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Church of St Leonard, Glapthorn

Description: Church of St Leonard

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 23 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 232643

OS Grid Reference: TL0242290202
OS Grid Coordinates: 502422, 290202
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5001, -0.4926

Location: Glapthorn, Northamptonshire PE8 5BE

Locality: Glapthorn
Local Authority: East Northamptonshire District Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: PE8 5BE

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Listing Text

TL0290 (South side)
16/88 Church of St. Leonard

Church. C12 origins. C13, C14 and C16 restored by J.C. Traylen 1895. Regular
coursed and squared coursed limestone with lead and Colleyweston slate roofs.
Aisled nave and chancel, south porch and west tower. South elevation of chancel
of 3-window range of 2-light windows. Right hand window has Y-tracery, others
have plate tracery. Steeply gabled roof with Colleyweston slates and ashlar
gable parapets and finials. 3-light east window has intersecting tracery with
trefoils. Flanking clasping buttresses. North elevation of chancel is of one
blank bay. The north chapel, now the vestry, projects over 2 bays of the
chancel. South aisle of 4 bays, 2-window range. 2-light window, with reticulated
tracery, to right of centre and 3-light window, with 4-centred arch head, to far
left. Lean-to roof with plain ashlar parapets. 2-light east window has
reticulated tracery and 2-light west window has square head with Caernavon head
lights. C14 gabled porch, to left of centre, has chamfered and moulded outer
arch with semi-circular responds and moulded inner arch. Gabled roof has
Colleyweston slate covering and ashlar gable parapets. North aisle of 6 bays,
3-window range. 3-light windows with 4-centred arch heads and hollow reveals,-to
left of centre, and to far left and right. North doorway, to right of centre,
has single chamfered and hollowed surround with carved label stops. Single-stage
angle buttresses to corners. Buttresses to right have partially legible C17
inscription. 2-light east window has quatrefoil circle. 2-light west window is
similar to west window of south aisle. Lean-to roof with ashlar gable parapets.
Nave clerestory of 4-window range of single-light square-head windows.
Unbuttressed west tower, is post medieval, of 3 uneven stages with a chamfered
plinth. 2-light west window, in lower stage, has Y-tracery. Single light windows
to north, south and west faces of second stage. There is no deliniation between
the lower and middle stages on the west face. 2-light bell-chamber openings, to
each face of upper stage, have 4-centred arch heads. Plain ashlar parapets with
gargoyles, to right of centre on north, south and west faces. Interior: 4-bay
nave arcade. 2 bays, to west of south aisle, are early C13, double-chamfered
semi-circular arches with circular pier, octagonal capital and semi-circular
responds. 2 bays to west of north aisle are late C13, double-chamfered pointed
arches with circular piers and semi-circular responds. 2 bays to west of north
aisle, are late C13 double-chamfered pointed arches with similar circular piers
and responds. Sections of wall, to centre of nave, between pairs of arcades.
Double-chamfered chancel arch with semi-circular responds and plain pointed
tower arch, now plastered. Double-chamfered arch, with semi-circular responds,
between chancel and north chapel. Arch-head niche, with dog-tooth decoration, to
right of altar. Piscina in window cill alongside. Piscina on wall shaft in south
wall of vestry and arch-head piscina in south wall of south aisle. The east
window and central south window of chancel have a single, continuous, shafted
surround. C19 roof structures, the chancel roof is a barrel vault. Pulpit has
Jacobean panels; Jacobean communion rail with turned balusters. Perpendicular
octagonal font with panelled stem and quatrefoil bawl. 2 reading desks in
chancel incorporate linenfold panelling. 2 pews to east end of nave have
original bench ends. Medieval wall paintings: various fragments, the largest, on
the north wall of the north aisle, depicts St. Christopher. Monuments; various
C18 and C19 inscribed floor panels.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: p225; RCHM: An Inventory of
Architectural Monuments in North Northamptonshire: p76)

Listing NGR: TL0242290202

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Source: English Heritage

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