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Church of St Wilfred, Ribchester

Description: Church of St Wilfred

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 183020

OS Grid Reference: SD6498335019
OS Grid Coordinates: 364983, 435019
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8103, -2.5332

Location: Church Street, Ribchester, Lancashire PR3 3YE

Locality: Ribchester
Local Authority: Ribble Valley Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR3 3YE

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There is also a scheduled monument, Ribchester Roman fort (Bremetennacum), at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


7/134 Church of St. Wilfred

Church, C13th with later additions, restored 1881 and after a fire in 1917.
Sandstone rubble with stone slate roof. Comprises a west tower, nave, lower
chancel, south nave aisle, south porch and a north chapel under a pitched
roof. The tower, said to be late C15th (VCH), is of 3 stages with angle
buttresses and battlements. The bell openings are of 3 lights with hoods
and with panel tracery to their heads. The west wall has a similar window
above the doorway, which has a 2-centred head and a moulding similar to
that of the south porch door. The south aisle windows are C16th with round
heads to the lights. Above 2 crude dormers light the nave. The south
porch door, said to be C14th, has a hood and moulded imposts. The inner
door is C13th, having a 2-centred arch of 2 moulded orders and outer shafts
with moulded bases and moulded capitals with nailhead ornament. The north
nave wall has a blocked doorway with moulded impost. The north wall of the
north chapel has a 3-light window with straight head and ogee heads to the
lights. To its right is a lancet, probably re-used. The west chapel
window has reticulated tracery, the east window flowing tracery. The south
chancel wall has a chamfered doorway with 2-centred head and a hood with
head stops. To its left is a restored window with mullion, transom and
trefoil. To its right are 2 lancets, with a restored window of geometric
tracery between them. The east wall has triple stepped lancets, partly

Interior. The south arcade is of 4 bays with arches of 2 chamfered orders
and octagonal piers. The north arcade is of 2 bays with arches of 2
chamfered orders, a pier of 3 clustered shafts with moulded cap, and
½-round responds with moulded cap and base. The chancel arch also has
½-round responds. The north chancel wall has a chamfered squint, now
opening to the outside. The south wall has triple sedilia and a piscina
with 2 bowls, all inserted and with round heads. The chancel roof has
alternate arch-braced collar trusses and trusses with collars and ties.
The nave roof, said to be dated 1527 on a wall plate (VCH), has arch-braced
collars, the end trusses having raking queen struts and a king strut between
collar and tie. The west gallery of 1736 is supported on 4 stone Tuscan
columns said to be Roman. The sandstone font is octagonal with slim corner
buttresses. The octagonal timber pulpit has carved decoration and is dated
'1636 CH'. In the east bay of the south arcade the Hoghton Quire is enclosed
by a restored C16th oak screen. The north chapel, or Dutton Quire, has in
its east window fragments of glass said to be C14th. The roof is of crown
post construction, unusual in the north-west, having a cambered tie, rafters
with collars and soulaces, and a collar plate.

Listing NGR: SD6498435019

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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