamfered inner arch. Three bay arcades in nave, with round piers of Bethersden marble, with deep undercut capitals and double chamfered arches. North-western respond with fine carved head. Roof of 4 crown posts on moulded tie beams with quatrefoil pierced knee braces. Aisles with roofs of 4 short moulded crown-posts, almost as high as the nave roof. Eastern most side windows in each case with reveals brought down as seating. Depressed arched doors and passage doors to former rood stair and loft. No chancel arch, just a stepping-in, with roof of 3 spindly crown posts on 1 unmoulded and 2 moulded tie beams with blank traceried knee braces, the wall plate with stylised flower enrichment. The easternmost window reveals to north and south brought down to form seating. Fittings: window seat to chancel south wall enriched as sedilia with integral piscina in the eastern angle, a coved niche in the western angle, with deeply undercut naturalistic vine frieze, damaged. Arched aumbrey in east wall. C20 carved wooden reredos flanked by e.C18 text boards. C19 altar rail; pulpit of 1905. Ogee headed shelved piscina in south aisle with adjacent aumbrey. Simple C17 Bethersden marble font. Box pews in nave, installed 1738 (north side) (centre) and 1839 (south side). Screen to tower with simple panels and panelled door with scrolled and pedimented surround to Royal Arms, dated 1708; painted at the same time as the text boards in chancel, the Lord's prayer and Creed against the tower, and 4 sentence boards in the aisles (and by the same craftsman who painted the hall archway at Leacon Hall, Warehorne, item 5/153 also in 1708). Tower with boarded octagonal stair inserted 1820. Lugged benefaction board dated 1824 in south aisle. Fragments of C14 glass (figures) in north and south aisles, and heraldic and floral fragments in chancel. Patches of painted foliage in south aisle and by font in nave. Quarry tiles and some old encaustic tiles throughout, and medieval coffin lid in 3 sections by south door. Memorials: brass plaque in nave to Thomas Jely, d.1438; plain white bolection moulded wall tablet to John Camley, d.1681, and white marble plaque at nave east end to Joseph Hodges and family (1802 onwards), with Arms on apron, 2 ball finials and urn over. A board hung below the corbel head at the north end records that J. Woolley, Churchwarden, painted the church in 1850-1-2. (See B.O.E. Kent I, 591-2; church guide). Listing NGR: TQ9871832459 (8)

Historic Engalnd archive material: BF053065 ST MATTHEWS CHURCH, WAREHORNE File of material relating to a site or building. This material has not yet been fully catalogued. Copyright, date, and quantity information for this record may be incomplete or inaccurate

<1> OS 6" 1961 (OS Card Reference). SKE48369.

<2> Kent 1935 295 (JC Cox) (OS Card Reference). SKE45690.

<3> F1 ASP 01-MAR-63 (OS Card Reference). SKE41872.

<4> DOE (HHR) East Ashford Rd Kent July 1955 54 (OS Card Reference). SKE40558.

<5> Bldgs of Eng W Kent & the Weald 2nd Ed 1980 591-2 (J Newman) (OS Card Reference). SKE37953.

<6> Field report for monument TQ 93 SE 1 - March, 1963 (Bibliographic reference). SKE4717.

<7> Diocese of Canterbury (Hugh Richmond), 2002, Warehorne, St Matthew:Diocesan church survey (Unpublished document). SKE29528.

<8> English Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Map). SKE16160.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>OS Card Reference: OS 6" 1961.
<2>OS Card Reference: Kent 1935 295 (JC Cox).
<3>OS Card Reference: F1 ASP 01-MAR-63.
<4>OS Card Reference: DOE (HHR) East Ashford Rd Kent July 1955 54.
<5>OS Card Reference: Bldgs of Eng W Kent & the Weald 2nd Ed 1980 591-2 (J Newman).
<6>Bibliographic reference: Field report for monument TQ 93 SE 1 - March, 1963.
<7>Unpublished document: Diocese of Canterbury (Hugh Richmond). 2002. Warehorne, St Matthew:Diocesan church survey.
<8>XYMap: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. [Mapped feature: #22546 Church, ]