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Church of St John the Baptist, Hagley

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 156386

OS Grid Reference: SO9207580769
OS Grid Coordinates: 392075, 280769
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4249, -2.1180

Location: Hall Dr, Hagley, Worcestershire DY9 9LG

Locality: Hagley
Local Authority: Bromsgrove District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: DY9 9LG

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Listing Text


2/123 Church of St.John
16.11.67 the Baptist


Parish church. C13 origins, partly rebuilt 1754-6 by Sanderson Miller,
north aisle and arcade added in 1828 by Rickman, partly rebuilt and re-
modelled again in 1858-65 by Street. Sandstone ashlar, plain tiled roofs
with gable-end parapets and cross-finial at east end. West tower, four-
bay aisled nave with south porch, and sanctus bellcote. three-bay chancel
with north vestry and organ chamber. Decorated style. West tower: roughly
three stages with strings and chamfered plinth which continues round build-
ing; gabled diagonal corner buttresses; pointed west doorway with stepped
plinth string forming hood mould and 2-light window above with sill string
and hood mould; two loopholes on west side of second stage; belfry stage
has large 2-light louvred bell-chamber openings with ball flower mouldings,
sill string and a continuous hood mould; trefoil frieze beneath broach spire
with lucarnes beneath a quatrefoil frieze and a weathervane. Nave: separate
gabled aisles; continuous sill string; windows all have hood moulds with
returns or decorated stops; north aisle has buttresses with offsets at bay
divisions, a gabled diagonal west corner buttress, a 3-light west end window
and a 3-light window and three 2-light windows in the north elevation; south
aisle includes some medieval masonry: angled corner buttresses and central
south buttress with offsets; 2-light west and east windows and three 2-light
windows in south elevation; there is an oval early C19 memorial situated west
of the central buttress. South porch: gabled; corner pilaster buttress with
string above; pointed archway with hood mould; string in gable apex with loop-
hole above; similar arched doorway within. Gabled sanctus bell-cote with
single pointed archway. Chancel: buttresses with offsets at bay divisions
and angled at east end; stepped sill string; windows have hood moulds with
head and foliated stops; 3-light east window; two 2-light windows and a 3-
light window in south elevation; the latter window has a transom below which
is a Virgin and Child relief with flanking early C20 memorials. North vestry
and organ chamber: partly gabled, partly as lean-to with catslide roof; two
2-light windows and pointed doorway; C20 lean-to on each side and large stone
stack at junction. Interior: four-bay nave arcades of two chamfered orders on
octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases (some C13 masonry in south
arcade): similar chancel and narrow tower arch, both with inner order on
colonnettes. Arch-braced collar truss roofs with paired swept wind-braces;
chancel roof has cusped pointed arcade above moulded wall-plate and cusped
pierced braces. East window has slender nookshafts and hood mould with angel
stops. Ornately painted and gilded arcaded reredos with marble panels and
central marble cross; cusped pointed aumbry; three-bay sedilia; gilded traceried
wrought iron chancel screen, c1915 by Sir Thomas Jackson. Octagonal stone font
with arcaded stem and cusped frieze around basin. Circular pulpit with cusped
arcading, marble panels and foliated detail probably by Street. Finialed tomb
recess in north aisle contains C13 coffin lid decorated with a foliated cross.
South aisle has a piscina and at the east end is a carved panel with an animal
relief of probable Norman date found in 1984, (this suggests that there was an
even earlier church on the site). Memorials: in tower numerous C18 and C19
memorials, mainly to Lyttleton family; most notable by Roubiliac to Lucy
Lyttleton, died 1747, to a design by Sir Charles Frederick with a putto seated
next to an urn. Glass: east window and one window in both aisles by Kempe;
also two windows in south aisle by Henry Holiday. (VCH 3 (i), p 135; BoE,
p 176-7; Hagley Hall Official Guide).

Listing NGR: SO9207580769

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Source: English Heritage

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