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An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.

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15. CALDECOTE (B.b.).

(O.S. 6 in. IX. N.W.)

Caldecote is a small parish, 7 m. S.W. of Peterborough. The church is the principal monument.


(1). Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene stands on the N. side of the parish. The walls are of cornbrash-rubble and ashlar with dressings of Barnack and Ketton stone; the roofs are covered with slates. The church is of 12th-century origin but little work of this period survives. The Chancel except the W. wall was re-built in the second half of the 13th century and the Nave in the 14th century. The church was drastically restored and partly re-built in 1874. The South Porch and North Vestry are modern.

The Church, Plan

Architectural Description—The Chancel (20 ft. by 16½ ft.) has a late 13th-century E. window of three graduated lights under a two-centred rear-arch, restored externally except the moulded labels and mask-stops; below the internal sill is a moulded string-course continued along the side walls. In the N. wall are two late 13th-century lancet-windows, completely restored externally. In the S. wall are two similar windows, not so extensively restored and with moulded labels and mask-stops; the western window is carried down below a transom as a 'low-side', which is now blocked. The round chancel-arch is modern but the square responds are of the 12th-century material, re-set and have scalloped capitals with modern abaci.

The Nave (28 ft. by 19½ ft.) has in the N. wall two partly restored 16th-century windows each of two four-centred lights in a square head with a moulded label and a two-centred rear-arch; further E. is a modern doorway. In the S. wall are two windows similar to those in the N. wall; the 14th-century S. doorway has wave-moulded jambs and two-centred arch. In the W. wall is a two-light window, all modern except the late 13th-century quatrefoil in the spandrel and the adjoining parts of the heads of the two pointed lights; the window is set in a recess with a two-centred arch of one continuous chamfered order; higher up in the wall is a small window, all modern except the splays and rear-arch. On the W. gable is a modern bell-cote.

Fittings—Brackets: In chancel—on N. wall, square moulded shelf on a triple shaft terminating in a crude beast's head, 13th-century. In nave— above chancel-arch, two, one a carved beast's head, and the second moulded rectangular bracket, 16th-century. In porch—rough shaped bracket and a bearded head, perhaps a label-stop, re-used, both re-set. Chest: In vestry—front with three moulded panels, two original lock-plates, early 17th-century. Coffin-lid: In chancel—in window-recess, fragment with remains of omega ornament, 13th- or 14th-century. Font: octagonal, ogee-shaped bowl set against a square pier, plain attached stem and moulded base, 15th-century. Locker: In chancel— in E. wall, rectangular, with rebated reveals, probably 13th-century. Monuments: In N. wall of vestry—(1) to Isaac Gregory, 1707, vicar of Peterborough, and Ann his wife, 1707, plain slab; in churchyard—loose, E. of chancel, (2) to . . . Stretch, 1662, head-stone. Piscina: In chancel— double, with chamfered jambs and trefoiled heads, free shaft with moulded capital and base between the bays, moulded two-centred label with mask-stops common to both bays and with a fleur-de-lis carved in the spandrel, sex-foiled drain in E. bay, 13th-century, sill of W. bay modern. Pulpit: (Plate 152) of oak, pentagonal, each face with two panels, lower plain and upper carved with conventional foliage, on middle rail the date 1646, top rail, stem, etc., modern. Table: In vestry— with turned legs, carved top rail with shaped braces, 17th-century. Miscellanea: In rectory garden—13th-century moulded capital.

Condition—Good, much restored.


(2). Homestead Moat, 60 yards W. of the church.

Monuments (3–5).

The following monuments are of the 17th century and of two storeys, timber-framed and plastered; the roofs are thatched. The interiors have exposed timber-framing.


(3). Cottage, 200 yards E.S.E. of the church.

(4). Cottage, 40 yards E. of (3), has been refronted with modern brick.

(5). Cottage, 140 yards S.E. of (4).