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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Willoughby Waterleys, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5271 / 52°31'37"N

Longitude: -1.1533 / 1°9'11"W

OS Eastings: 457540

OS Northings: 292472

OS Grid: SP575924

Mapcode National: GBR 8NS.H8L

Mapcode Global: VHCT0.YRN3

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 11 January 1955

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1180279

English Heritage Legacy ID: 191217

Location: Willoughby Waterleys, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE8

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: Willoughby Waterleys

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Willoughby Waterleys St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

4/69 Church of St. Mary

Parish Church. Partly C13, though most of its dateable features are C14, or
renewed in a C14 style during thorough restoration work in 1875. Rubble or
cobble construction, with leaded nave and aisle roofs and Swithland slate to
chancel. Tower however is of coursed and squared rubble. West tower nave and
north aisle, chancel. West tower of three stages with plinth and angle
buttresses. Paired pointed lights to bell chamber and 2-tier west window,
renewed. Embattled parapet. Buttressed south wall with windows renewed in
reticulated tracery. The middle window has ball-flower decoration in
hoodmould. The chancel is entirely of 1875, steeply roofed with ridge
cresting and cross finials to east and west coped gables. Door and 2-light
window to south, 3-light east window in C14 style. Small lean-to vestry to
north. North aisle is buttressed with small steeply gabled porch enclosing
early C14 doorway with double hollow chamfered jambs. Decorated style
windows, and a central window originally of the C15, with a stilted
hoodmould. Inside late C13 arch to tower, roughly worked with heavy inner
chamfer springing from corbels. North arcade of 4 bays, largely C14.
Octagonal shafts and abaci support double chamfered arches which have outer
hoodmould with label stop heads, but the east and west responds are keeled,
and apparently earlier. The arcade does not run up to the east wall of the
nave and a small 2 centred archway cuts through the last solid section of
wall. Chancel arch of 1875 springs from stumpy corbel shafts. C15 nave
roof: moulded tiebeams have central bosses carved as faces and the braces
spring from stone corbels forming a series of placid or grotesque heads.
Chancel of 1875 with sedilia and piscina in Decorated style. Canted wagon
roof. Reredos of 1919, wood with carved figures. The other furnishings both
here and in the body of the Church date from the restoration and include
encaustic floor tiles, a wood pulpit, pews and screens to west tower and
vestry, these in a heavy gothick style. Stained glass: east window may be
c1840, replaced. On a geometrically patterned background is superimposed an
illustration of the Good Shepherd. Central north nave window has glass of
1913, in a traditional painted style, darkly coloured main figures, but white
and yellow angels in the upper lights. C13 font has shallow chamfered round
basin on tall cylindrical base.

Listing NGR: SP5754092472

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