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Church of Christ, Smeeton Westerby

Description: Church of Christ

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 191391

OS Grid Reference: SP6775892715
OS Grid Coordinates: 467758, 292715
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5281, -1.0026

Location: Saddington Road, Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire LE8 0QS

Locality: Smeeton Westerby
Local Authority: Harborough District Council
County: Leicestershire
Country: England
Postcode: LE8 0QS

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Listing Text


1/64 Church of Christ
(formerly listed as
7.12.66 Christ Church)

- II

Parish church. 1848-9 by H Woodyer in the Decorated style. Repaired 1873 and
1895. Grey stone with ashlar dressings. Plain tile roofs with stepped, coped
gables. Nave with west bellcote, north aisle, south aisle, south porch, chancel,
vestry. West elevation has single 2-light pointed arch window with flowing
tracery set within a large heavily moulded pointed arch springing from two angle
buttresses with set-offs. Above, an arrowslet window, and above again an
octagonal bellcote, with crenellated cornice, and spire with topknot and weather-
cock. Single light bell openings on west, south-east and north-east faces, and
small buttresses on north and south faces. North aisle, west wall has large
lancet with hoodmould. North wall has a buttress with set-offs with to right a
2-light window with reticulated tracery in a square frame. To left a similar
3-light window. East wall has a 2-light pointed arch window with hoodmould.
South aisle, west wall has a large lancet with hoodmould. South wall has two
2-light pointed arch windows with hoodmoulds. South porch gabled with cross finial,
with diagonal buttresses and double chamfered pointed arch doorway. Stone benches
inside porch. Heavily moulded pointed arch south doorway with double plank
doors. South wall has chamfered plinth and buttress with set-offs, with a lancet
with hoodmould to left and a 2-light pointed arch window with flowing tracery and
hoodmould to right. Diagonal buttress with set-offs at south-east corner.
Chancel east wall has chamfered plinth and single 3-light pointed arch window with
reticulated tracery and hoodmould. East gable has cross finial. To right, vestry
east window is a wooden casement with plain arched stone frame. Chancel roof
continues down over vestry to north. Vestry has doorway with chamfered frame and
plank door. Then a lancet with hoodmould in north wall of chancel. Interior:
narrow entry to bellcote above west window. 4-bay nave arcades with quatrefoil
piers with capitals and bases and double-chamfered pointed arches. Chancel arch
is double-chamfered with hoodmould and responds with capitals. Pointed chamfered
doorway to vestry with trefoil head piscina to right. Marble reredos with
dentilled cornice and floral patterns in circles below east window. Sedile below
south-east window, with chamfered arch with sexfoil cusping and small shields.
Early C20 organ in west bay of north aisle. Octagonal bowl and stem font with
ornate Gothic wooden cover in south aisle. Altar, altar rails, choir stalls,
pulpit, lectern, rood screen, pews and wainscotting all C19. South aisle, east
wall has WWI marble memorial plaque with WWII brass memorial plaque below.
Stained glass, late C19 and early C20, in south aisle, the east window by Kempe &
Co 1902, and in chancel windows. Nave roof has 3 trusses with arch braces and
crown posts. Ceramic tile floors, with Minton tiled sanctuary.
VCH, V, 186.

Listing NGR: SP6775892715

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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