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Description: Church of St Mary and St Luke
Date Listed: 19 March 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 271795
OS Grid Reference: SJ9443706589
OS Grid Coordinates: 394437, 306589
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6570, -2.0837
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SJ 90 NW SHARESHILL C.P. CHURCH ROAD (north side)
3/27 Church of St. Mary & St. Luke
19.3.62 (formerly listed as Church of
Parish Church. Circa 1742 with C15/C16 west tower. Red brick with ashlar
tower and dressings; plain tile roof. West tower with diagonal buttresses,
5-bay nave and apsidal chancel. West Tower. 3 stages marked by strings,
with a frieze of saltire crosses below a crenellated parapet with short
corner finials. Above ground level and approached by a flight of brick
and stone steps is a west door with fanlight, wide chamfered surround and
hood mould. Pointed 2-light belfry openings with trefoil head lights and
central mullion extending to the soffit of the arch. On the south side,
breaking through the second stage string is an C18 circular stone sundial.
Nave and chancel. Moulded stone plinth, rusticated quoins of unequal length,
boldly moulded cornice, and opal parapet incorporating balustrading over
the window bays on the south side. Semi-circular arched windows with panelled
pilasters, moulded arches, raised keystones and bracketed sills with aprons.
Bowed south porch with two pairs of Tuscan Columns, heavily moulded cornice
and balustraded parapet; inside is a 2-leaf, 6-panel door within a semi-
circular arched opening with Gibbs surround. Large Venetion east window
with Ionic colonettes, raised keystone, and bracketed sills, and aprons.
Interior. 3-bay Ionic arcade between nave and chancel with semi-circular
arches and raised keys. Plaster ceiling over nave with dentilled and egg
and dart moulded cornice and 3 rectangular panels with quandrant corners;
each has a centrepiece of foliage surround by shells and fleurons. Shell-
like plaster dome over the apse. The east window has bracketed sills and
fluted Ionic pilasters; the centre light has a raised key and the arch springs
from the dentilled cornice of the side lights. Panelled west gallery on
slim cast-iron columns. Fittings. C18 communion rail with twisted and
turned balusters incorporating square knots. Brass chandelier over chancel.
C18 square plan panelled pulpit. Stone font of 1861. Full set of C18 box pews,
and waist high wainscotting. Commandment board of 1903. Georgian royal
arms. Monuments. Recumbant effigies of Sir Humphrey Swynnerton, died 1562,
and wife; they formerly adorned a chest tomb but this has gone and the effigies
are split up. Tablet to Penelope died 1726 wife of Sir Henry Vernon of
Hilton Park (q.v.); Corinthian aedicule flanked by cherubs, gadrooned base,
segmental pediment containing cherubic heads and surmounted by the arms of
the Vernons. B.o.E. pp 233-4; V.C.H. vol V, pp. 179-80.
Listing NGR: SJ9443706589
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Source: English Heritage
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