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Great Steeping
 
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints

Built by W Bassett Smith in 1891, All Saints’ replaced the ‘old church’ SW of the village.

It comprises nave and chancel plus a small bell-cote at the west end of the nave.

September 2015

Great Steeping, All Saints church, W Bassett Smith
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints
Great Steeping, All Saints

The church is built largely of bright red brick laid in English Bond.

There are lancet windows to the buttressed nave and chancel, with ashlar surrounds and white brick hoods - all joined by a horizontal white brick band.

September 2015

Great Steeping, All Saints church
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote
Great Steeping, All Saints, bellcote

The small bellcote at the west end of the church is topped by a tiny spirelet.

September 2015

Great Steeping, All Saints church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church

The weatherboarded bell turret at the west end is probably of a later date than the mid-eighteenth century brick church.

September 2011 

Great Steeping, old church, bell turret, weatherboard
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church

The old church stands alone, south of the present village.

It is a modest brick building, built in 1748, comprising a box-like nave and chancel, with large classical windows and a western bell-turret.

Traces of the medieval church survive.   It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Great Steeping, old church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church

View of the church from the north-west on the approach lane from the village.

July 2016

Great Steeping, old church,
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church
Great Steeping, Old Church

There is evidence in the east wall of the nave that there was once a small chancel or apse.

July 2016

Great Steeping, old church
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote
Great Steeping, Old Church, bellcote

The simple square bell-turret or bellcote is weatherboarded, presumably a twentieth-century finish.

July 2016

Great Steeping, old church, bell cote
Great Steeping, Old Church, building materials
Great Steeping, Old Church, building materials
Great Steeping, Old Church, building materials

The building materials of the Old Church are greenstone (base from the earlier medieval church), a limestone band, and purple-red brick laid in English Bond (1748 construction).

September 2011

Great Steeping, old church, greenstone, English Bond
Great Steeping, Old Church, door lintel
Great Steeping, Old Church, door lintel
Great Steeping, Old Church, door lintel

The beam or lintel over the west door is inscribed: "BB x IG x CW x 1708".

It is thought that these were the initials of the churchwardens. Presumably the beam was salvaged from the earlier church.

September 2011

Great Steeping, old church
Great Steeping, Old Church, interior
Great Steeping, Old Church, interior
Great Steeping, Old Church, interior

This interior view towards the east end shows the seventeenth century communion rail from Foscott church, Buckinghamshire.

Mortice holes in the beams indicate that there was once a lower flat ceiling.

September 2011

Great Steeping, old church, Foscott, communion rail
Great Steeping, Old Church, roof truss
Great Steeping, Old Church, roof truss
Great Steeping, Old Church, roof truss

Towards the west end of the nave is this decorated timber truss.

Presumably this is a re-used element from the medieval church.

September 2011

Great Steeping, old church, timber truss
Great Steeping, Old Church, west doorway
Great Steeping, Old Church, west doorway
Great Steeping, Old Church, west doorway

The west doorway to the Old Church has a moulded surround and a keyed-in oval window over.  This dates from 1748.

The plaque above the door reads: "Built in The / Year 1748 / Restored A.D. 1908"

September 2011

Great Steeping, old church, west doorway