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Church of the Assumption of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Hinckley, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.5406 / 52°32'26"N

Longitude: -1.3716 / 1°22'17"W

OS Eastings: 442713

OS Northings: 293823

OS Grid: SP427938

Mapcode National: GBR 7LZ.N1S

Mapcode Global: VHCSX.5DQQ

Plus Code: 9C4WGJRH+68

Entry Name: Church of the Assumption of St Mary

Listing Date: 8 March 1963

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1361297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 188172

ID on this website: 101361297

Location: Parish Church of St Mary, Hinckley, Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicestershire, LE10

County: Leicestershire

District: Hinckley and Bosworth

Town: Hinckley and Bosworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Hinckley Castle

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Hinckley

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Hinkley St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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16/43 Shown on O.S. map as
Church Street
Church of the Assumption
8.3.63 of St Mary (formerly listed
under Barwell)


Parish church. Early C14 with late Cl5-early C16 clerestory; spire
rebuilt in 1788 by John Cheshire; the aisles were widened and transepts
added in 1875-6 (south) and 1877-8 (north) by William Smith; the
chancel was restored in 1863 by William Gillet of Leicester and in
1877-8 by Ewan Christian. Coursed freestone blocks; rock faced ashlar
characterises Smith's work; roofs of low pitch. West tower, 5-bay
nave, with aisles and transeptal chapels, 2-bay chancel with western
chapels. Early C14 West Tower; 2 stages with angle buttresses, belfry
offset and crenellated parapet on a hollow-moulded string containing
carved fleurons. The corners of the parapet are capped by panelled and
crocketed pinnacles. At the south-east corner the tower is thickened
to accommodate a staircase lit by ogee-headed loops. 2-centred west
doorway and above, a 4-light window, also 2-centred, with cusped
intersecting tracery and scroll-moulded head with block-stops. Tall,
2-light transomed belfry openings with cinquefoil-headed lights and a
single reticulation beneath the 2-centred arch; concave half
round-moulded surround. Octagonal steeple with roll-moulded angles and
3 tiers of lucarnes. Nave and aisles: The aisles have buttresses at
the bay divisions, plain parapets with moulded strings and coping and
pointed 2-light windows with decorated tracery. Late C15/early C16
clerestory windows, each with 3 cinquefoil-headed lights beneath a
four-centred arch; hollow chamfered parapet string and crenellated
parapet. Double gabled transepts with a 3-light window beneath each
gable and a central buttress. Chancel: Pointed side windows of 3
cinquefoil-headed lights with panel tracery; 5-light sub-arcuated east
window with panel tracery and hood mould ending in grotesque heads. The
chancel chapel windows are in the same style as those of the aisles and
transepts. Interior: C14 five-bay arcades with double chamfered
pointed arches, the outer chamfers terminating in carved heads, those
on the south side probably C19, those on the north side, medieval;
octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases. High 4-centred
tower arch with chamfered surround. High 2-centred chancel arch with
double chamfered surround. At the east end of each aisle 2 pointed
arches give access to the transeptal chapels and one to the chancel
chapel. C15/C16 nave roof with brattished tie beams, each with a
carved corbel on the soffit. The tie beams are arch-braced, the braces
springing from large wooden corbels carved as angels bearing shields;
panel tracery within the narrow space between tie beams and roof; one
pair of purlins and a ridge piece, all moulded. The steeply pitched
C14 roof line is visible on the west wall. C19 lean-to roofs in a
contemporary style to the nave roof. C15/C16 chancel roof, restored,
in a similar style to the nave roof except that the brackets spring
from wooden shafts which stand on corbels.

Fixtures and fittings: C19 west gallery within the tower; a 4-centred
arch with panelled and carved spandrels supports a Gothic-style gallery
rail. C19 commandment boards to each side of the tower arch. C19
stone font with clustered column base and cylindrical basin. Parish
chest inscribed "HINCKLEY TOWNE CHEST / AND / 1613 / NOVE / 4"; it has
curved feet and scrolled brackets. C19 rood loft in a late Gothic
style; pendants alternate with traceried arches; open work gallery rail
surmounted by a crucifix and the flanking figures of Mary Mother of
Jesus and Mary Magdalene. A pointed doorway in the south-east corner
of the nave opens to the stair leading up to the loft. Adjacent to
this door is a C19 octagonal pulpit with marble corner shafts and
traceried sides. Good quality C19 choir stalls, C19 altar rail and C19
reredos in a medieval style; traceried ogee headed niches containing
carvings of Christ (centre) and the Apostles. Piscina with 4-centred
arch and chamfered surround, and drop sill sedilia beneath the south
window with cinquefoil-headed panels on the back wall. Monuments:
brass of c.1490 to a civilian and one of his wives. John Oneby, died
1622; within an aedicule with Corinthian columns are the upper halves
of a man and woman; their children are depicted beneath. Stained
glass: East window of 1863 by Chance to a design by Sebastian Edwards;
north-east window of the north transept by Kempe, 1877. B.O.E. pp.

Listing NGR: SP4271393823

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