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Church of St Ruthen, Longden

Description: Church of St Ruthen

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 259504

OS Grid Reference: SJ4414206396
OS Grid Coordinates: 344142, 306396
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6524, -2.8271

Location: Shrewsbury Road, Longden, Shropshire SY5 8EY

Locality: Longden
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 8EY

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Listing Text


4/200 Church of St Ruthen

- II

Parochial chapel, now parish church. Partly medieval or C16 fabric, re-
built in C17 and C18 and drastically restored in 1877. Mainly uncoursed
yellow and red sandstone rubble to nave north and south walls with chamfered
plinth, stepped at east end; west wall in late C18 reddish-brown brick and
red brick chancel with stone dressings; machine tile roofs. Nave and
polygonal chancel; west porch and vestry and lean-to brick shed on north
side. Nave in 3 bays; windows all late C19 paired lancets with circular
openings above, except the west window (also c.1877) which has 2 cusped
square-headed lights; blocked south door with massive 4-centred arch
probably late C16; C20 wooden bell-turret at west end above late C19 red
brick gabled porch and vestry with a blocked door formerly leading to now-
dismantled organ gallery to right; contemporary lean-to on north. Late
C19 polygonal chancel on site of a C18 chancel with flat-headed windows
(c.1938) on north and south and east window in Decorated style with 3 cusped
lights. Interior: good C17 roof in 4 bays with double-purlins and cambered
tie beams and collars, although only the central truss is unaltered; late
C17 panelled pulpit and early C19 font with marble bowl and baluster-shaped
shaft, originally in the Church of St George, Pontesbury (q.v.), but trans-
ferred to Longden in 1864. The chapel was probably originally founded as
the private chapel of the barons of Longden. B.o.E., p.172; V.C.H. VIII
(1968), Pp.290-91; D.H.S. Cranage, The Churches of Shropshire, Part 6
(1903), p.530.

Listing NGR: SJ4414206396

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Source: English Heritage

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