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Church of St John the Baptist, Lea

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 155428

OS Grid Reference: SO6576221743
OS Grid Coordinates: 365762, 221743
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8932, -2.4989

Location: A40, Lea, County of Herefordshire HR9 7GL

Locality: Lea
County: Herefordshire
Country: England
Postcode: HR9 7GL

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Listing Text

SO 62 SE

6/17 Church of St John
the Baptist


Church. Late C13, C14 and early C15. Extensively restored 1854. Sandstone
rubble with tile roofs. Comprises a west tower with spire, nave, lower chancel,
north aisle under a pitched roof, north chapel, and north porch. The lower
stage of the tower is C13 and has a window of one trefoiled light to each side.
The upper stage is C14 and has ogee bell openings of one light and is broached
to a stone spire. The south wall of the nave is of three bays separated by
buttresses. The outer windows have flat heads and trefoiled lights. The
middle one is late C13, of two lights with cusped Y-tracery. In the south
wall of the chancel are two trefoiled one-light windows and a priest's door
with Tudor arch. The west window of the north aisle is of two trefoiled lights
with pierced spandrel. In the north wall is a window of three trefoiled lights
with flat head and hood. The porch is gabled and has an outer doorway with
pointed arch chamfered in two orders. In the north wall of the chapel is a
blocked doorway with Tudor arch. The chapel east window is of three trefoiled
lights with Tudor-arched head. The east chancel window is of three cinque-
foiled lights under a pointed head with Perpendicular tracery. Interior: three-
bay arcade of chamfered Tudor arches springing from octagonal piers. Moulded
capitals carved with grotesque animals, faces, and heads. Nave roof trusses
have straight braces to collars and cusped V-struts. The pointed tower arch
is plastered. The chancel arch is moulded and has semi-octagonal responds.
The south window of the chancel has two C19 trefoiled inner arches with
alabaster shafts and foliated capitals. The cinquefoiled piscina is also C19.
The chancel has a boarded barrel roof. The Tudor arch between the north aisle
and north chapel contains organ pipes and a re-set C15 screen with carved tracery
decoration. The font, of C1200, is south Italian and was given to the church in
1907. The shaft is knotted in the middle and stands on an elephant. The
capital is carved with four rams' heads. The bowl has a band of Cosmati work
and is carved with scrolls and figures. (RCHM, p 99).

Listing NGR: SO6576321744

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Source: English Heritage

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