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Church of St Michael

A Grade I Listed Building in Breaston, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 52.897 / 52°53'49"N

Longitude: -1.3175 / 1°19'3"W

OS Eastings: 446007

OS Northings: 333506

OS Grid: SK460335

Mapcode National: GBR 7GS.9QX

Mapcode Global: WHDH2.QFSX

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 10 November 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1087960

English Heritage Legacy ID: 82188

Location: Breaston, Erewash, Derbyshire, DE72

County: Derbyshire

District: Erewash

Civil Parish: Breaston

Built-Up Area: Breaston

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Breaston St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

SK 43 SE
4/2 (South Side)
10.11.67 Church of St Michael

Parish church. Cll, C13, C14 with C15 clerestory, restored and
vestry added 1895 by Evans and Jolly. Rubble with quoins to
tower, coursed squared stone and ashlar elsewhere with stone
dressings and plinth to south aisle. Shallow pitched leaded
roofs hidden by plain low parapets with ridgeback copings, plus
coved eaves stringcourse. West tower, nave with northern
clerestory and south aisle, lower chancel plus south vestry.
Two stage west tower has tall first stage with shallow, narrower
bell stage and broached stone spire above. West elevation has
an early C18 blocked, semi-circular headed doorcase with raised
imposts and keystone, and immediately over is a C13 lancet.
Similar lancet to north side and C20 lean-to against south side.
The top of the stage has clockfaces to all except south side.
Above double lancet louvred bell opening to all sides. Spire
has small ogee headed lucarnes to four sides. North nave
elevation has huge stepped buttress to west corner with two
carved stones to top, one has two coats of arms and the name
Grey inscribed on it, the other has initials and the date 1680
carved on it. To east is a 2-light window with quatrefoil over
cusped pointed lights and carved head labelstops to hoodmould.
Early C20 stone porch beyond to east has stone slab roof, plain
pointed doorcase to front and 2-light mullion windows to either
side. Beyond again to east is a C19 3-light pointed window with
cusped intersecting tracery and a 3-light C13 pointed window
with cusped stepped lancets and hoodmould. Between these two
windows and to east end of nave are stepped buttresses. Above
there are two C15 flat headed 2-light clerestory windows with
cusped semi-circular headed lights and incised spandrels. There
are also three well preserved gargoyles at eaves level. Chancel
has a 2-light flat headed cavetto moulded mullion window,
similar to clerestory ones, to west with a blocked pointed
window to east and 2 stepped buttresses beyond. East window is
3-light with flowing tracery and hoodmould. South chancel
elevation has a stepped buttress to east, with 3-light C13
pointed window with cusped stepped lancets and carved head
labelstops to hoodmould, to west. Beyond to west is the 1898
vestry which has a copy of the south chancel window to east and
similar window to south side. Pointed chamfered doorcase with
hoodmould and stepped corner buttress to east of southern
window. Nave to west has two C13 pointed 3-light windows both
with hoodmoulds, one with similar lights to chancel south window
and one with additional cusped ogee heads within the lancets.
Each has a stepped buttress to both sides and beyond to west is
a C13 blocked doorcase with nailhead decoration to inner edge
and signs of the zodiac incised on the voussoirs. To west again
is a 2-light window similar to that in same position on north
elevation flanked by stepped buttresses. Interior has three bay
arcade with double chamfered pointed arches on octagonal piers
with moulded capitals and bases. Each end of the arcade is
supported on corbels, that to east with carving of a girls head
on it. Narrow chancel arch, the jambs and impost band of which
look C11, with double chamfered arch above. Wide double
chamfered tower arch. Chancel has two bay 1895 south arcade
with double chamfered arches on octagonal piers with moulded
capitals . East end of south aisle has the original 2-light C13
window still in situ, now looking into the south vestry. Roofs
are all shallow pitched C19 roofs. South aisle has a pointed
piscina to east end and north wall of nave has an alms cupboard.
Choir stalls, altar rails and pulpit are all of similar design
in oak with pierced carving, all c1935. Nave pews are late C19,
as is the carved reredos. Fine marble font with moulded
circular plinth, gadrooned base, fluted tapering stem and
gadrooned bowl, which is dated on the base 1720 and signed 'JW'.
Carved weighted oak cover is C20. Tower arch has an early C20
carved screen across it and the south chancel arcade has a
timber screen of c1895. The sides of the nave have re-used. C17
and C18 panelling to dado height, behind the pews. The church
has very few memorials, there are two brass plaques either side
of the chancel arch, one commemorating the church restoration in
1895, the other the gift of three bells in 1924. The nave has a
slate marble wall memorial to John Stevens who died 1884, which
is signed Jackson, Nottingham and there is a similar memorial of
c1882 to John Langford, also there are two modest early C20
brass plaques. There is also little stained glass, only the
central light of the east window has late C19 stained glass and
there is a coloured glass window to the south aisle.

Listing NGR: SK4600733506

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