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Church of St Michael, Hoby with Rotherby

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 January 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 190213

OS Grid Reference: SK6709716004
OS Grid Coordinates: 467097, 316004
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7375, -1.0077

Locality: Hoby with Rotherby
Local Authority: Melton Borough Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE14 2LH

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Listing Text

SK 61 NE ROTHERBY Brooksby
Church of St Michael


Church. Tower begun early C14 completed C15. Body of church early C16.
Restored and spire rebuilt 1874 by R W Johnson. SW nave window inserted
1911. Uncoursed random stone rubble with limestone dressings, portions of
old render. Ironstone ashlar to E and S walls. Slate roof, Swithland slate
to S slope.
Nave and chancel in one, N and S porches, W tower.
4-light E window with straight head, hollow-chamfered mullions and round-
arched heads to lights and hood mould.
Similar 3-light window to SE and similar 2-light windows either side of S
porch. C15/early C16 oak S door of massive plank construction with ribs,
original hinges and pattern of interlocking cusped ogee arches to head.
Hollow-chamfered doorway, trefoiled spandrels and rectangular hollow-
chamfered surround. Shallow, gabled porch of ironstone with round-arched
head to doorway. 4-light hollow-chamfered stone mullion and transon window
to N with king mullion and cusping to straight-headed lights. C15/early
C16 ribbed plank door with original hinges. Hollow-chamfered doorway with
trefoiled spandrels and hood mould in shallow gabled porch with chamfered
Tudor-arched doorway.
2-stage tower has 2-light W window to bottom stage with reticulated tracery
and hood mould. Canted stair turret projection to SE corner. 2-light
bell-chamber openings with cinquefoil-headed lights, quatrefoils to heads
and hood moulds; tracery missing to N. Frieze of alternating cusped
triangles and quatrefoils to base of battlemented parapet Which has
gargoyles to angles. Crocketed spire with 2 tiers of gabled lucarnes in
alternating directions. Offset buttresses to W angles with crocketed
gables to second offset, that to left with ball-flower dividing gable, that
to right with blank cusped tracery. Diagonal off-set buttresses to chancel.
Body of church has battlemented parapet with cross slits and frieze of
shields in quatrefoils to base. Stone-coped E gable set behind parapet.
Interior: Fine C19 hammerbeam roof with half bays either end. Complete set
of C19 fittings. Chequered red and black tile floors. Wave-moulded doorway
to stair turret to left of tower arch, which has polygonal responds, within
continuous chamfer and wave moulding outermost.
Jacobean-style communion table. Series of stain-glass shields to east and
south windows showing alliances of the Villiers family in the seventeenth
Monuments: Large incised alabaster slab in sanctuary commemorating Sir
William Villiers d.1480 and his wife Joan and second wife Agnas. Large wall
monument in chancel to Sir William Villiers d.1711 and his wife Dame Ann
Villiers. Black marble plinth, veined grey marble architectural background
with Corinthian pilasters and two round-headed arches against which stand
life-size figures of Sir William in contemporary dress and his wife in
classical-style drapery. 2 winged cherubs heads to spandrels of arches
behind their heads. Pilasters have statuary marble capitals and support
entablature with urns flanking cartouche of arms; arms and figurative
details all of statuary marble. Bronze bust signed Ferdinand Forbes and
dated 1938 of Admiral Lord Beatty d.1936.
Buildings of England Leics 1984 p.l14. J R Hubbard, Brooksby, 1977.

Listing NGR: SK6709716004

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Source: English Heritage

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