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Church of St Lawrence and Coffin Lids and Benches on South Side, Biddulph

Description: Church of St Lawrence and Coffin Lids and Benches on South Side

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 13 April 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 275227

OS Grid Reference: SJ8899659015
OS Grid Coordinates: 388996, 359015
Latitude/Longitude: 53.1282, -2.1659

Location: A527, Biddulph, Staffordshire ST8 6FB

Locality: Biddulph
Local Authority: Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: ST8 6FB

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Listing Text

SJ 85 NE
SJ 890 590
7/22 Church of St Lawrence
- and coffin lids and
13.4.51 benches on south side


Parish church. C15 core; substantially rebuilt in 1833 by T.Trubshaw, with
additions and Heath Chapel by Ernest Bates done in 1873; slightly altered
in 1894 by Lynham. Red sandstone coursed and dressed; blue machine tile
roof to nave, lead to aisles, (invisible behind parapets). Virtually rec-
tangular plan of projecting south porch, aisles, nave, and chancel, flanked
by chapels ; north-west tower tucked between north aisle and nave,
all of a local Perpendicular, the restoration work of Trubshaw is the
typical Perpendicular of the period. Tower: C15 of 4 stages; thin
diagonal buttresses all turned into diagonal pilaster strips to upper
stages run through to crenellated parapet ; cavetto strings define
bell chamber with gargoyles to centre of upper strings on outer sides;
3-light, 4-centred-arch, panel tracery openings to bell chamber; round-
arch window to first stage on north side. Shallow-gabled Porch of 1833,
with blind parvis window over 4-centre-pointed arch entry contemporary
with Aisles of 4 bays divided by pilaster buttresses of 2 stages; roll
plinth string and further string below parapet, labelled 3-light Perpend-
icular window to each bay; Chapel bays of 1873 built on to east end of
each aisle flanking chancel and gabled to east; taller than aisles; to
south, unfenestrated with upper string stepped over blind opening, similar
to aisles on north with stepped label over high level 3-light east window.
Nave and Chancel: in one range with continuous crenellated parapet and
clerestory of 4 bays of Perpendicular 3-light windows to nave. East
window of 3 tiers of panel tracery; west window also of panel tracery,
with enlarged centre-light, and over 4 centred-arch west door. Seven
coffin lids, mostly inscribed with crosses laid at plinth height, set
as benches between bays of south aisle. Interior: Nave: of 4 bays of
octagonal columns and moulded capitals supporting clerestory and cambered,
coffered, roll-moulded-beamed ceiling with gilded pendant bosses; pent
aisle ceilings similar but simpler; pointed chancel arch with inscription
round extrados. Chancel: 5-sided apse, with 3-tiered, blind,
trefoil-headed panel tracery of 3 bays to all sides (the east window of
3 lights forms part of the device); segmental ribs run to centre boss
of flat ceiling; organ and vestry bay to north and Heath Chapel to
south: pointed arch off aisle, to invisibly top-lit bay; intensely
patterned encaustic tile and marble floor with Heath coat-of-arms to
centre, decorative wrought iron railed enclosure to the Church's major
Monument: William and Mary Heath of 1872, by Matthew Noble, in marble;
the former life-sized set under the figure of Christ, all against a
pointed arch-headed ground; 11 plaques to Heath family on Chapel sides;
further plaque of 1872 to William Heath on south wall of aisle; marble,
twin-columned gabled pilasters to crocketted centre gable over inscription.
Bowyer Memorial: a chest tomb of 1649 in marble, partly vaulted under
tower; slab top with inscribed edge and painted carved coats-of-arms to
longer sides, 18 to north and 3 to south; further Bowyer wall memorial
of 1749 to north aisle; segmental pediment over coat-of-arms, supported
by Ionic pilasters on gadrooned rims to corbels. Font: of drum shape;
round-arched blind arcaded sides; octagonal oak Pulpit on stem, stone
Altar with blind tracery similar to chancel sides. Fragments of medieval
glass retained in east window, including coat-of-arms of Biddulph family.
Painted hatchment to south wall of nave.

Listing NGR: SJ8899659015

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Source: English Heritage

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