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Great Coates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas

The massive Perpendicular tower of St Nicholas – of ironstone partly clad with limestone dressings – dates from the 14th or 15th century.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, tower
Great Coates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas
Great Coates, St Nicholas

Much of the exterior of St Nicholas’s is 14th or 15th century work.

The brick clerestory was added in the 18th century.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church
Great Coates, St Nicholas, capital
Great Coates, St Nicholas, capital
Great Coates, St Nicholas, capital

Quatrefoil pier and round capital in the south arcade, all of the Decorated period.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, capital
Great Coates, St Nicholas, east window
Great Coates, St Nicholas, east window
Great Coates, St Nicholas, east window

The three-light east window with its reticulated tracery has stained glass of 1929 by A.K Nicholson.

A panel in the lower part of the window carries this dedication: Remember in the Lord JAMES FRANCIS QUIRK Priest, Rector of this Parish A.D. 1892-1927, in whose memory his friends dedicated this window in honour of the Son of God Incarnate A.D. 1929.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, east window, A K Nicholson, James Francis Quirk
Great Coates, St Nicholas, font
Great Coates, St Nicholas, font
Great Coates, St Nicholas, font

The octagonal font with its cusped panels and shields is Perpendicular work of the 14th or 15th century.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, font
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone
Great Coates, St Nicholas, gravestone

A distinctive gravestone for a casualty of the First World War.

The dedication reads:

HERBERT LEWIS / Captain in the R.F.A. [Royal Field Artillery] / died April 17th 1917 aged 36 / he nobly answered duty's call.

July 2014

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, gravestone
Great Coates, St Nicholas, interior
Great Coates, St Nicholas, interior
Great Coates, St Nicholas, interior

The earliest parts of St Nicholas’s church are the Early English arcades, dating from circa 1200.

The chancel is basically Decorated, though much restored in the early 20th century.

July 2014 

Great Coates, St Nicholas church, interior