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Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Staunton Harold

Description: Chapel of the Holy Trinity

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 November 1965
English Heritage Building ID: 187839

OS Grid Reference: SK3799120873
OS Grid Coordinates: 437991, 320873
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7841, -1.4381

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire LE65 1RT

Locality: Staunton Harold
Local Authority: North West Leicestershire District Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE65 1RT

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Listing Text


1/67 Chapel of the Holy Trinity



Chapel, unique as a complete survival of a church built during the commonwealth.
Inscription over west doors reads "In the year 1653 when all things sacred were
throughout ye nation either demolisht or profaned Sir Robert Shirley Baronet,
founded this church, whose singular praise it is to have done ye best things in
ye worst times and hoped them in the most calamitous. The righteous shall be had
in everlasting remembrance." Begun in 1653, the church and its furnishings were -
not completed until 1665. In a gothic style, but a highly wrought and careful
gothic, the parts, west tower, short nave of 3 bays with clerestory and aisles,
and chancel, very sharply articulated. Tower has paired bell openings with
Y-tracery, battlements and pinnacles with windvanes. Body of church has
embattled parapets with crocketted pinnacles over buttresses. Flat-headed
traceried lights to clerestory. Other windows in an early decorated style.

Elaborate baroque west doorway with paired tapering pilasters, swags, mannerist
angels, and Shirley arms and inscription plate above. Interior has gothic-style
architecture but fittings are all in Jacobean character. Original west door,
ornate west screen with pierced central archway and side arches, pierced leaf
scroll frieze above and panelled base. Above this, the organ loft incorporating
Shirley arms in broken segmental pediment.Schmidt organ, case of 1686. Box pews,
wall panelling and casing for piers. Plain panels to nave, more ornate in chancel.
2-decker pulpit, chancel screen, wrought iron, by Robert Bakewell, 1711, 4 hatchments
over. Ceiling painted throughout, a curious depiction of clouds and elements -
the creation out of chaos, signed by Samuel and Zachary Kink, and dated 1655.
Communion table also original c1660-65.

Listing NGR: SK3799420870

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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