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Description: Church of St.leonard
Date Listed: 7 February 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 164488
OS Grid Reference: TA0157145329
OS Grid Coordinates: 501571, 445329
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8942, -0.4558
TA 04 NW
3/16 Church of St Leonard
Church. 1857-9 by J L Pearson for Lord Hotham. Gritstone ashlar, clay tile
roof. Geometrical style. 2-stage west tower with broach spire, 4-bay
aisled nave and chancel in one, south porch, north vestry. West tower:
moulded plinth, pilaster buttresses. Ground floor has band with blank
quatrefoils beneath cornice decorated with stiff leaf. Clock carved from
stone in shallow relief. West window of 2 lights with nook-shafts beneath
sexfoil all under hoodmould with foliage stops. Small lancet to first floor
under gablet with poppy-head finial. Belfry openings of 2 lights with
elaborate shafting and mid-wall shafts under gablets with pierced sexfoil
sound-hole. Hexagonal buttresses under pyramidal caps to broaches of spire
all with a variety of blank arcading and blank trefoil-headed openings to
the sides. Cross finial to spire. Nave and chancel: moulded plinth,
buttresses with offsets: chancel buttresses have blank geometric arcading
under trefoils. Paired lancets to each bay with quatrefoils to spandrels;
impost band of sunk blank quatrefoils. Decorated eaves cornice with stiff
leaf. Coped gables with gablets to kneelers and cross finial. South porch:
moulded plinth, buttresses with offsets. Pointed arch of 2 orders on nook-
shafts with capitals with deeply-carved foliage under blank quatrefoil.
Coped gable, cross finial. South door: pointed arch of 2 orders with carved
foliage under blank quatrefoil. Coped gable, cross finial. South door:
pointed arch of 2 orders with carved foliage between, under hoodmould with
foliage stops, on marble nook-shafts. Double-leaf boarded door. Interior:
the interior is characterised by the elaborate use of marble shafting to all
windows as nook-shafts and mid-wall shafts to rear-arches. Pointed tower
arch under hoodmould on deeply carved foliate capitals to detached marble
shafts with rings. Moulded bases. Division between nave and chancel marked
by paired marble shafts with rings supporting capitals to double curved
principal rafters. Clustered shafts with rings to lancets of east window
beneath double-traceried sexfoil window. Principal rafter roof with double
side purlins and wind braces - heavily cusped and pierced to bottom tier.
North-east corner of chancel: grave slab to Henry de Middleton, priest,
early C16. Slightly sunk panel with figure in low relief bearing chalice
under round cusped arch. Frieze of quatrefoils bearing Christian symbols
and flowers behind main altar.
Listing NGR: TA0157145329
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Source: English Heritage
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