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Church of St Leonard, Blithfield

Description: Church of St Leonard

Grade: I
Date Listed: 12 January 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 273785

OS Grid Reference: SK0441623991
OS Grid Coordinates: 404416, 323991
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8134, -1.9359

Location: Blithfield, Staffordshire WS15 3NL

Locality: Blithfield
Local Authority: East Staffordshire Borough Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: WS15 3NL

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Listing Text


13/78 Church of St. Leonard


Parish Church. c1300; vestry added 1829-30; porch added 1860 by
Street, chancel restored 1851 by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.
Ashlar; slate roof to chancel with crested ridge tiles and coped verges. West tower with diagonal buttressses, 4-bay nave with aisles and south porch, 3-bay chancel with angle buttresses and octagonal north vestry with buttress to each angle.
West tower: 2 stages with crenellated parapet; buttresses die away
below belfry stage which is later probably mid C19 addition; 2-light
West window (restored) with hood mould terminating in heads, small
square-headed window above containing 2 trefoil arched lights with super
mullions over, pointed 2-light belfry openings with hood moulds termina-
ting in heads. Nave: Late C15/16 clerestory windows of 3 trefoil
headed lights under a 4-centred arch. Aisles have square-headed windows
of 2 ogee trefoil arch lights, and moulded parapet. Gabled South porch
with pointed arch to pointed South door, and arch-braced roof. Chancel:
pointed windows with Y-tracery, bay divisions marked by buttresses,
pointed East window of 5 lights with intersecting tracery; recess on
South side containing recumbant effigy of a priest, early C13. Vestry:
Tudor arch door to west; 3-light window to north and 2-light window
to east, both consisting of trefoil arched lights under a square head.
Interior: Nave arcade of double chamfered pointed arches on cylindrical
columns with moulded capitals, hood moulds terminating in heads; wide
pointed chancel arch with continuous roll moulding and broad fillet;
pointed tower arch with similar moulding, restored; nave roof of c.1853
a copy of the original of c1500, nearly flat with moulded tie beams,
principal rafters and ridge piece, and chamfered common rafters; C19
scissor braced chancel roof; sedilia with trefoil headed niches and
continuous hood mould; double piscina with trefoil ogee arch and
quatrefoil tracery over, and 2 scalloped basins. Fittings: C12
pillar piscina with scalloped bowl; C14 font, octagonal with roll
moulded bands; C15 bench ends with carved tracery and poppyheads; C15
rood screen restored by Bodley in 1881, 4 lights each side of a central
opening, frieze and cresting; C19 pulpit attributed to Pugin, octagonal
with panelled sides; altar rail, mid-C19, brass. Monuments: Chancel:
Chest tomb, Sir Lewis Bagot died 1534, effigies of Sir Lewis and his 2
wives incised on top; Chest tomb, Thomas Bagot d. 1541, and wife, 2
figures incised on top; chest tomb, Sir Richard Bagot d. 1596 and wife,
2 recumbant effigies, Sir Richard in plate armour, a helmet with goats
head crest is hung above the tomb; incised slab on floor to Francis
Aston d. 1593 and wife; cartouche to Hervey Bagot d. 1755; 3 late
C17/early C18 aedilular wall plaques, one with Ionic columns surmounted
by urn spouting flame, looped up curtains to sides, the others have
Corinthian columns, foliated brackets and open top pediments containing
coats of arms. Vestry: 2 wall plaques, Sir Edward Bagot d. 1673,
semi-circular head surmounted by coat of arms and flanking cherubs,
the other double, Sir Walter Bagot and Dame Jane Bagot, d. 1695, 2 semi-
circular headed panels, outer foliated pilasters,gadrooned cornice.
B.O.E. p.72.

Listing NGR: SK0441323990

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Source: English Heritage

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