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Church of St Leonard the Less

A Grade I Listed Building in Samlesbury, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.7679 / 53°46'4"N

Longitude: -2.6237 / 2°37'25"W

OS Eastings: 358984

OS Northings: 430353

OS Grid: SD589303

Mapcode National: GBR BS3W.R1

Mapcode Global: WH96S.NKT9

Entry Name: Church of St Leonard the Less

Listing Date: 11 November 1966

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1073063

English Heritage Legacy ID: 357996

Location: Samlesbury, South Ribble, Lancashire, PR5

County: Lancashire

District: South Ribble

Civil Parish: Samlesbury

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Samlesbury St Leonard the Less

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text

SD 53SE SAMLESBURY POTTER LANE

1/91 Church of St. Leonard-the-Less
11.11.1966
GV I

Church, substantially 1558, but with masonry of late C12 building visible
in both gables, and tower and porches of 1899. Nave and chancel in one,
with aisles, tower attached at north-west corner. Two gabled and timber-
framed porches on south side. Aisle and clerestory windows are all of 3
arched lights with stone mullions, deeply splayed reveals and hoodmoulds.
Arched 3-light west window with intersecting tracery; east wall contains
arched 3-light window with perpendicular tracery, a dripmould over it
with figured stops. Battlemented tower of ashlar with diagonal buttresses,
west door, 1st floor window, belfry louvres on all sides and stair turret.
Interior: nave arcades of 4 bays following line of original outer walls
(the west ends of which remain), composed of 3 short octagonal columns
with moulded capitals and matching responds at each end, and double-
chamfered 2-centred arches. Interior walls of coursed irregular masonry
now with ribbon pointing (plastered until 1884). Wooden ceiling on
slightly-cambered bridging beams and secondary beams, all chamfered
(concealed by reed and plaster ceiling until 1884); sloping aisle roofs.
Exceptionally complete set of individually constructed and decorated box
pews, most with dates and plates ranging from 1678 to 1756. Other notable
furnishings and fittings include: 2 levels of C18 3-decker pulpit; C17
Communion rail with turned balusters; funerary armour (sword, helm and
blazoned shield) believed to be that of Thomas Southworth of Samlesbury
Hall (q.v.) d. 1546; Royal Arms, Commandment, Creed and Lord's Prayer
Tables all painted on canvas; alabaster slab, incised, to Sir William
Atherton and his wife (d.1440 and 1480); memorial tablets of Geoffrey
Hornby (d.1801) and Mrs. Fielden (d.1859); a tub font, possibly Norman;
and C14 Sanctus Bell over east door. Numerous masons' marks on south
arade, exterior north wall, and jambs of east window. (VCH Lancs; Pevsner;
R. Eaton History of Samlesbury 1936; G. Clayton St Leonard the Less
Samlesbury n.d.


Listing NGR: SD5898630362

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