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St Nicholas is now a Grade 11* listed building

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Date Posted: 02.10.2017

St Nicholas is now a Grade 11* listed building

We are delighted to announce that having considered the recommendation of Historic England, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to amend the entry for Church of St Nicholas on the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The building is listed at Grade II*. Or in other words, St Nicholas is one of the top 6% most significant buildings in the UK.

Comments from Heritage England's report:

“ In addition to the 1862-4 interior fittings all the monuments from the earlier church on the site were reinstated. These include a magnificent Baroque marble monument occupying the full height and width of the former north chapel to Dame Dorothy Brownlowe (d 1699) by the distinguished sculptor William Stanton. She was the wife of Sir William Brownlow whose principal seat was Belton House in Lincolnshire, where Stanton was master mason, but her father held the manor of Sutton. The monument is of more than special design interest.”

 “There are several other fine C18 and early C19 monuments and their number is unusually large. The quality and number of the monuments is unusual and notable, and as the Listing Selection Guide makes clear this can lead to a higher grade than would otherwise be warranted for the church alone. This is believed to be the case here with the Brownlowe monument worthy of particular mention.”


Having considered all the available evidence the church of St Nicholas is recommended for upgrading to Grade II*.


The Church of St Nicholas, a flint and stone church in Gothic style of 1862-4 designed by Edwin Nash,replacing a medieval parish church, is recommended for upgrading to Grade II* for the following principal reasons:

 Architectural interest:

* As one of the architect's most impressive and complete churches;

* The church contains an unusually high number of monuments, from the early C17 onwards, many transferred from the earlier parish church on the site, some of which are of more than special interest; also charity boards and a medieval piscina from the earlier church;

* The Brownlowe Monument is a major work by the sculptor William Stanton.

 Group value:

* The church is part of a related group including the Gibson Mausoleum and a number of churchyard monuments.

 This is a good quality Gothic church, already recognised as being of special interest by its longstanding Grade II listing. Our current reassessment, noting in particular the number and quality of monuments internally, some of which are early and or more than special interest, overall lifts the quality of the ensemble to a higher level of interest. Therefore upgrading to Grade II* is recommended.”