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Church of St Mary, Leighton and Eaton Constantine

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 June 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 258874

OS Grid Reference: SJ6128105144
OS Grid Coordinates: 361281, 305144
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6427, -2.5736

Location: B4380, Leighton, Shropshire SY5 6RN

Locality: Leighton and Eaton Constantine
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 6RN

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Listing Text

SJ 60 NW
2/89 Church of St Mary

Parish church. 1714-16 but incorporating medieval plan and fabric,
restored mid- to late C19. C18 red brick on coursed sandstone plinth
(probably medieval), plain tile roofs with coped verges. Nave, chancel,
west belfry, south porch and south-west vestry. Nave: in 2 bays;
south side has one late C19 two-light trefoil-headed window with cusped
multifoils and trefoils above, C18 gabled porch and contemporary gabled
vestry adjoining to west have round-headed doorways (blind to vestry)
and pointed cast-iron windows to sides; north side has 2 round-headed
windows (c.1714), western with its original Y-tracery; tall narrow
multi-paned round-headed west window has similar small opening above;
weatherboarded belfry probably late C18 but considerably restored late
C20, has twin round-headed openings (?C19) to north, south and west
sides, pyramidal roof. Chancel: one late C19 narrow round-headed
window on south with blocked segmental-headed C18 doorway to west;
late C19 east window of 3 stepped round-headed lights with narrow
round-arched window above; north wall blind. Interior: most striking
feature is that the walls are of uncoursed sandstone rubble showing
that the C18 brick on exterior is in fact only the encasement of a
medieval fabric; cambered south doorway with ledged plank door, C18
coved plaster ceiling; west gallery (also c.1714), supported on
wooden posts, has elegant turned balusters; plain round-headed chancel
arch flanked by C18 hatchment to south and royal coat-of-arms to north;
late C18 urn-shaped font on moulded stone pillar, contemporary hexagonal
pulpit and late C19 stained glass in east window, restored C17 communion
table. Monuments: in nave; cast-iron floor tablet to William Browne
(died 1696) and another (dated 1677) with inscription panels removed;
in chancel (south side), late C13 cross-legged stone effigy of knight,
probably a member of the Leighton family, retaining traces of paint
and with feet resting on a lion; north side, large alabaster tomb
chest with incised top slab to William Leighton (died 1520) and wife;
large C18 wall memorials to members of the Kynnersley and Leighton
families that to Elizabeth Leighton (died 1754) by William Baker; in
the centre of the north wall a prominent memorial to Thomas Kynnersley
(died 1843), substantial pedestal with coat-of-arms and Greek key
ornament to top, surmounted by draped urn, signed by J. Evan Thomas;
another mid-C18 wall memorial to south of chancel arch in nave; C18
stone texts (one reciting Ten Commandments) hang on nave north and
south walls and in the porch is a wooden board recording benefactions
to the church; slab on north wall of nave commemorating Henry Binnell,
vicar (died 1717), formerly below east window outside. A priest is
recorded at Leighton in Domesday. B.o.E., p.165; D.H.S. Cranage,
The Churches of Shropshire, Part 7 (1905), Pp.596-7 and Appendix
Pp.995-6; Colvin, p.84.

Listing NGR: SJ6128105144

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Source: English Heritage

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