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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Leebotwood, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5833 / 52°34'59"N

Longitude: -2.7827 / 2°46'57"W

OS Eastings: 347061

OS Northings: 298673

OS Grid: SO470986

Mapcode National: GBR BH.B7MG

Mapcode Global: WH8CD.7B4F

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 13 June 1958

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1177258

English Heritage Legacy ID: 259596

Location: Leebotwood, Shropshire, SY6

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Leebotwood

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Leebotwood

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text


11/55 Church of St. Mary

- II*

Parish church. C13 with tower and other alterations of 1829. Roughly
coursed red and grey sandstone rubble with grey sandstone ashlar
dressings; C19 slate roof. Nave and chancel in one,with west tower.
Tower: 2 stages, with offset to belfry, and plain parapet with string
and coping; louvred paired stubby chamfered lancet belfry openings,
west window with 3 chamfered lancets of equal height and intersecting
leaded tracery, and pointed-arched west doorway with boarded door.
Nave and chancel: coved stone eaves cornice, and parapeted gable end
to west with kneelers, coping and cross at apex; south side: pilaster
buttress to left; central triple chamfered lancets and pair of chamfered
lancets to right, flanking probably C16 moulded Tudor-arched priest's
doorway off-centre to right with boarded door; partly blocked C13
chamfered-arched south doorway to left with inserted leaded window;
north side: pair of chamfered lancets off-centre to right; east-end:
stepped triple chamfered lancets and small C13 chamfered lancet in
apex of gable above. Interior: 5-bay roof, mainly C19 but one C17
truss in chancel and C15 moulded arch-braced collar truss with carved
dragons in spandrels; pairs of chamfered purlins and elaborately cusped
wind braces in one bay forming foiled shape; C19 billet frieze; chamfered
tower arch without imposts. Fittings include: west gallery with C16
or C17 roll-moulded beam and C19 balustrade with stick balusters;
early C19 three-bay chancel screen between second and third bays with
square Tuscan columns and pilasters without entasis; panelled box
pews of 1776,ramped up to screen,with H-hinges, names of farms, and
some reused C17 fluted panels; early C18 hexagonal wooden pulpit with
tall raised and fielded panels and moulded cornice; reader's desk
and clerk's pew probably also of 1776; circular stone font of c.1843
with moulded base; late C19 ashlar reredos with carved frieze and
pierced cresting; probably early C19 altar rails on 3 sides with stick
balusters; side benches to sanctuary. Stained glass: east window
of c.1854, probably by David Evans of Shrewsbury. Monuments: fine
series of C18 and early C19 monuments to the Corbett family (Longnor
Hall q.v.); especially notable is large tablet monument to Sir Uvedale
Corbett (d.1701) with gadrooned base, flanking columns, and swan-
necked pediment with 2 reclining figures. Medieval wall painting on
north wall of nave. A church on the site is first recorded in 1183.
The church is notable for the completeness of its C18 and early C19
fittings and monuments. V.C.H., Vol. VIII, pp.104-6; B.0.E., p.164;
D.H.S. Cranage, An architectural account of the churches of'Shropshire,
Part 6, p.498.

Listing NGR: SO4706198673

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