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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Drax

Description: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Grade: I
Date Listed: 17 November 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 326465

OS Grid Reference: SE6758726371
OS Grid Coordinates: 467587, 426371
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7294, -0.9770

Location: 123 Main Road, Drax, North Yorkshire YO8 8NR

Locality: Drax
Local Authority: Selby District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO8 8NR

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Listing Text

(north side)
6/15 Church of St Peter and St
Church. C12 with C13, C14, C15, C16 and C19 additions and alterations
including work of c1230 for Letticia, Baroness of Drax. Magnesian limestone
ashlar with slate and lead roof. 3-stage west tower; 4-bay clerestoried
nave with aisles and south porch; 5-bay chancel with north chapel. Tower:
quoins. To west side, first stage are 2 lancet windows. First-stage band.
Trefoiled openings, now blocked to second stage. Second-stage band. Twin-
light bell openings with trefoil heads to third stage. Corbel table.
Gargoyles to angles. Octagonal spire. South porch has pointed arched
opening with roll-moulding and contains 7 reset corbel heads. C18 pointed
double plank doors within opening with roll-moulded hood on foliate capitals
and with chamfered jambs. Nave, south aisle: buttresses; 3-light, straight-
headed windows under hoodmoulds and with decoration to spandrels,
continuous sill band. C12 north aisle widened and rebuilt in C14 with
chapel. Buttresses with offsets. Entrance a plank door within chamfered,
ogeed surround. 3-light windows have reticulated tracery to heads within
straight-headed, double-chamfered surrounds. Clerestory has arcade of 8
Perpendicular windows of 3-stepped lights under continuous hoodmould.
Gargoyles. Enriched battlements. Chancel: plank priest's door with
strapwork hinges within chamfered shouldered surround under cavetto-moulded
hood which forms part of continuous sill band. Lancets within chamfered
surrounds and under hoods throughout, 3 to east end with oculus to gable.
Ashlar coping. Cross at apex. Interior. Double-chamfered, round tower
arch on plain imposts. Nave has C12 3-bay round-arched arcade to north side
with chevron moulding and C14 fleurons, one cylindrical pier with waterleaf
capital, otherwise mainly plain imposts, the easternmost has slender shafts
with waterleaf capitals to angles. C14 4-bay south arcade has double-
chamfered, pointed arches on octagonal piers, 2 piers are buttressed.
Figures of saints support brattished shafts between clerestory windows.
Double-chamfered, round chancel arch with plain imposts. Cavetto-moulded,
double-chamfered arch to north chapel with stiff leaf capitals. Fragment of
C12 sculpture incorporated into C14 north aisle wall and C13 foliate cross
in chancel wall. C12 tub font. Piscina. Several C18 memorial slabs and
tablets. Late C17 altar rail. Set of carved bench ends c1535-50. Remains
of wall painting to north wall of nave. N Pevsner, Yorkshire, The West
Riding, 1979, pp 186-7.

Listing NGR: SE6758826372

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Source: English Heritage

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