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Church of St Mary, Stretton

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 March 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 273655

OS Grid Reference: SK2537426354
OS Grid Coordinates: 425374, 326354
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8341, -1.6248

Locality: Stretton
Local Authority: East Staffordshire Borough Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: DE13 0DE

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Listing Text

SK 22 NE
4/76 Church of St Mary
- II*

Parish church. 1895-7 by Micklethwaite & Somers Clarke for John Gretton
of Bass, Ratcliff & Gretton, Brewers. Sandstone ashlar, tiled roofs to
nave and chancel, copper to aisles. Powerful and poised Decorated style.
Tower, nave, chancel, north and south aisles (both with porches) and vestry
to transept. Tower: substantial; rising at the crossing, screened at the
base by the south aisle and vestry; of approximately 4 stages, angle
buttresses of 4 stages, deep parapet to pyramidal roof; heavily rebated,
pointed bell chamber openings, 2 to each face; quatrefoil panel to central
stage and Tudor arch panel tracery 4-light window to south at clerestory
level. Nave: tall, on plinth, with deep clerestory, crenellated parapet
and 4, pointed 2-light windows; deeply chamfered (almost octagonal) bold
towers at western end flanking west end window, pointed of 5 lights and
elaborate geometric tracery. Chancel: of same height as nave and continuing
nave details for one bay only, framed at east by diagonal buttresses;
5-light pointed East window. South aisle: pent to nave of 6 bays, the
west bay occupied by the south porch; low-pitched, parapetted roof and
diagonal 3-stage buttresses to pointed deeply rebated entrance arch; aisle
bays also divided by 3-stage buttresses, 2 shorter bays corresponding to
tower with gabletted cappings over parapet; Tudor-arched, trefoil-headed
3-light windows with curvilinear tracery. North aisle: similar to south
up to tower then gabled 2-storey vestry appearing as a full-scale transept;
octagonal tower against east side of gable. Interior: nave of 4 bays,
pointed-arch arcades on octagonal columns; pointed chancel tower arches.
Exposed beamed ceiling to nave; boarded barrel vault to chancel; substantial
stone screen to chancel, continued in similar style to both aisles; wrought
iron gates with brass fleurons; blind arcade to north aisle. Piscina and
sedilia of 5 pointed bays. Pulpit: oak, small, octagonal on stone stand.
Font: of Purbeck marble, well figured octagonal bowl and ornate moulded
stand, octagonal spire cover. Glass: the East window was designed by
Sir William Richmond. B.o.E.

Listing NGR: SK2537426354

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Source: English Heritage

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