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Church of St Mary, Checkley

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 3 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 274904

OS Grid Reference: SK0279837889
OS Grid Coordinates: 402798, 337889
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9384, -1.9598

Location: Church Lane, Checkley, Staffordshire ST10 4NJ

Locality: Checkley
Local Authority: Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: ST10 4NJ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Three Anglo-Scandinavian Crosses in St Mary's and All Saints' Churchyard, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


9/100 Church of St. Mary
3.1.67 (formerly listed as Church of
St Mary and All Saints)


Parish church. C12 core with work of early C14. C15 and substantially
rebuilt C17. Finely coursed, squared and dressed yellow sandstone;
lead covered roofs invisible behind parapets. West tower, nave, north
and south aisles, south porch and chancel. Tower of approximately five
stages with thin buttresses of 3 stages; tower is stepped-in below bell
chamber; string with gargoyles below plain parapet which has small
(almost insignificant) crocketed pinnacles at angles, C17 bell chamber
openings are round arched with two-light panel tracery (with transoms),
lancets below; blind west window round-arched with pilasters in double
reveal over 3-light panel tracery window. Nave: C17 clerestory windows;
crenellated parapet on string; rainwater heads carry the date 1810.
North aisle: of three buttressed bays with crenellated parapet; two
labelled, almost round-arched C17 3-light windows on moulded cill band
and pointed entrance in smaller east bay; east and west end windows with
intersecting tracery. South aisle: of three bays similar to north,
three-light, labelled square-headed windows, pointed 3-light east and
west end windows. South door circa 1300 pointed with deep moulded reveal,
3 pilasters, ball flower towards extrados and moulded finial; south porch
has rib vault and solid stone roof with pointed outer entrance. Chancel:
late C13 of four bays divided by thin buttresses of two stages; pointed
3-light windows with moulded, deep reveals and intersecting tracery,
similar 5-light east window with fleuron decoration at intersections of
tracery; Tudor arch priest door to right of centre bay on south side.
Interior: nave of four bays: pointed arcade, circular columns but the
central column on the north side is octagonal and on the south side
clustered. Pointed chancel arch of early C13 with steps up to chancel.
Nave roof of low pitch; stubby posts off moulded tie beams carry moulded
purlins; chancel roof similar but with panel tracery in the space between
tie beam and roof. Aisle roofs of C19 with pent tie beams. Pulpit:
stone, C19, four sides of an octagon with arcading. Font: C12 drum-shaped
with low relief carving depicting a donkey. Choir stalls: circa 1535
with poppyhead finials. Monument: cross legged C14 knight to chancel
north and effigy of Godfrey Foljambe and wife to south on alabaster
crest circa 1560; four marble plaques to east of south aisle including
one to the Phillips family of Tean House (qv); hatchment over south
door. Glass: C14 glass in chancel. B.0.E., p.99.

Listing NGR: SK0279237889

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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