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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Condover, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.6357 / 52°38'8"N

Longitude: -2.7834 / 2°47'0"W

OS Eastings: 347076

OS Northings: 304502

OS Grid: SJ470045

Mapcode National: GBR BH.71FB

Mapcode Global: WH8C6.60TR

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 13 June 1958

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1176071

English Heritage Legacy ID: 259414

Location: Condover, Shropshire, SY5

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Condover

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Stapleton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text


9/112 Church of St John the
- Baptist

Parish church. Uncoursed sandstone and quartzite rubble with ashlar dressings,
machine tile roof with coped verges. Circa 1190-1210, re-modelled c.1790
with west tower of c.1840; restoration by Slater and Carpenter in 1867.
Nave and chancel in one with former undercroft beneath, west tower and north-
east vestry. Tower: 3 stepped stages with pointed angle quoins and voussoirs;
4 round-headed openings to belfry with embattled parapet; west window to
second stage, also round-headed, has similar door beneath. Nave: north
side has 2 original lancets to upper stage with broad blocked lancet and
lancet of 1867 to west; division from former undercroft marked by a chamfered
band below which are 3 narrow rectangular slits; flying buttress to centre
c.1867; south side: height of former undercroft again marked by a chamfered
band below which are a wide round-headed doorway and a narrow rectangular
slit to east; above to either side of door are 2 Gothic windows of 1867
with an original lancet to east. Chancel: south side has narrow pointed
priest's door (c.1280) and lancet above to east; 2 recessed windows at ground
level to east with spherical triangular tracery c.1867; one lancet on north
to east of gabled vestry, moved eastwards when the vestry and present east
wall (including the triple lancet window) were built in 1867. Interior: no
trace now remains of the undercroft (removed in 1786) except for the dispos-
ition of the windows; arch-braced roof to nave in 5 bays (1867), the eastern-
most truss supported on 2 stone shafts with foliated capitals; contemporary
trussed rafter roof with scissor bracing to chancel; west gallery with richly
carved and painted organ, also 1867; twin sedilia on south and piscina in
north wall date to C19 restoration, but the rectangular recess high up on
the south wall is probably a medieval piscina and presumably served the upper
level of the church; pointed-arched recesses in north and south walls at
west end of chancel are re-cut early C13 work, but their function is unclear;
round-headed doorway to tower with raised keystone and imposts (c.1790)
has nail-studded door; altar fronted by C17 decorative oak panelling and
flanked by 2 tall painted German candlesticks (c.1500), late C19 wall painting
to east wall; plain mid-C19 octagonal font is said to have come from the
Church of the Holy Trinity, Uppington (q.v. under Uppington C.P.); a piece
of embroidery hanging in a frame on the south wall is reputed to have been
worked by Mary Queen of Scots and a board on north wall commemorates the
repair of the church in 1790. Monument: wall memorial to Thomas Meyrick
(died 1778) in tower. The church was probably originally a dependent
chapelry of Condover (q.v. under Church of St Mary and St Andrew, Condover).
A motte (Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No.183) stands approximately
50m to south-east. B.o.E., p.293; D.H.S. Cranage, The Churches of
Shropshire, Part 6 (1903). Pp.509-13.

Listing NGR: SJ4707604502

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