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Church of St Peter, Astley and Dunley

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 152263

OS Grid Reference: SO7876267619
OS Grid Coordinates: 378762, 267619
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3063, -2.3129

Location: Astley, Worcestershire DY13 0RJ

Locality: Astley and Dunley
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: DY13 0RJ

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Listing Text


3/35 Church of St Peter



Parish church. Mid - late C12 chancel and nave, with east end rebuilt
during early C20 and north aisle rebuilt during early C19; C14 west tower
and north chapel, early C20 south porch. Red sandstone ashlar, tiled roofs.
Two bay chancel, north Blount chapel, 3-bay nave with wide north aisle and
south porch, west tower. West tower of 3 stages with 2 string courses has
diagonal buttressing and embattled parapet with replaced C20 crocketed finials
(2 of former finials now flanking approach to porch). Partly restored Norman
nave has string course and corbel tablet with heads and paired heads, 2 semi-
circular engaged shafts rise from plinth to string course with double shafts
and central spur and continue to corbel table as single shafts, with capitals
east of porch; 3 restored Norman windows also to east and restored trefoiled
2-light window to west; doorway, protected by early C20 part timber-framed
and heavily restored porch, has double shafts and arch enriched with zig-zag
ornament. Chancel has blocked doorway and Norman window to west of later
protruding buttress, early C20 2-light window to east. Interior: restored
chancel arch of 2 plain orders has imbricated ornament and responds of paired
columns with nook shafts all with scallop capitals; north wall of chancel
contains original Norman window now enclosed by later north chapel. Arcade
of 3 bays has drum piers and responds with scallop capitals; acutely pointed
tower arch of 3 chamfered orders and responds probably late C14. Nave and
chancel roofs probably C19 arch braced collar type with moulded members,
north aisle has C19 hammer beam roof. Fittings: unusual pedestal font
probably C14 with octagonal bowl has large paired petalled motif to each
facet and heavily moulded top; Jacobean pulpit. North Blount chapel contains
two polychrome C16 tomb chests with recumbent effigies in contemporary dress,
that to the north commemorates Robert Blount who died 24th May 1573 and his
wife Anne, figures of children in low relief bearing name labels decorate the
sides of the tomb, on the west side is inscribed "Jhon Gildon of Hereforde
made this towmes anno domini 1577". The second tomb on the south is similar
and commemorates Walter Blount (1561) and his wife Isabel (1562-3). On north
wall are two wall monuments, the eastern one to Thomas Winford of cl702, a
good example in white marble with garlands, putti and obelisks executed by
John Bacon. West tower contains 2 hatchments (BoE, p 72; VCH, Vol IV, p 234/6.)

Listing NGR: SO7875967620

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Source: English Heritage

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