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Church of St Leonard, Birdingbury

Description: Church of St Leonard

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 308648

OS Grid Reference: SP4323068633
OS Grid Coordinates: 443230, 268633
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3141, -1.3673

Location: Main Street, Birdingbury, Warwickshire CV23 8EW

Locality: Birdingbury
Local Authority: Rugby Borough Council
County: Warwickshire
Country: England
Postcode: CV23 8EW

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Listing Text

SP46NW (East side)
5/7 Church of St. Leonard
Church. Mid/late C18. Enlarged, altered and gothicised 1873. Limestone ashlar
with plinth, and sill course and moulded cornice to north and south sides. Apse
of rock-faced, regular coursed stone with ashlar dressings. Tile roof has coped
gable parapets with moulded kneelers, and ridge cresting; cupola has lead roof.
Apse, nave and chancel partly in one, narthex and west cupola. Classical and
Gothic Revival styles. 3 bays, with one-bay apse. Classical west front of yellow
stone has 4 Tuscan pilasters and pediment surmounted by cupola. Moulded fielded
6-panelled door in moulded stone architrave with cornice. Cupola has
round-arched bell openings and finial with weathervane. Polygonal apse of 1873
has splayed plinth and sill course. 2-light windows have simple plate tracery
with continuous hood mould. Hipped roof has metal finial. North and south sides
have 2-light chancel window with plate tracery and hood mould. Paired lancets
with continous hood moulds. Narthex has small lancets, with small single light
below on north side. Interior: Early English style chancel has triple shafts and
stiff leaf sill frieze to apse. Elaborately painted rib vault has Christ in
Majesty, angels, and patterns. Piscina and sedilia have trefoiled round arches
and granite shafts. Apse arch of 2 moulded orders, the outer with shafts, the
inner with colonnettes and stiff leaf and head capitals. Outer part of chancel
has stiff leaf frieze. Windows throughout have attached shafts. Painted panelled
deep coved and barrel vaulted roof has roof truss on colonnettes forming chancel
arch. Nave has panelled crown post roof. West wall has 3 arches with gallery in
upper part. Round arched double-leaf 6-panelled doors. Gallery fronts have 2
fielded panels and dentil cornice. Fittings: C18 stone font has baluster stem
with gadrooned base and leaf-moulded bowl. C18 octagonal pulpit has marquetry
and dentil cornice. Fielded panelled box pews. Screen, lectern, chancel stalls
and altar rails of 1873. C18 carved and gilded royal arms panel on gallery. The
rebuilding was at the expense of the Reverend R. Hickman.
(V.C.H.: Warwickshire, Vol.6, 1892, p.38; Buildings of England: Warwickshire,
p.96; Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire, p.38).

Listing NGR: SP4323068633

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Source: English Heritage

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