St Andrew's church, Epworth :: Shared Description


Grade I listed

The church is built on higher ground north of the town, and is famous for its connection with John Wesley who grew up in the town.
It dates from the late twelfth century onwards and is mostly fourteenth to fifteenth century.
The nave arcades are early thirteenth century and the chancel was rebuilt in the 1670's. Part of a Saxon building was found recently under the floor.

The church consists of a western tower, nave with north and south aisles and clerestory, chancel with organ chamber and vestry, and north and south porches.

The fifteenth century tower is of three stages with buttresses to the west side. The top stage has gargoyles and embattled parapet with crocketted pinnacles. The tower has large buttresses to the east internally. There are eight bells.

The nave aisles embrace the tower with three and a half bay arcades which have octagonal piers.
The chancel was rebuilt in 1675, having been partly destroyed during the Civil War. The side chapels were removed around the same time.

There is a plain octagonal font from the decorated period.

The nave was re-roofed in 1782 and the names of the Church Wardens and Carpenter are visible on the beams. In 1868 major restorations were carried out under James Fowler, when the organ chamber was built, an existing gallery removed and the aisles were re-roofed.

An extensive program of repairs was carried out from 1999 to 2014 with major works on the nave, chancel and south aisle roofs, plus structural strengthening, and renewing the tower roof. The interior of the church was refurbished with a new limestone floor and a ringer's gallery created in the tower with a meeting room underneath. The pews were also removed.

The church has a two manual Abbot and Smith organ and several stained glass windows.
by Julian P Guffogg

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SE7804 : St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Organ, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : West window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : East window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Interior, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Stained glass window, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg
SE7804 : Interior, St Andrew's church, Epworth by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Sun, 15 Apr 2018, Updated: Sun, 15 Apr 2018

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