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Church of St Peter, Conisbrough

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 November 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 334797

OS Grid Reference: SK5122098754
OS Grid Coordinates: 451220, 398754
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4830, -1.2296

Location: 17 Church Street, Doncaster DN12 3HW

Locality: Conisbrough
County: Doncaster
Country: England
Postcode: DN12 3HW

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Listing Text

SK59NW (east side)
5/11/62 Church of St. Peter


Church. Probably of C8 origin, remodelled C12, C14 and C15; restored 1866
and in later C19; vestry added 1913-14. Ashlar and rubble magnesian
limestone, lead roofs. West tower overlapped by aisles to 3-bay nave, south
porch; 2-bay chancel with north chapel in extension of aisle and north
vestry. Tower: pre-Conquest core refaced C15; much restored. Chamfered
plinth, moulded band; offset angle buttresses flank pointed-arched west door
with hoodmould; string course beneath pointed-arched 3-light window having
unrestored hoodmould with head-carved stops; statue niche over. North and
south clocks and offset beneath belfry stage having pairs of transomed,
2-light openings with cusped blind panels below louvres; shared hoodmoulds
with head-carved stops. String course with north and south gargoyles and
traceried frieze beneath embattled parapet with 4 crocketed pinnacles. Navel
aisle overlap to south of tower is of C15 ashlar with diagonal west buttress,
square-headed window to south and triangular-headed 3-light window to west.
C15 porch, restored C20, has angle buttresses and iron gates across pointed
arch with shafted jambs, dog tooth to soffit and billeted hoodmould; 2-order
C12 doorway within has renewed shafts and left capital to arch with chamfer,
zig-zag and dogtoothed hood; C15 grave slab on inner porch wall to east
beneath niche with seated figure. C14 aisle on right is of rubble with
buttresses to east and between 2-light windows with chamfered, quoined
surrounds and shouldered heads; Decorated 3-light east window has renewed
tracery with couchettes beneath old hoodmould. C15 clerestorey: ashlar;
pointed 3-light windows with hoodmoulds. Embattled parapets throughout
south side, that to nave with crocketed pinnacles and east cross. North
aisle, rebuilt 1866, incorporates 2 round-headed windows. Chancel: rebuilt
OS in ashlar with chamfered plinth and moulded bandy buttresses to east and
between bays. Tudor-arched priests' door beneath C20 hollow-chamfered 3-
light window with square-head; to left a restored C15 window of 2-lights in
same style; similar 3-light window on right has arched head. 5-light east
window with renewed tracery to cusped ogee heads beneath arch with hoodmould.
String course beneath coped ashlar parapet with crocketed east pinnacles and
cross. Separately-roofed vestry of 1913 has Tudor-arched east door flanked
by hooded ogee windows; similar north and west windows.
Interior: tall double-chamfered tower arch; low C12 round arches from tower
to aisles beneath round-headed slit windows. Pre-conquest side-alternate
quoins to west end of nave visible from aisles. North arcade: 3 bays with
plain round arches, bay-I arch taller; cylindrical piers with 1 scalloped
capital and I carved with figures in foliage. Over central arch a blocked
Saxon window with round-arched head cut in a single stone, the window splays
externally; over outer arches are the quoined jambs of other pre-Conquest
openings, their heads cut by clerestorey windows. South arcade, of c1200,
has 3 pointed arches on cylindrical piers with differing carved capitals In
south aisle a triangular-headed piscina with projecting square bowl. in
north aisle an ogee recess beneath eastern aisle window; opposite is a semi-
octagonal column piscina in C13 style; squint in wall above. Chancel arch:
C12, restored, with roll-mould continued as shafts down west side and
lozenge-carved imposts. C19 double-chamfered arch into north chapel with
blocked, pointed doorway to east having quadrant moulding. Around east end
of chancel is a string course above round-headed south piscina and recess in
north wall with iron stanchions.
Font: Perpendicular, octagonal with 4 shafts about the column; shields and
figures in quatrefoiled side panels. Medieval altar stone, brought from
castle and now in north chapel, has 5 crosses and relic box niche.
Monuments: C13 cross slab at east end of north aisle; above it a wall
monument to the Bosvile family having oval plaque set amongst foliage. On
chancel south wall a monument by Knowles of Manchester to W. Richard
Woodyeare (d.1835). On north wall that by Thomas of London to Fountain John
Woodyeare of Crookhill Hall (d.1814). Brasses: near pulpit to Marie Tofield
(d.1755); on chancel south wall to Rev. Henry Saxton dated 1665; in north
aisle recess to Nicholas Bosvile (d.1523). In south aisle a remarkable C12
coped tomb chest bearing medallions with knights in combat, winged beasts and
zodiac signs; sides have palmettes and warrior fighting a dragon whilst
bishop with crozier stands by. Glass: jumbled C15 glass with 3 heads in
chancel south window; east window of 1866 by H. Hughes.
Detailed description in P.F. Ryder, Saxon Churchesin South Yorkshire, County
Archaeology Monograph No 2, 1982, pp 45-61.

Listing NGR: SK5121898753

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Source: English Heritage

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