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Church of St John the Baptist in the Wilderness, Upper and Lower Shuckburgh

Description: Church of St John the Baptist in the Wilderness

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 30 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 305730

OS Grid Reference: SP4970961761
OS Grid Coordinates: 449709, 261761
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2518, -1.2732

Location: Lower Shuckburgh, Warwickshire NN11 6DT

Locality: Upper and Lower Shuckburgh
Local Authority: Stratford-on-Avon District Council
County: Warwickshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN11 6DT

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There is also a scheduled monument, Upper Shuckburgh Medieval Settlement to the South and East of Shuckburgh Park, 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.

Listing Text

2/154 Church of St. John the
30/05/67 Baptist in the Wilderness


Church. C13 or earlier origins; tower C13 with C19 bell stage. Very largely
rebuilt mid C19. Ironstone: chancel and nave north walls and lower stages of
tower of rubble; chancel and upper part of tower squared coursed stone; south
chapel and nave walls, porch and turret regular coursed; north chapel rock
faced. Tile roofs have coped gable parapets and kneelers. Chancel, north and
south chapels, nave, north porch, west tower, south-west turret. 2-bay chancel,
2-bay nave. Chancels and chapels have diagonal buttresses with 2 offsets.
Varying tracery, mostly Perpendicular. 3-light east and 2-light chapel north
windows have hood-moulds with return stops. North chapel has east and west
lancets. Sill course, stepping down to left and right. Tudor-arch and hood-mould
with carved lozenge stops below. C14 foliated stone child's coffin lid inset.
Gable has small foliated cross inset. Cross finial. South chapel similar, but
with early/mid C18 inset carved panels of a skull, hour glass, sickle etc. All
insets of white stone. Porch has splayed plinth and sill course. Moulded C14/C15
arch with 2-light windows. Moulded north doorway with plank door. Porch and nave
have largely or wholly C19 Decorated straight-headed windows. North side has
3-light window. Frieze of ogee arches on corbels. South side has blocked
chamfered-arch doorway with hood-mould. 3-light eastern and 2-light western
windows. Tower of 3 stages has west lancet. Blank second stage. Third stage has
2-light openings with geometrical tracery and nook shafts, and slate louvres.
Moulded cornice and parapet with pinnacles. Round south-west turret to first
stage only. Chamfered straight-headed west door. Slit window to south. Moulded
cornice and parapet. Interior: plastered walls. Perpendicular style. Chancel
east and north windows have plaster hood-moulds; east window has head stops.
Sanctuary has plaster panelled dado of blind tracery. Good mid C19 encaustic
tile floor, probably Minton to designs by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Chancel and nave have richly decorated hammer-beam roofs with moulded timbers and openwork. Chancel roof has moulded corbels with carved symbolic animals holding banners. Hammer-beams have angels holding texts. Ribbed panelled roof has elaborate bosses. Moulded stone arches to chapels have shafts and hood-moulds. Early English style chancel arch of 3 orders has triple shafts. Cinqfoiled circular opening above. Nave north door has hood-mould. Double hammerbeam roof, each bay divided into 2 by subsidiary hammerbeam trusses. Hammerbeams have gilt foliage bosses; upper beams have painted shields. Elaborate carving, Panelled roof with decorative wind bracing. Early English style moulded tower arch has colonnettes with naturalistically carved capitals and corbels. Fittings: C17 octagonal font and lid with finial on C19 stem. Perpendicular mid C19 altar rails and mid/late C19 screen. Lavishly carved mid C19 pulpit and with twisted columns, Gothic tracery, naturalistic foliage, etc. Lectern with buttresses and angle brackets. Benches with carved fleurs-de-lys ends and Gothic open panels. Mid C19 chancel stalls have arcading. Text panels on east wall have elaborate plaster Gothic frames with painted curtain, from which a plaster hand emerges, holding a board painted as an open book. Stained glass: some late C16 heraldic panels in nave south-west window. Many mid C19 windows. Monuments to the Shuckburgh family. Chancel south: Anthony 1594 and Anne; pair of brasses. John 1724; wall monument by Hunt of Northampton. Catherine 1683; fine Baroque wall monument with portrait bust.
North chapel: Margaret Cotes c.1500; lower half of brass. Thomas 1549 and
Elizabeth; parts of brasses. Sir Stukeley; classical wall monument of coloured
marble with fine portrait medallion. South chapel: Margery 1629 and John 1631;
large painted monument with effigies , deep arch and canopy with columns.
Richard S. 1663; elaborate Baroque monument on pedestal with bust in niche, said
to be by Beniers. Nave north: Sir Stewkeley 1809; Neoclassical wall monument.
Lady S. 1783; Neoclassical wall monument with sarcophagus angel and urn. Sir
George Shuckburgh-Evelyn 1804; wall monument with globe and astrolabe by
Flaxman. Nave south: Lady Grace 1677: wall monument. Lady Shuckburgh-Evelyn
1797; fine Neoclassical wall monument by Flaxman, with relief of the deceased
and her grieving family around her. Lady S. 1846; elaborate Gothic wall monument
by R. Brown, with a hand holding a brass scroll. Many good C18, C19 and early
C20 tablets. An excellent example of a small estate church with fine monuments
to the Shuckburgh family who have lived at Shuckburgh for 1000 years.

(V.C.H.: Warickshire: Vol.VI, pp.217-218; Buildings of England: Warwickshire,

Listing NGR: SP4970961761

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Source: English Heritage

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