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Church of St Peter, Higham on the Hill

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 188144

OS Grid Reference: SP3826795560
OS Grid Coordinates: 438267, 295560
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5565, -1.4370

Location: 101 Main Street, Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire CV13 6AH

Locality: Higham on the Hill
Local Authority: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: CV13 6AH

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Listing Text

SP 39 NE HIGHAM-ON-THE-HILL MAIN STREET (north
side)

9/17 Church of St. Peter

7.11.66
II*

Parish church. C12 west tower with nave of 1790 by H. Couchman,
refenestrated in 1854 when a south aisle and porch were added by Ewan
Christian; single-bay chancel of 1870 by R. Jennings of Atherstone
replacing Cou chman's apsidal sanctuary. Ashlar, except the west
tower which is built of coursed and squared freestone; plain tile
roofs. West tower: 3 stages marked by strings, with pilaster
buttresses at the corners on the north and south sides extending to
immediately below the second stage string. Corbel course of carved
heads beneath a plain parapet. In the west wall is a tall blocked
archway indicating that the building was designed as a crossing tower.
At second stage level, the north south and west sides of the tower each
have a 3-bay arcade with shafts and scalloped capitals. On each side
of the belfry is a 2-light window with a central shaft, within an outer
round-headed recess. Nave and south aisle: Couchman's building has a
pedimented east gable and 3 C19 pointed windows to the north with
Geometric tracery, in a rhythm of 2:3:2 lights. These are reflected in
south windows of the south aisle (centre and east). The west bay of
this side is occupied by a gabled porch with double chamfered pointed
opening and inside by a pointed door with wave-moulded surround. At
the east end of this side of the aisle is a priest's door. The east
window of the aisle is of 3 lights with decorated tracery. Chancel:
single-light side windows with ogee heads and 3-light east window with
Geometric tracery. Interior: C19 4-bay arcade of double-chamfered
arches on octagonal columns with moulded capitals. The tower arch is
blocked but its round-headed profile is visible inside. C19 pointed
chancel arch. C18 king-post roof with queen struts over nave. C19
arch-braced collar roofs over aisle and chancel. Fixtures and
fittings: C19 octagonal font with scalloped base and circular panels
to the sides of the basin. C18 and C19 bench pews. C19 hexagonal
pulpit with traceried sides. C19 choir stalls and wooden eagle
lectern. C19 stone and marble reredos. Monuments: oval tablet in the
chancel to the Reverend Samuel Chamber, died 1788 and his wife Catherine,
died 1792. First World War memorial on north side of nave; central
crucifix flanked by Sts. George and Michael with a border of grape
vines. 2 good windows of 1901 (north side of nave) and 1902 (west end
of south side) in the style of Kempe. B.O.E. pp. 175 - 6.


Listing NGR: SP3826795560

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Source: English Heritage

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