Normanton-on-Trent St Matthew

Official Listing Description

SK 76 NE





(west side)

Church of St. Matthew
(Formerly listed
as Church of St.Mathew)

Grade II*

Parish church. C13, C15, restored C19 and C20. Dressed coursed rubble and ashlar. Lead roofs, slate to chancel. Coped gables and single ridge cross to east chancel. Single stack to east end of north clerestory. Tower, nave, north and south aisles, south porch, and chancel. Buttressed. The diagonally buttressed tower with C20 parapet is set on a plinth with heavy moulded band over and string course at each juncture of the 3 stages. There is a single gargoyle to each side. The arched west window has 3 cusped lights. In the belfry are 4 C15 arched 2 light openings with panel tracery. There are 2 rectangular stair lights and 4 round tie plates. On the east is a single clock face. Abutting the north wall is a C20 ashlar and slate lean-to. The north aisle is diagonally buttressed at the west and has a damaged plinth band. A damaged string course, which drops under the windows, extends to the west and east walls. Single 3 light C15 window with cusping under a flat arch with hood mould and decorative label stops. To the left are 2 similar 2 light windows. The east wall has a single restored, arched, 2 light window with tracery and cusping. The C15 clerestory has 3 windows each with 2 cusped lights under a flat arch. Flanking the top of each window are single ashlar strips, remnants of hood moulds. At the juncture of aisle roof and clerestory is a moulded band. The north chancel wall with evidence of extension has a plinth and string course to the western most part and a single C15 window with 2 cusped lights under a flat arch and with hood mould. The east end is set on a plinth and has a single arched 3 light window with flowing tracery. A string course runs under. The south chancel has a central chamfered arched doorway with hood mould over, flanked by single C15 2 light windows with cusping, flat arches, hood moulds and label stops. That on the right is set higher. A string course, broken by the doorway extends under. The diagonally buttressed south aisle has in the east wall a single C15 3 light window with cusped reticulated tracery under a flat arch with hood mould and label stops over. The south wall has a single C15 arched 2 light window with tracery, cusping, hood mould and label stops. To the left is a single C15 2 light window with cusping, flat arch hood mould and label stops The south porch with single ridge cross has a moulded arched entrance supported on 2 slim engaged columns with moulded capitals and hood mould and label stops over. The east and west walls each have a single small arched and cusped light. The inner porch arched doorway has a hood mould and label stops over. The west south aisle wall has a single C15 3 light window with tracery and cusping under flat arch with hood mould over. The clerestory openings correspond to the north. Interior. 4 bay C13 nave arcades, the western most bays being cut into by the tower. The north arcade has 2 octagonal columns alternating with a single round column and semi-circular respond. All have moulded capitals and support double chamfered arches with a hood mould to the nave side. The south arcade has low octagonal piers and moulded capitals supporting double chamfered arches with hood mould to the nave side. 2 engaged octagonal columns with moulded capitals support the double chamfered chancel arch. The inner arch of the double chamfered tower arch is supported on corbels. At the east end of the south nave wall is an arched opening. In the nave are 3 corbels which would have supported a former roof. In the south chancel wall is a C15 arched and cusped piscina. There is a late C19 mosaic reredos. The north chancel wall has a fine monument to Roberti Curtys, 1680, consisting of a brass plaque with inscription set into a broad ashlar frame decorated with stylised trees, flora and a crest. There is a further monument to Philip Hall, 1780, with an urn on the crown and a crest on the decorative apron. The north chancel has a stained glass window by Mayer & Co., Munich and London, 1855 of Hope and Faith. The furniture is C19 apart from a C16 oak chest with iron fittings and a C17 altar table with turned legs.