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Description: Church of the Holy Cross
Date Listed: 14 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 187294
OS Grid Reference: SK8830310215
OS Grid Coordinates: 488303, 310215
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6824, -0.6952
SK 81 SE BURLEY CHURCH LANE
3/12 Church of the Holy
Medieval Parish Church of Norman origin, renewed and restored extensively
by J.L. Pearson 1869-70. Coursed rubble of various builds. West tower,
nave with aisles and clerestory, aisled chancel. Buttressed tower of
early C14, 3 steps with tall 2-tier traceried openings to bell chambers
and decorated west window. Embattled parapet and huge gargoyles, complete
figures of men and beasts, at each angle. Nave of 4 bays with parapet to
clerestory and eastern coped gable with cross. N. doorway in a porch by
Pearson, buttressed, with coped gables and overhanging eaves. Double
chamfered archway with continuous shaft. Aisles rebuilt by Pearson in
fine masonry with string course and projecting eaves. All the aisle and
clerestory window tracery by Pearson, flat-headed windows with heavy foiled
tracery pattern. He completely rebuilt the chancel, which, with its
aisles is the full width of the nave, wider on the south, with a single
sweeping tiled roof with cresting, coped gable with eastern cross, and
overhanging eaves. On its north wall, a good high Victorian cottage-style
chimney to cellar-boiler room, and alongside it, a priests doorway.
Interior has norman north arcade of 3 bays with circular piers with leafy
volutes and square abaci. One of these piers consists of 2 shafts engaged
against a squared column. The south arcade is late C13, double chamfered
arches on circular piers and with some nailhead decorated capitals. King-
post and strut roof. Chancel arch by Pearson, with engaged shaft springing
from midway up, rather than ground level. Very low chancel screen of
pierced stone. Chancel arcades of 3 bays on circular piers. East window
by Clayton & Bell, c1870. West window, by Westlake, late C15 alabaster
monument with 2 effigies the male figure multilated. Memorial to Charlotte
Finch, d.1820, by Chantrey, in S. aisle. Perpendicular font: octagonal
with traceried panels and frieze faces etc. Light fittings: coronae lucis,
probably by Pearson.
Listing NGR: SK8830310215
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Source: English Heritage
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