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Church of St Laurence, Preston on Wye

Description: Church of St Laurence

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 150012

OS Grid Reference: SO3837942446
OS Grid Coordinates: 338379, 242446
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0769, -2.9005

Location: Preston Court, Preston on Wye, County of Herefordshire HR2 9JU

Locality: Preston on Wye
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR2 9JU

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Listing Text

SO 34 SE
4/53 Church of St Laurence

Parish church. C12, partly rebuilt C13, extended C14, restored 1625
and 1883 by T Nicholson. Coursed sandstone with ashlar dressings and
slate roof. West tower C14, nave C12, chancel C13 and north chapel C14.
West tower of three stages with diagonal buttresses, moulded plinth and
restored crenellated parapet. Belfry has window of two ogee trefoiled
lights with a quatrefoil under a two-centred head. Ground floor west
window is C15 of two cinquefoiled lights with tracery in a square head.
Nave of three bays divided by stepped buttresses on south wall. To west
end a window of two trefoiled lights under a two-centred head, then the south
porch and to the eastern bay two windows, the first of two trefoiled lights
under a two-centred head, the second a lancet. South porch is late C19 and
timber-framed. The C12 south door has a semi-circular arch of two moulded
orders, the inner continuous and the outer enriched with chevron ornament
and springing from C19 detached shafts with C12 scalloped capitals. There
is a moulded label. North wall has a semi-circular headed window to west
and a window of two trefoiled lights under a two-centred head to the east.
Between them the blocked north door with semi-circular head. The north chapel
of mid-C14 has diagonal buttresses. The north window is of two ogee trefoiled
lights with a quatrefoil under the two-centred head. The east window is C15
with two cinquefoiled lights under a square head. Chancel, C13, rebuilt 1883,
south wall has two windows, to west of two cinquefoiled lights with tracery
in the square head, that to east of two trefoiled lights under a two-centred
head. Blocked priest's door of C13 with cusped two-centred arch. North wall
has two windows, that to east a single trefoiled light, to west a lancet.
Interior: the tower arch is segmental pointed of two chamfered orders, the
inner dying into the responds. Two-centred arch to north chapel of two
moulded orders, the inner springing from triple engaged shafts with moulded
capitals. In north-east corner of nave the rood stair survives with square
headed doors at each level. Roofs all C19, that of nave is the common rafter
type, the chancel roof of four bays with arch-braced trusses. Fittings: C17
communion table used as an altar. C19 decorative wrought-iron altar rail.
Nave pews include some C16 simple carved bench ends. (RCHM, Vol 1, pp 218-9;
BoE, p 273).

Listing NGR: SO3837942446

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Source: English Heritage

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