St John The Baptist's Church, Little Maplestead

Church Details


Visited
07/08/2005 & 22/06/2006
Locking Status
Open during daytime hours - this can vary though - so avoid very early or very late attempts to visit.
Built
c. 1335
Restoration
1851-1857
Restoration Architect
Carpenter


External Images

St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The church of St John the Baptist, seen here from the South is 
a very much restored piece of work. There is little of the original medieval 
feel left on display here, with the obvious exception of course, of the overall 
form of the church.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - Built possibly as late as 1335, it is one of only five 
circular churches remaining in England. Of the other four, one is the the late 
C12 Temple church in London, and the other three are Norman churches, at Ludlow 
Castle, Northampton and Cambridge.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - This church was built by the Knights Hospitallers, and was 
built in the form that the Knights Templars had traditionally built, which, in 
turn was based upon the form of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The apsidal E end of the church.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - These small openings in the rotunda are an entirely Victorian 
addition to the facade.

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Internal Images

St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - Full length view of interior, through the round nave, to the 
apsidal chancel.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The chancel, with the small pews that fit two people.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - An attempt to show the shape of the nave. This is the view 
looking from the W end, into the northern part of the nave.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The chancel roof.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - Looking W from the altar, clearly showing the round rotunda of 
a nave.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The rotunda that takes the place of the nave.

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Glass Images

St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church

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Miscellaneous Images

St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - The font, possibly C11.

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Postcard Images

St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - Postcard by Cranley Commercial Calendars, Ilford, Essex.

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St John the Baptist, Little Maplestead Church - Published by P. Finnerty.

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