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Church of St Leonard

A Grade I Listed Building in Leverington, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6811 / 52°40'51"N

Longitude: 0.1359 / 0°8'9"E

OS Eastings: 544485

OS Northings: 311403

OS Grid: TF444114

Mapcode National: GBR L1H.Z0Q

Mapcode Global: WHJP9.1WZ0

Entry Name: Church of St Leonard

Listing Date: 23 June 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1160993

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48100

Location: Leverington, Fenland, Cambridgeshire, PE13

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Fenland

Civil Parish: Leverington

Built-Up Area: Leverington

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Leverington St Leonard

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

TF 41 SW LEVERINGTON GOREFIELD ROAD
6/27 (North Side)

23.6.52 Church of St Leonard
GV
I


Parish church. The lower stages of the tower and part of the south wall and arcading
between chancel and south chapel are mid C13, the south aisle and porch are C14. The
C13 nave was rebuilt in C15 when the north aisle was added. Particularly noteworthy
are the west tower and spire, south porch and the monuments in the south chapel. West
tower of Barnack ashlar. Embattled and of four stages on splayed plinth with
octagonal turrets at the eaves. Four stage angle buttressing with newel staircases in
south west and north west angles. C14 gabled west doorway. Two cented arch, hollow
and roll moulded orders, the roll moulding carried on an attached shaft with moulded
capital and base. In the gable is a niche with a figure, probably of a priest. The
first stage of the west wall has two lancets with banded angle shafts and there is
similar arcading of three bays with the central bay pierced on the north and south
walls. Second stage has similar fenestration but there are three banded angle shafts
between the lancets. In the east wall similar openings are blocked by the later roof
of the nave. C14 bell stage. Two centred arch to two trefoil openings with a foiled
head. C14 spire of Barnack ashlar with three tiers of gabled spite lights. Nave,
rebuilt C15 of coursed Barnack with low pitch, roof of C19 slates. Clerestory of six
windows, each of three cinquefoil lights in four centred heads. South aisle, C14,
with C15 embattled parapet to roof and C15 fenestration of five windows, each of three
cinquefoil lights. Fine south porch with parvise room above, C14, restored 1939.
Rubble with coursed stone to buttressing and newel staircase in north west corner.
Gabled roof with parapet and running foliate ornament to ridge and gable, with the
corners and apex surmounted by a finial. Two storeys. Niche in gable end, cinquefoil
head in ogee arch with ornament and flanked by square piers above a C14 window of two
cinquefoil lights in an ogee arch. The outer archway has hollow and roll mouldings in
an ogee arch and is flanked by two similar C14 niches. The interior of the porch is
in two bays with quadripartite vaulting springing from attached shafts with embattled
capitals. South chapel, C13 origins but rebuilt C14. Three windows, one blocked,
others restored, Of three cinquefoil lights in a pointed arch. The east window is of
five lights with decorated tracery in a two-centred arch. Chancel, C14. The south
wall has one window of three lights with transom forming a low side, with vertical
tracery and two-centred arch. Interior. The north and south walls of the tower have
at first and second stages deep splays to reveals of centre window openings. Doorway
to newel staircase with two-centred arch of single chamfered order. Tower arch, C15
of three hollow moulded orders with stiff-leaf foliate capitals on attached shafts
with moulded bases. Nave, north and south arcades of six bays, C15. Two-centred
arches of single hollow moulded order with moulded label contrived as attached shaft
to piers. Each pier, square, set diagonally, with attached shafts to two angles,
moulded capitals and bases. The attached shafts are carried up and terminate in
corbels for jack-posts of the roof. The gable end of the C13 roof can be seen in the
east wall of the tower. Chancel, C14 with C15 fenestration to north and south walls
and a C13 arcade of two bays betwen chancel and south chapel. Two-centred, hollow and
roll moulded arches on columns of four grouped shafts with moulded capitals and
bases. Sedilia, C14 of three bays. Two-centred, hollow moulded orders. Communion
rail, mid-late C17. Twisted balusters with moulded rail. Lectern, late C15,
restored. In form of eagle, and of wood, painted. Glazing. East window of north
aisle, Tree of Jesse, C15, restored 1900. In south chapel pieta with kneeling saints
and donors, C15, reset. Wall monuments in south chapel. Thomas Crosse, 1633,
John Cross, 1743, Daniel Swain, 1782, and Mary his wife, 1804. Spelman Swain, 1761.
Mary Swaine, 1731, and John Swaine, 1752. Font C15. Octagonal with sides carved with
seated figures in niches with cinquefoil heads anc crocketed gables. The soffit of
the bowl and the stem and base are also carved.
VCR (Cambs), Vol.IV, p.186.
Pevsner (Buildings of England), p.422.


Listing NGR: TF4448511403

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