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Christ Church, Market Drayton

Description: Christ Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 5 June 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 260327

OS Grid Reference: SJ6632733593
OS Grid Coordinates: 366327, 333593
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8987, -2.5020

Location: Buntingsdale Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 1LX

Locality: Market Drayton
County: Shropshire
Country: England
Postcode: TF9 1LX

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Listing Text

Little Drayton (south
east side)
12/24 Christ Church


Parish church. 1846-7, by S. Pountney Smith and J. Smith, at a cost
of £2115. Minor late C19 additions. Roughly-tooled red sandstone
ashlar with tooled grey sandstone ashlar dressings. Plain tile roofs,
separately over nave and aisles. 5-bay nave, 5-bay south aisle with
porch, 4-bay north aisle with west tower and one-bay chancel with north
and south vestrys. Lancet style. Chamfered plinths, diagonal buttresses
with chamfered offsets, chamfered eaves cornices, parapeted gable ends
with chamfered copings and shaped kneelers with gablets, and nave with
ridge cresting and crosses at apices of gables. Chamfered lancets,
which each have hoodmoulds with scrolled stops. South doorway in second
bay from left with continuous double-chamfered arch and boarded door
with strap hinges.Porch with continuous double-chamfered archway, blind
chamfered lancet in gable above and chamfered lancets to sides. West
front: 2-light nave window with Geometrical tracery, chamfered reveals
and hoodmould with carved heads as stops. Continuously double-chamfered
west doorway with boarded door and hoodmould with scrolled stops.
South aisle with tall chamfered rectangular window and chamfered lancet
in gable above with hoodmould. East end: chamfered trefoil in apex
of nave gable. Aisles have 2-light east windows with Geometrical tracery,
chamfered reveals and hoodmoulds with carved heads as stops. Short
chancel with chamfered lancet to south and stepped triple chamfered
lancets to east with continuous hoodmould. Small gabled vestrys to
north and south, that to south with paired lancets to south and chamfered-
arched doorway to east and that to north with chamfered lancet to
north. Tower: 3 stages. Chamfered plinth, chamfered set backs, parapet
string and battlemented parapet with chamfered coping. Octagonal stair
turret to north west with broaches to square base, chamfered offsets,
battlemented, parapet and weathervane. Louvred chamfered lancet belfry
openings with returned hoodmoulds. Chamfered square panel in second
stage to west with circular wooden clock and tall chamfered rectangular
window to first stage. Turret with blind and open tall chamfered rect-
angular windows and boarded door at base with continuously-chamfered
arch. Interior: 5-bay nave arcades consisting of circular piers with
moulded bases and capitals and double-chamfered arches. Continuously
double-chamfered tower arches and chancel arch. Chamfered-arched door-
way to south vestry. Chamfered rear arches, east windows with chamfered
reveals too: 5-bay hammer-beam nave roof with arched-braced collar, king
struts and pairs of purlins. 2-bay chancel roof. Fittings: mainly
C19. Panelled reredos. Altar rails with twisted wrought-iron supports.
C19 octagonal stone pulpit with carved frieze and arcade with marble
colcnnettbs, Baptistery beneath tower: square font with chamfered
corners and wooden cover. Large organ in north aisle. Gallery at
west and of nave with pierced Gothic front and central painted coat
of arms dated "VR / 1847". Small table, either C17 or incorporating
C17 parts. Creed; Commandment and Lord's Prayer boards. Encaustic
tiles throughout. This was the first church designed by the Shrewsbury
architect Pountney Smith. D.H.S. Cranage, An Architectural Account
of the Churches of Shropshire, Part 8, p.675; B.o.E., p.195; Drayton
Civic Society, Market Drayton. A Town and its People, p.70.

Listing NGR: SJ6632733593

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Source: English Heritage

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