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Church of St Peter

A Grade II* Listed Building in Warmfield cum Heath, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.684 / 53°41'2"N

Longitude: -1.4543 / 1°27'15"W

OS Eastings: 436137

OS Northings: 420975

OS Grid: SE361209

Mapcode National: GBR LT8V.Y4

Mapcode Global: WHDC4.MNPN

Plus Code: 9C5WMGMW+H7

Entry Name: Church of St Peter

Listing Date: 22 November 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313216

English Heritage Legacy ID: 342403

ID on this website: 101313216

Location: Kirkthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1

County: Wakefield

Civil Parish: Warmfield cum Heath

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Warmfield St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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(west side),

1/98 Church of St. Peter


Church. C14 tower, body of church rebuilt c1875, tower parapet renewed c1904.
Perpendicular style. Large dressed stone to tower, smaller hammer-dressed stone
to body of church, stone slate roof. West tower, nave, north aisle, south porch,
chancel with north chapel. 2-span roof. 2-stage tower has diagonal buttresses,
with offsets to west angles only, rising to just below 2nd-stage band. C19 west
window of 3 cusped lights with panel tracery. North-east stair-turret has lean-to
roof and arrowslits. South face has inserted C19 window. 2-light belfry window
to each face has Y-tracery and cusped lights. Set just below is small chamfered
light. Corner gargoyles. Ashlar embattled parapet with corner crocketed pinnacles.
Nave: 4 bays. Porch, set in 1st bay, has 2-centred-arched doorway with stop-chamfered
surround, diagonal buttresses, coped gable and inner C19 arched doorway. Bays to
right hand: plinth, 3-light windows with cusped lights set in a square-headed
double-chamfered surrounds, and offset buttresses dividing bays. Larger buttress
at division between nave and chancel. Coped gable. North aisle has one original
buttress with carved figure on offset. Chancel: lower. 3 bays articulated by
buttresses. 2-light window with hoodmould, 2 blind bays. Two 3-light east windows
with vesica above chancel window. Grotesque gargoyle reused as kneeler to right.

Interior: open aisle arcade has columns of clustered colonnettes, quatrefoil in
section, with moulded capitals decorated with fleurons. C19 hammer-beam roof,
arched-brace roof to chancel. Choir stalls with carved poppy heads by John
Wolstenholme (York). Stained glass windows by Wailes (Newcastle), some fragments
of medieval glass remain in nave and aisle windows. Octagonal cup-shaped font
dated 1718. The chief merit of the church is a fine collection of C18 wall monuments.
The most important of these is the Stringer Monument by Guelfi: 2 detached busts
on a sarcophagus with straight tapering sides; background by Kent with inscription,
a frame starting from 2 big volutes and crowned by an open-segmental pediment carved
coat-or-arms with putti. The Smyth chapel has numerous monuments dating from 1731;
including that to John Smyth of 2 putti uncovering his portrait on an oval medallion,
that to Lady Georgina Smyth and others signed by Flaxman; 1799.

N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding, (1974) p294.

Listing NGR: SE3613720975

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