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Description: Church of St Lawrence
Date Listed: 27 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 212709
OS Grid Reference: SJ9264095055
OS Grid Coordinates: 392640, 395055
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4522, -2.1123
DENTON TOWN LANE
SJ 99 NW (north side)
4/53 Church of
27/11/67 St. Lawrence
Church. Nave c.1530, chancel and transepts 1872 by J.
Medland and Henry Taylor. Timber-framed structure which was
weather-boarded on the south and rendered over on the north
side in 1862 but painted to retain its character. Graduated
stone slate roof. Cruxiform plan with west gallery and
bellcote. 4-bay nave has stone plinth, coved eaves and 3 or
5-light mullioned windows in each bay. Central west door
with blocked window above. The chancel, under a continuous
roof, and the transepts, under parallel roofs, continue in
the same style but with more elaboration to the east end
which has foiled openings, rosettes on the barge boards and
a 5-light east window. The bellcote has a pyramidal roof and
has been restored to reveal the decorative framing.
Interior: 6 structural bays of the timber-framed structure
remain. The shaped posts and curved braces support tie-beam
roof trusses which have inclined struts, purlins with cusped
bracing and a ceiling at collar level. Between the posts the
framing is concealed by plaster or removed completely where
transepts and chancel adjoin. West gallery supported on C19
cast-iron columns. Early C18 baluster font. Pews 1859. Part
of former wardens pew of C17 and C18 preserved beneath
gallery. Other carved timberwork of C19 and C20 dates. The
windows incorporate fragmentary early C16 glass from former
east window. Edward Holland memorial, 1655 - oval
inscription plate between short columns supporting scrolls
and the coat of arms. Dame Mary Asheton memorial wall tablet,
1721. The building is an important early survival of a
timber-framed church. J. Booker, A History of the ancient
chapel of Denton.
Listing NGR: SJ9264095055
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