Description: Church of St Luke with Gargoyles to West and Effigy to East
Date Listed: 1 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 274324
OS Grid Reference: SK1132761500
OS Grid Coordinates: 411327, 361500
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1505, -1.8321
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SK 16 SW SHEEN C.P. SHEEN
6/106 Church of St Luke
with gargoyles to west
1.2.67 and effigy to east
Parish church. C14 remains to building of circa 1850-2 by C.W. Burleigh,
superceded by Butterfield. Coursed stone dressings; blue slate roof;
verge parapets. West tower, nave, chancel, vestry and porch; in middle
pointed Gothic. Tower: of three stages, angle buttresses of three stages
up to second stage; parapet frieze of shields set in cusped lattice
pattern, gargoyles at angles; short recessed pyramidal lead-covered
spire; small trefoil-headed lights, except to bell chamber in twin
trefoil-headed lights, quatrefoil over, to pointed arch; west end
window similar; stone stairway on north side to ringing chamber.
Nave: of 3 bays; 2-stage angle buttresses; two-light pointed trefoil
leaded lights, label over; low-gabled porch, pointed-arch entry; C14
stonework in north wall of nave. Chancel: lower than nave, of two
bays divided by 2-stage buttresses with gablet heads; six-light pointed
east window of trefoil heads and hexafoil over. Vestry: lower than
chancel and projecting from north side, narrow with steeply pitched
solid stone block roof. Interior: aisleless nave, pointed chancel
arch with moulded imposts; king post roof on tie beam, cusped diagonal
braces and principals; pointed deep-ribbed vault to chancel and vestry.
Trefoil-headed piscina set in reveal angle of chancel window; slight
oak screen with gablet over aisle; small octagonal oak pulpit on stone
trefoil-headed battered base struts; octagonal stone font, stencilled
quatrefoils around top, square base, oak spire cover; two boarded
screens to vestry with fretted door panels in Venetian Gothic style.
Stained glass by O'Connor, circa 1854. Recumbent effigy outside east
end (of a priest?) and discarded gargoyles below tower, on site at
time of resurvey (June 1984). A.J.B. Beresford Hope, patron of the
living and friend of the Camden Society, having been acquainted with
Butterfield's work at All Saints, Margaret Street, London, must have
decided at a late stage in the building of the church to supplant
Burleigh. The vestry and chancel roof are clearly by Butterfield, as
is the recessed spire, the remainder and core the more pedestrian work
of Burleigh. (A Brief History of St. Luke's Church, Sheen).
Listing NGR: SK1132761500
Source: English Heritage
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