St Mary, Ilmington, Warwickshire

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Feature Sets (3)


A large church with W tower, a wide aisleless nave, chancel and N and S transepts. The W and S faces of the base of the tower, the chancel arch and the N and S nave walls and doorways are 12thc.

The W and S faces of the tower have chamfered round-headed windows, built into buttresses. The W window has been heavily repaired with mortar. Another window, round-headed of two plain orders is found in the N wall of the nave. There is also a chamfered (but otherwise plain) arch of four orders to the tower with three orders on the E.

The church, of brown Cotswold type stone, was drastically restored in 1846. (VCH)


DS mentions a priest at Ilmington. The advowson descended with the manor.


Exterior Features


N doorway

Segmental arch, of two orders. The lower part of the opening is blocked, and a modern window has been inserted in the upper part.

w. of opening 1.11 m
R capital
h. incl. necking 0.25 m
w. 0.14 m
L capital
h. incl. necking 0.19 m
h. not incl. necking 0.165 m
w. 0.14 m
First order

No plinth or base visible above concrete cover. Plain, chamfered jambs. The impost is chamfered, with an incised line along the upright and continues to the label.

The arch is plain.

Second order.

No plinth or base, attached coursed nook shafts.

L capital: double scallop with sheathed cones.

R capital: very eroded, but probably double scallop without sheathed cones.

The arch is plain and the label is chamfered, followed by an incised line.

No interior remains.

S doorway

Owing to later building, including the installation of a later four-centred arch over the present doorway, only part of the original arch survives, separated in the centre by a niche with a cinquefoil canopy over.

The voussoirs has two rows of centrifugal chevron, of the profile roll, fillet, hollow, and are carved lateral to the face. Lozenges are formed on the angle, each with a central pyramidal boss.

The label has one row of chevron carved lateral to the face, followed by a small roll. Round pellets are carved beneath each chevron along the angle. No interior remains.

w. of doorway 1.82 m

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

R capital: cushion capital with angle tuck.

L capital: cushion capital with angle tuck, sheathing and a pointed leaf at the center of each cone, this just touching the shield which stands proud of the cone. The W face has a double cone.

The arch is plain.

Chancel arch

Round-headed, of three orders to the W and two to the E. Of light brown stone. There has been some recutting.

First order, E face

as first order, W face.

First order, W face

No visible plinth or base.

The jambs are chamfered with conical stop-chamfers. These mimic a cushion capital, with a small fillet on the angle and necking. Heavily restored.

The impost is chamfered and continues to the walls of the nave. The arch is plain.

Second order, E face

As second order, W face except for capitals.

L capital: as second order, W face.

R capital: cushion capital.

Second order, W face

Square plinth supporting simple ?attic bases, both seem restored. Detached nook shafts followed by capitals integral with the masonry of the jambs.

Third Order, W face

As second order except for capitals.

L capital: a crudely carved mask is carved on the angle. It has a strap emanating from the mouth, forming two double strands which separate and curl round and up towards the ears of the mask, at which point the strands separate to form a trumpet shape. The trumpet on the W face is larger than that on the S. From the necking, on the angle, another two double strands rise, separating to form an arc on each face which intersects the upper strands.

R capital: sheathed double scallop capital, shared cone in the angle.

The arch is plain.


Holy Trinity church at Ettington also has a window built into a buttress.


  • VCH 5:103


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SP 212 435 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Warwickshire
now: Warwickshire
medieval: Worcester
now: Coventry and Lichfield
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Mary
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Harry Sunley