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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ashby Magna, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5093 / 52°30'33"N

Longitude: -1.1709 / 1°10'15"W

OS Eastings: 456370

OS Northings: 290479

OS Grid: SP563904

Mapcode National: GBR 8NY.QSL

Mapcode Global: VHCT6.N6C6

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 11 January 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1061550

English Heritage Legacy ID: 191150

Location: Ashby Magna, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE17

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: Ashby Magna

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Ashby Magna St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text


Church of St. Mary


Parish Church. Essentially a late C13 building given a new chancel and
restored in 1861. Random granite rubble with galletting, and limestone
dressings. Plain tiled roofs with ridge cresting. Tower, nave with north
aisle, chancel. West tower of four stages with angle buttresses, one of which
contains a worn niche with fleurons. Embattled parapets. Blocked narrow west
doorway and 3-light window above it, Victorian in the Decorated style. Paired
foiled lights to bell chamber. Tall south wall with Victorian inserted
3-light windows of coarse Decorated tracery. There are two earlier windows
above as if forming a clerestory: these are each a single light with rounded
head. Chancel is entirely Victorian and the stonework is of a smaller grade
of rubble. South windows are in a C13 style. The east window consists of 2
pairs of lancets with quatrefoil above, forming a plate traceried design.
Late C13 style windows in north aisle are of intersecting tracery, but also
C19, as is the north doorway with its slight roll mouldings. Plinths and
buttresses to the aisle, and parapet to north nave wall, like a blind
clerestory. Inside, the nave extends west of the 3 bay north arcade to the
tower arch which is double chamfered and has an inner arch springing from
corbels. Late C13 arcade has short octagonal shafts with abaci and double
chamfered arches with outer hoodmould with corbel heads. The eastern respond
is cut by the chancel wall showing that when the chancel was rebuilt it was
brought slightly forward from its original alignment. Nave roof has tie beams
and queen posts with curved bracing. Chancel arch has clustered shafts as
responds and is chamfered with hoodmould. Shallow arch through to late C19
vestry to north of chancel. Piscinas in north and south are Victorian in an
early C14 style. North window has two paired lancets set behind a double
arched recess with central freestanding column. Furnishings and fittings all
apparently date from the restoration. Stained glass: tiny fragments of C15
glass survive in one north aisle window: small yellow flowers. West window
has glass of c1860 and the chancel east and south windows are of 1847: scenes
from the life of Christ in medieval style combine uneasily with the more
abstract backdrop of medallions. Round the west tower arch are stencilled
Victorian flowers while the north doorway and the chancel arch are surmounted
by texts. Evidently there were other texts and a painted frieze adorning the
south wall but these have almost perished leaving only shadowy traces.

Listing NGR: SP5637090479

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