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Church of St Leonard

A Grade I Listed Building in Beoley, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.3249 / 52°19'29"N

Longitude: -1.9058 / 1°54'20"W

OS Eastings: 406520

OS Northings: 269649

OS Grid: SP065696

Mapcode National: GBR 3HN.BYR

Mapcode Global: VH9ZN.XTCL

Plus Code: 9C4W83FV+XM

Entry Name: Church of St Leonard

Listing Date: 16 November 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1167467

English Heritage Legacy ID: 156110

Location: Beoley, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B98

County: Worcestershire

Civil Parish: Beoley

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Redditch Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Listing Text


11/59 Church of St Leonard



Parish church. Early C12, extended early C13, early C14, early C15 and
c1580; restored 1885 and 1891. Sandstone ashlar with tiled roof. West
tower, nave, north and south aisles, chancel with Sheldon Chapel to north.
West tower: c1400, four stages, diagonal stepped buttresses, crenellated
parapet with plain pinnacles, each stage defined by string courses; west
side: belfry has window of two cinquefoiled lights under 2-centred head
with label; second stage: square-headed window with crocketed label; first
stage: large window of four cinquefoiled lights under a 2-centred head
with crocketed label; ground stage: door has a 4-centred arch of two
continuously moulded orders with label. Aisles (there is no nave clerestorey):
south: early C13, largely rebuilt early C15, four bays, second bay from west
has entrance with C19 gabled timber-framed porch, the entrance has a 4-centred
arch and is moulded; windows: all have cinquefoiled lights and square heads,
that to the east of three lights, the others of two, above the 3-light window
is a restored C17 gabled dormer window, west window is C19; north: early C14,
three bays: central entrance with 4-centred head, west window of three cinque-
foiled lights under a 4-centred head, east window: three cinquefoiled lights
under square head; a late C20 parish hall has been added to the north linked
by a glazed corridor to the entrance from the north side. Chancel: early C12,
extended early C13, two bays with C19 diagonal buttresses, windows have trefoiled
lights under square heads, two lights to west, three lights to east; east window:
C19 of three septfoil lights under 4-centred head. Sheldon Chapel: late C16,
two bays: two 3-light square-headed windows; east window: five square-headed
lights under a 4-centred head. Interior: nave: arcades of three bays, south
arcade early C13 has 2-centred arches of two chamfered orders with label on
a circular and an octagonal pier; north arcade: early C14 has 2-centred arches
of two orders; tower arch: tall with two continuously moulded orders; chancel
arch: C12, a plain semi-circular arch with impost blocks, above which is a C19
Romanesque window of two semi-circular headed lights; chancel: arcade to Sheldon
Chapel through two memorials. Roofs: north aisle has match boarding to a five-
bay medieval roof, south aisle C19 lean-to roof; nave: C19 scissor-braced common
rafter roof; chancel: C19 four-bay roof with arch-braced collars supportinmg
king-posts; Sheldon Chapel: C19 scissor-braced common rafter roof with collar
purlin. Fittings: south aisle, set in wall a C12 relief of a saint; north
aisle: font of C13 has four female heads on bowl; Sheldon Chapel: an important
collection of Italianate monuments, two penetrate wall to chancel, that to east
to William Sheldon (died 1570) and his wife Mary, has two recumbent stone
effigies on a sarcophagus bearing a number of coats of arms, all under a 4-
centred arch with panelled soffit, framed by detached Corinthian columns support-
ing a full entablature surmounted by an armorial achievement flanked by obelisks;
that to west to Ralph Sheldon (died 1613) and his wife Anne; similar in design
to the west; in the north wall two semi-circular tomb recesses, to the east
William Sheldon (died 1517) a table tomb with three panelled front divided by
Doric pilasters; to the west Ralph Sheldon (died 1546), similar design but
Ionic pilasters; west wall of chapel a collection of wall memorials to the
Sheldon family, dated from 1613 to 1766; altar in chapel is of two stages,
both supported on three columns, the upper slab of black marble; on the sloping
sill of the west window is a C13 stone coffin lid with a foliated cross.
(VCH 4, pp 16 -18; BoE, pp 80-81).

Listing NGR: SP0651869649

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