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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II* Listed Building in Looe, Cornwall

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3528 / 50°21'9"N

Longitude: -4.4556 / 4°27'20"W

OS Eastings: 225402

OS Northings: 53201

OS Grid: SX254532

Mapcode National: GBR NG.W1BR

Mapcode Global: FRA 18K3.FZ5

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 19 March 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201132

English Heritage Legacy ID: 376467

Location: Looe, Cornwall, PL13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Looe

Built-Up Area: Looe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Martin with St Nicholas, Looe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


LOOE

SX2453 WEST LOOE SQUARE, West Looe
857-1/4/118 (South East side)
19/03/51 Church of St Nicholas

GV II*

Parish church, later a guildhall and borough prison then a
school. C12 or C13, altered probably C16; restored 1852 and
1862.
MATERIALS: rubble walls, dry slate roofs with some C17 crested
clay ridge tiles over chancel; tower with pyramidal roof
surmounted by finiala with weather vane; brick stack over
boiler house.
PLAN: nave/chancel under one roof; original west tower later
heightened; later north aisle over former prison with
vestry/boiler house at its east end.
EXTERIOR: possibly C12 round-headed hollow-chamfered west
doorway of volcanic stone and similar smaller unchamfered
doorway to return wall of tower, both near the angle; C13
hollow chamfered lancet above west doorway. C19 windows: 2
granite lancets to the south aisle (and evidence for former
south doorway); three pairs of freestone lancets to north
wall; boiler house with pair of mortared lancets on the left
and mortared pointed doorway; blocked doorway to the right of
aisle; 3-light lancet window to east wall of aisle. Chancel
has 3-light traceried east window and granite 2-light north
window with cinquefoil heads to the lights.
INTERIOR: plastered walls; C16 oak waggon roof to chancel and
roof probably of same date over nave with 5 bays of oak
trusses with morticed and cranked collars and curved truss
feet carried on wallplates (similar to roof of Old Guildhall
qv, East Looe). 3-bay arcade between nave and north aisle with
posts and braces (knees) of reused ships' timbers. North aisle
roof has 6 bays with C19 scissor trusses; pointed tower arch;
some slate flooring by west doorway and C14 trefoil-headed
freestone piscina to chancel.
FITTINGS: round freestone font in C12/C13 style with cable and
dog-tooth carving to rim and carved foliage to base of bowl;
C17 carved oak chair; C20 pulpit to John Gustave Webb and 1933
pews with carved ends.
(The Buildings of England: Radcliffe E and Pevsner N:
Cornwall: 1970-: 106).


Listing NGR: SX2540253201

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