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Church of St Mary, Ashby Magna

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 191150

OS Grid Reference: SP5637090479
OS Grid Coordinates: 456370, 290479
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5093, -1.1709

Locality: Ashby Magna
Local Authority: Harborough District Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE17 5NF

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There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site and Fishponds South-East of St Mary's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


4/1 Church of St. Mary


Parish Church. Essentially a late C13 building given a new chancel and
restored in 1861. Random granite rubble with galletting, and limestone
dressings. Plain tiled roofs with ridge cresting. Tower, nave with north
aisle, chancel. West tower of four stages with angle buttresses, one of which
contains a worn niche with fleurons. Embattled parapets. Blocked narrow west
doorway and 3-light window above it, Victorian in the Decorated style. Paired
foiled lights to bell chamber. Tall south wall with Victorian inserted
3-light windows of coarse Decorated tracery. There are two earlier windows
above as if forming a clerestory: these are each a single light with rounded
head. Chancel is entirely Victorian and the stonework is of a smaller grade
of rubble. South windows are in a C13 style. The east window consists of 2
pairs of lancets with quatrefoil above, forming a plate traceried design.
Late C13 style windows in north aisle are of intersecting tracery, but also
C19, as is the north doorway with its slight roll mouldings. Plinths and
buttresses to the aisle, and parapet to north nave wall, like a blind
clerestory. Inside, the nave extends west of the 3 bay north arcade to the
tower arch which is double chamfered and has an inner arch springing from
corbels. Late C13 arcade has short octagonal shafts with abaci and double
chamfered arches with outer hoodmould with corbel heads. The eastern respond
is cut by the chancel wall showing that when the chancel was rebuilt it was
brought slightly forward from its original alignment. Nave roof has tie beams
and queen posts with curved bracing. Chancel arch has clustered shafts as
responds and is chamfered with hoodmould. Shallow arch through to late C19
vestry to north of chancel. Piscinas in north and south are Victorian in an
early C14 style. North window has two paired lancets set behind a double
arched recess with central freestanding column. Furnishings and fittings all
apparently date from the restoration. Stained glass: tiny fragments of C15
glass survive in one north aisle window: small yellow flowers. West window
has glass of c1860 and the chancel east and south windows are of 1847: scenes
from the life of Christ in mediaeval style combine uneasily with the more
abstract backdrop of medallions. Round the west tower arch are stencilled
Victorian flowers while the north doorway and the chancel arch are surmounted
by texts. Evidently there were other texts and a painted frieze adorning the
south wall but these have almost perished leaving only shadowy traces.

Listing NGR: SP5637090479

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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