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Church of St Leonard the Less

A Grade I Listed Building in Samlesbury, Lancashire

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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


1/91 Church of St. Leonard-the-Less

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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