Roxton – St Mary Magdalene

Roxton - St Mary

The church of St Mary the Virgin in Roxton is situated to the east of the centre of the village on School Lane which leads to the A1 with access to the North. There is no direct access to the village from the A1. Parking is available by the roadside outside the church.

Patron Saint: St Mary Magdalene

Web Site: St Mary Magdalene, Roxton


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The church is of brown cobbles with some ashlar dressings and consists of a nave and chance, south aisle, west tower and vestry to the south of the chancel. The chancel is around 32 feet by 17 feet with the nave adding a further 46 feet by 20 feet. The south aisle is about 14 feet wide and overlaps the west tower which is around 13 feet square.

The oldest dated part of the church is the south arcade which dates from early C14 although the north wall may be older. Most of the architecture of the church dates from C15 when the tower was added and the south aisle raised in height and a parapet added.

Roxton - St Mary. View from the south-west.

The south aisle has three windows, two to the east of the blocked south door and one to the west.

Roxton - St Mary. South aisle, eastern window.

The windows are all of three cinquefoiled lights under a square head and repositioned upwards when the aisle was heightened in C15 as they are clearly above the original top of the aisle.

Roxton - St Mary. South aisle, centre window.
Roxton - St Mary. South aisle blocked doorway.

The doorway looks to have been blocked in C15 when the aisle was heightened and lengthened to encompass the tower.

Roxton - St Mary. South aisle, western window.

The west window of the south aisle is also of three cinquefoiled lights but with multifoil net tracery above under a square head with the C15 heightening works clearly visible.

Roxton - St Mary. South aisle, west window.
Roxton - St Mary. West tower.

The west tower is built in a single stage with single lancet belfry openings to the north and south and more ornate two light openings to the east and west. There is a large diagonal buttress to the south-west corner and smaller angle buttresses to the north-west. There is another large buttress to the north-east.

Roxton - St Mary. West tower from the north.
Roxton - St Mary. West tower.

The unused west door dates from C15 and has a small two-light square headed window above. Above the door and window is a single trefoiled lancet below the belfry stage above.

Roxton - St Mary. West tower.
Roxton - St Mary. North side.

The north side of the church has a window to the west of the doorway and two to the ease.

Roxton - St Mary. North side, western window.

The western window is of three trefoiled lights with quatrefoil tracery above under a two-centred arch. The north door probably dates from C14.

Roxton - St Mary. North side, north doorway.
Roxton - St Mary. North side, centre window.

The centre window dates from the late C15 and is of three cinquefoiled lights under a four-centred arch. The eastern window on the north side of the nave is of two trefoiled ogee headed lights under a square head.

Roxton - St Mary. North side, eastern window.

The north side of the chancel has two windows around a priest’s door. The western is a three-light window under a four-centred arch. The plain priest’s door has a high step, indicating the level of the chancel floor inside. The eastern window is of two trefoiled lights with a multi-foil design above under a two-centred arch.

Roxton - St Mary. Chancel, north side, western window.
Roxton - St Mary. Chancel, north side, priest's door.
Roxton - St Mary. Chancel, north side, eastern window.
Roxton - St Mary. East end.

The modern east window is of three cinquefoiled lights under flowing tracery with elongated quatrefoil designs under a pointed arch.

Roxton - St Mary. East window.

The south side of the chancel is completely occupied by a modern vestry although there was originally a south chapel on this site in C14.

Roxton - St Mary. Vestry.