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Church of St Michael, Pitchford

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 June 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 259784

OS Grid Reference: SJ5275404286
OS Grid Coordinates: 352754, 304286
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6343, -2.6995

Location: Pitchford, Shropshire SY5 7DP

Locality: Pitchford
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: SY5 7DP

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Listing Text

SJ 5204 - 5304
12/127 Church of
13.6.58 St Michael

Parish church. C12 and C13, east wall rebuilt in 1719, vestry added
in 1819 and whole restored in 1910. Coursed red sandstone rubble with
some herringbone work and red and grey sandstone ashlar dressings;
stone slate roof over nave and plain tile roof over chancel. Nave and
chancel in one with south vestry. Chancel: chamfered plinth, high plinth
to west, chamfered projecting eaves; pair of probably C17 raking buttresses
to north, that to north-east has c.1910 stack rising from top with square
lower part chamfered to octagonal shaft with moulded cap; west end
probably rebuilt in C13 or C14 has flanking buttresses with chamfered
offsets and parapeted gable; weatherboarded square west bellcote with
louvred openings and pyramidal stone slate cap with finial; south side:
chamfered lancets to left and right; C14 window off-centre to right with
2 trefoil-headed lights, quatrefoil in tracery, moulded reveals, and
hoodmould; C13 doorway off-centre to left with continuously-moulded arch
and c.1910 nail-studded boarded door with strap hinges; attached to
wall to right of C14 window is a C13 or C14 coffin slab with a raised
cross and a memorial slab to Thomas Corfead, died 11th August 1754,
aged 58; west end: restored C14 window with 2 trefoil-headed lights,
quatrefoil in tracery, chamfered reveals, and returned hoodmould;
north side: 2 chamfered lancets to left; blocked C13 doorway to right
with continuously-moulded arch, and inserted C19 two-light window with
Y-tracery and reset moulding in wall beneath; herringbone masonry to
centre of wall and blocked small round-arched C12 window. Chancel:
chamfered plinth and chamfered projecting eaves; south side: 2 chamfered
lancets to right; wall slightly projecting to left has C14 window with
2 trefoil-headed lights, quatrefoil in tracery, and chamfered reveals;
weathered C18 memorial tablet attached to wall at right; north side:
chamfered lancet to right; C12 round-arched doorway to left with c.1910
nail-studded boarded door; east end: 1719; round-topped plinth flanking
pilaster strips, and parapeted gable end with shaped kneelers and
string course half way up; stepped triple chamfered lancets of 1819
with moulded cill, and pair-of small reset carved heads and probably uncarved
stones flanking at top. Vestry: 1819; barred chamfered-arched window
to front with reset crudely carved head in gable end above. Interior:
c.1910 roof of 6 bays with billet-decorated tie-beams, octagonal crown
posts with moulded bases and capitals, arch-braced collars, moulded
frieze and ashlar pieces. Fittings: piscina with moulded trefoiled-arch;
probably C13 font with concave base, plain bowl with moulded top, and
C19 cover; reset medieval patterned tiles in sanctuary; C17 octagonal
wooden pulpit with arabesque-carved panels, guilloche frieze, back board
with lozenges and guilloche bands, and tester with guilloche ornament,
cornice and pendants; C17 readers desk with guilloche ornament and
finials; early C19 box pews with finials; c.1910 choir stalls, possibly
incorporating C17 Panelling,and front rails with turned balusters; late C17
communion rails with alternating turned and lozenge-section balusters,and-finials
reredos with reused C16 linenfold panelling, reused C17 circular panels with guillosh
bands flanking centre and reused probably C15 pierced cresting, probably
from former screen; traceried panel in north wall of nave; early C19
Gothick organ; Monuments: John de Pitchford (died 1285), 7 foot wooden
effigy of cross-legged knight drawing sword on 7-bay trefoil-arcaded
base with shields; 5 incised alabaster slabs commemorating couples
of the Pitchford family dated 1529, 1534, 1578 and 1587, tablet to
Thomas Otley, died 22 January 1807 aged 91 with shield below and urn above
cornice; 5 hatchments. The roof was ceiled and plated in 1819 and the
reredos was probably assembled from its various older parts at the same
time. This small church is graded I for its surviving C12 fabric and
the medieval memorials. It forms part of a close group including
Pitchford Hall (qv). V.C.H.,Vol VIII, p.123; B.O.E., p.227;
D. H. S. Cranage, An Architectral Account of the Churches of ,Shropshire,
Vol 6, pp.501-5.

Listing NGR: SJ5275004286

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Source: English Heritage

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