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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in King's Norton, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5979 / 52°35'52"N

Longitude: -0.9841 / 0°59'2"W

OS Eastings: 468905

OS Northings: 300494

OS Grid: SK689004

Mapcode National: GBR 9PK.40M

Mapcode Global: WHFKQ.VYKS

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 29 December 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1360627

English Heritage Legacy ID: 190725

Location: King's Norton, Harborough, Leicestershire, LE7

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

Civil Parish: King's Norton

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Gaulby Group

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text


SK 60 SE

5/63 Church of St. John the Baptist



Church. 1757-75. By John Wing the Younger, of Leicester, for William Fortrey,
the Squire of King's Norton. Ashlar with parapetted roof. W tower with nave
and chancel under one roof. In Gothic Revival style with plinth, buttresses
and angle buttresses with set-offs, and the windows with ogee hood moulds
and label stops. W tower of 4 stages. W doorway and various windows, quatrefoil
and cusped diamond openings in lower 3 stages. 3 friezes of quatrefoils,
circles with wheels of mouchettes, and cusped triangles, 4 paired 2-light
bell openings, machicolated frieze, cornice frieze, openwork parapet of quatrefoils
and crocketted pinnacles. A crocketted spire was destroyed by lightning
in 1850. The nave has 7 2-light windows either side, with transoms and Reticulated
tracery. Above is a cusped triangle frieze, an openwork parapet of quatrefoils,
and crocketted pinnacles. On E end 3 windows, all with Late Geometrical tracery.
Very fine interior laid out on collegiate plan and contemporary. W gallery
on Roman Doric columns. 3-decker pulpit at E end-of nave with gates either
side to chancel. These and communion rail in Gothick style. Carved wooden
reredos. Gothick font. Box pews. Royal Arms on canvas. Clock and chiming
machine dated 1765 and inscribed to Joseph Eayre of St. Neots who cast most
of the bells. On N side projecting from wall a finely carved stone monument
and protecting wrought iron railing. Over pedestal with inscription panel
to John Smalley, died 1763, and wife, a coat of arms with broken pediment
over and urn with flame finial to either side. 'Of the churches of the Early
Gothic Revival this is one of the most remarkable in England ... The whole
and especially the tower show a seriousness of purpose not surpassed before
1800.... The interior is wonderfully complete and unchanged' Pevsner. King's
Norton Parish Church guide, Leicester, 1976.

Listing NGR: SK6890500494

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