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Church of St Philip and St James, Ratby

Description: Church of St Philip and St James

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 188557

OS Grid Reference: SK5131105963
OS Grid Coordinates: 451311, 305963
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6490, -1.2430

Location: Church Lane, Ratby, Leicestershire LE6 0JF

Locality: Ratby
Local Authority: Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE6 0JF

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Listing Text

SK 50 NW
(West Side)
4/45 Church of St Philip
7.ll.66 and St James


Parish Church. C13, C14, C15, restoration of 1881 by Nicholas Joyce of
Stafford. Irregularly coursed Mount Sorrel granite, ashlar dressings,
Swithland slate roofs. Western tower, nave, south aisle, chancel, north
porch, vestry. 4 stage C13 west tower with stepped set back and angle
buttresses, chamfered offsets to each stage and an embattled parapet with
angle pinnacles. To the belfry stage are C15 2 light louvred openings to
all 4 directions with cusped heads to the lights and chamfered 4 centred
arched surrounds. Single lancets to the sides of the third stage. In the
north nave wall are three 3 light reticulated traceried windows, one a C19
restoration. All have pointed and wave moulded surrounds and cusped
tracery. The C19 gabled north porch has angle buttresses and a continuously
moulded outer doorway and a pointed and moulded C19 inner doorway. C19
vestry has 2 sets of 3 light windows to the north with cusped ogee heads to
the lights and chamfered rectangular surrounds. Handsome reused late C13
Geometric traceried chancel east window of 5 pointed lights with cusped
roundels to the head, moulded and pointed surround with hollow chamfered
hood. In the chancel south wall is a C19 pointed priest's door, and a 2
light C14 window with cusped ogee heads to the lights and a quatrefoil,
also a single C19 2 light window with elaborate cusped tracery. The east
window of the south aisle is C14, with 5 tall lights and flowing tracery to
the head having quatrefoils, daggers and mouchettes, a moulded and pointed
surround with damaged human head stops to hood. The south wall of the south
aisle now contains 3 C19 3 light windows with cusped reticulated tracery.
Also there is a fine C14 doorway with a continuously moulded and pointed
surround with large fleurons to the head. In the west wall of the south
aisle is a 4 light intersecting traceried window with hollow chamfered
surround and moulded head. Interior. 5 bay C13 south nave arcade with large
circular piers, moulded annular capitals and double chamfered arches. One
capital has added C14 floral decoration, and the octgonal responds bear
similar C19 carving. Low, double chamfered and pointed tower arch. C19
chancel arch with shafted responds, moulded imposts and head. In the south
aisle is a pointed headed piscina. In the north wall of the chancel is a
C19 stilted arch to the organ chamber and a pointed and chamfered C14 door
to the vestry. On the south side is a C14 triple sedilia with cusped
pointed heads to the compartments and a matching piscina. Medieval
fragments of stained glass, south aisle south east window by F.A. Oldaker,
3 chancel windows by Burlison and Grylls. Fittings. C19 circular ashlar
pulpit with moulded top and carved side panels. C14 octagonal font with
crocketed nodding ogee panels to the sides, pinnacles amd octagonal shafted
base now with replaced supports. Monument. Alabaster sideboard tomb to
Henry Sacheverall d. 1632, in north wall of chancel. Effigy of deceased in
full length robe and ruff, strapwork panels to the base, composite columns
support a plain frieze with obelisks and a cartouche of arms. Above is
early C18 decorative plasterwork with cherubs and a basket of flowers and

Listing NGR: SK5131105963

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Source: English Heritage

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