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Monument Name Liston church
SMR Number 8541
Summary Parish church (dedication unknown) nave and chancel C12 in origin, chancel widened c.1230, chancel arch removed (C15?).
Liston Church, Liston, Braintree
Liston Church, Liston, Braintree
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Description Parish church (dedication unknown) nave and chancel C12 in origin, chancel widened c.1230, chancel arch removed (C15?). Tower is brick, C16, restored C19, north vestry, south porch and south chapel added. <1> Charter of William I demostrates church in existence by c.1087. <2> Brick vault on side of chancel noted during replacement- brick unfrogged 230mm x 105mm x 65mm, sandy, well made (example kept) some Suffolk white bricks in vault roof. Small hole showed lead-covered coffins or vacks. Most monuments in church (prior to 'restoration' of chancel in mid C19) are C18, suggest date of vault is also. <4> Watching brief 1985 on replacement of wooden flooring on south side of the chancel revealed loose dry sand and rubble overlying the top of a brick vault at a depth of 200mm. A small hole at the western end of the vault showed coffins inside. These appeared to be stacked on an iron rack on at least 2 levels. <7> Note dating to 1994 records that at a meeting to renew the pew platforms it was recalled that when a dry area was dug around part of the church the footings of the continuation of the south cjhancel wall were noted on the north side. Clearly the chancel was longer than at present and it was reduced no later than the 18th century (to judge from nearby graves). <5> Notes on the renewal of the pew platforms, records a series of burnt patches, interpreted as working hearths, in one layer. Sealing this layers were bedding layers for tiles or pammets. Only finds from the work were a Victorian 'bun' penny and three yellow brick pavoirs of the sort that are in the porch. <6> Site Assessment = See Rodwell 1977, 112 <3>
Monument Type(s) CHURCH (Dated 1066AD to 1539AD)
Monument Class(es) EXTANT BUILDING
Period 1066AD to 1539AD Medieval
Status Not Known
Administration Area LISTON, BRAINTREE, ESSEX
National Grid Reference Square: TL84SE
Ref: 852447
Finds None listed
Events SURVEY by Priddy, DA,

Sources <1> Desc Text : An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 1 (RCHME) Vol I, p169 Dated : 1916

<2> Desc Text : The Early Charters of Essex: The Norman Period (Hart, C) p12 Dated : 1957

<3> Desc Text : CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset (Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA) p112 Dated : 1977

<4> Desc Text : SMR (Priddy, DA) Dated : 1985

<5> Desc Text : Liston Church Notes on the renewal of the pew platforms (Andrews, David) Dated : 1999

<6> Aerial Photo : 107-15 (unknown) Dated : 1989

<7> Desc Text : Burial vault in Liston Church TL84-30 (Priddy, DA?) Dated : 1985