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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Market Drayton
National Grid Reference:
SJ 66327 33593


SJ 6633-6733 MARKET DRAYTON C.P. BUNTINGSDALE ROAD, Little Drayton (south east side) 12/24 Christ Church


Parish church. 1846-7, by S. Pountney Smith and J. Smith, at a cost of £2115. Minor late C19 additions. Roughly-tooled red sandstone ashlar with tooled grey sandstone ashlar dressings. Plain tile roofs, separately over nave and aisles. 5-bay nave, 5-bay south aisle with porch, 4-bay north aisle with west tower and one-bay chancel with north and south vestrys. Lancet style. Chamfered plinths, diagonal buttresses with chamfered offsets, chamfered eaves cornices, parapeted gable ends with chamfered copings and shaped kneelers with gablets, and nave with ridge cresting and crosses at apices of gables. Chamfered lancets, which each have hoodmoulds with scrolled stops. South doorway in second bay from left with continuous double-chamfered arch and boarded door with strap hinges.Porch with continuous double-chamfered archway, blind chamfered lancet in gable above and chamfered lancets to sides. West front: 2-light nave window with Geometrical tracery, chamfered reveals and hoodmould with carved heads as stops. Continuously double-chamfered west doorway with boarded door and hoodmould with scrolled stops. South aisle with tall chamfered rectangular window and chamfered lancet in gable above with hoodmould. East end: chamfered trefoil in apex of nave gable. Aisles have 2-light east windows with Geometrical tracery, chamfered reveals and hoodmoulds with carved heads as stops. Short chancel with chamfered lancet to south and stepped triple chamfered lancets to east with continuous hoodmould. Small gabled vestrys to north and south, that to south with paired lancets to south and chamfered- arched doorway to east and that to north with chamfered lancet to north. Tower: 3 stages. Chamfered plinth, chamfered set backs, parapet string and battlemented parapet with chamfered coping. Octagonal stair turret to north west with broaches to square base, chamfered offsets, battlemented, parapet and weathervane. Louvred chamfered lancet belfry openings with returned hoodmoulds. Chamfered square panel in second stage to west with circular wooden clock and tall chamfered rectangular window to first stage. Turret with blind and open tall chamfered rect- angular windows and boarded door at base with continuously-chamfered arch. Interior: 5-bay nave arcades consisting of circular piers with moulded bases and capitals and double-chamfered arches. Continuously double-chamfered tower arches and chancel arch. Chamfered-arched door- way to south vestry. Chamfered rear arches, east windows with chamfered reveals too: 5-bay hammer-beam nave roof with arched-braced collar, king struts and pairs of purlins. 2-bay chancel roof. Fittings: mainly C19. Panelled reredos. Altar rails with twisted wrought-iron supports. C19 octagonal stone pulpit with carved frieze and arcade with marble colcnnettbs, Baptistery beneath tower: square font with chamfered corners and wooden cover. Large organ in north aisle. Gallery at west and of nave with pierced Gothic front and central painted coat of arms dated "VR / 1847". Small table, either C17 or incorporating C17 parts. Creed; Commandment and Lord's Prayer boards. Encaustic tiles throughout. This was the first church designed by the Shrewsbury architect Pountney Smith. D.H.S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, Part 8, p.675; B.o.E., p.195; Drayton Civic Society, Market Drayton. A Town and its People, p.70.

Listing NGR: SJ6632733593


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Books and journals
Market Drayton A Town and Its People70
Cranage, DHS , An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, (1908), 675
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 195


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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