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Church of St Lawrence

A Grade I Listed Building in Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.5382 / 52°32'17"N

Longitude: -2.8088 / 2°48'31"W

OS Eastings: 345239

OS Northings: 293676

OS Grid: SO452936

Mapcode National: GBR BG.F16K

Mapcode Global: VH75V.8GGL

Entry Name: Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 4 July 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383267

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483685

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Church Stretton

Built-Up Area: Church Stretton

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Church Stretton

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text

SO 4593; 1312-1/13/43


Church of St Lawrence




Church. C12 nave with C13 transepts, crossing and chancel,
tower upper stage C15, vestry added 1831, transept aisles
added 1868 in restoration by S. Pountney Smith, restored 1882
and 1932.
MATERIALS: generally rubble stone with ashlar dressings,
partly coursed rubble and ashlar to the transepts, ashlar
upper stage of tower. Plain-tile roofs with partly ornamental
ridges and with ashlar coped gables, plain-tiled pyramid tower
PLAN: cruciform plan consisting of nave and chancel, transepts
with aisles and central tower.

EXTERIOR: chancel with pointed arched east window with
Perpendicular-style tracery of c1639 with hoodmould with
restored label stops. On north side to left is probable early
C17 pointed window with twin lancet tracery and hoodmould with
partly restored label stops; to centre is projecting late C19
gabled organ chamber with imitation Norman-style interlaced
arcade decoration; to right is pointed arched doorway with
hoodmould and label stop and with oak studded door. South side
with window to right mirroring window on the north side; to
centre left is pointed arched priest's doorway with roll
moulding and hoodmould with chamfer stops; to left is pointed
window and C16 flat-headed window above, both with chamfered
North Transept: C14 pointed arched window with Decorated-style
tracery of 3 cusped lancets and quatrefoils. C13 lancet to
left return side. Right return side covered by late C19
transept aisle with pointed window to north and 2 lancets to
South Transept: restored pointed arched 3-light window with
reticulated tracery and hoodmould. Right return wall with C13
lancet. To left of transept is C19 transept aisle extension
with advanced gable with diagonal buttresses and traceried
pointed window. To far left is projecting vestry gable with
roughcast rendered walls, pointed window with Flamboyant
tracery, and dated 1831.
Nave: north side with wide flat buttress in centre containing
C12 doorway with double roll-moulded semicircular arch and
hoodmould, internally blocked door. Sheila-na-gig set in wall
over. South side with C13 pointed window with twin lancet
tracery. West end has corners with broad flat clasping
buttresses, early C17 tall pointed window with Decorated-style
tracery, datestone over dated both 1619 and 1978. Slightly
advanced early C19 moulded door surround with pointed arched
Tower: 3 stages with 2 stages above nave roof with diagonal
stepped buttresses, dripmould string courses featuring corner
and central gargoyles and carved bosses. Chamfered lancets to
east and south faces of the lower stage and each face of mid
stage, the east side now with a clockface. Flat-headed louvred
bell-chamber openings to each face of the upper stage with
pointed arched tracery of 2 cusped lancets and quatrefoil.
Battlemented parapet with ornate corner finials.

INTERIOR: unplastered interior walls. Trussed rafter roofs in
chancel and north transept. South transept has arched brace
collar-truss roof with central tier of opposing carved
windbraces. C13 trussed rafter roof in nave. Transitional
pointed arches under the tower crossing, with restored
capitals of square moulded abaci and capitals with volutes,
stiff-leaf carving and heads. Norman south door with one order
of shafts and one capital with volutes now forms the entrance
to the vestry. Transitional C12 doors in the north transept
aisle arcade. Piscina in south chancel flat-headed window.
Carved reredos dated 1647; panelling near the font is made of
the old pulpit. Perpendicular-style font of carved octagonal
bowl set on pedestal. 8 bells including 6 cast by Abraham
Rudhall of Gloucester in 1711. Stained glass by Betton and
Evans of Shrewsbury.

Listing NGR: SO4523893677

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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