Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1157784

Date first listed: 30-Jul-1959



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County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon (District Authority)

Parish: Bretforton

National Grid Reference: SP 09301 43814


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BRETFORTON CP MAIN STREET (south side) SP 0843 - SP 0943

15/56 Church of St Leonard



Parish church. Late C12, partly rebuilt late C13 (consecrated 1295), extended mid-C14 and C15, restored mid-C19. Coursed lias rubble with ashlar dressing and Cotswold stone roof. West tower, nave with north and south aisles and porches, transepts and chancel. West tower: C15. Three stages with diagonal step buttresses and crenellated parapet with crocketted corner pinnacles. Belfry stage has windows of two ogee trefoiled lights under a 2-centred head, the first stage has a small square-headed window, and the ground stage has an ogee trefoiled window with square head over a door with a C19 Tudor arch. Aisles: C12 with later details. South aisle: three bays, that to right occupied by gabled C14 transept which has diagonal buttresses and a C14 window of two cinquefoiled lights under a 2-centred head. Aisle to left has a C19 stone porch with a C15 door to the outer arch, to the right a window of three cinquefoiled lights under a triangular head. North aisle and transept similarly arranged, save that the transept has a window of two ogee trefoil lights under a 2-centred head. Chancel: late C13 of three bays with two trefoiled lancets to west and a window of two cinque- foiled lights to east. East window C18 of three pointed lights under a 2-centred head. Interior: nave: late C12 arcades, that to south of 2½ bays with 2-centred arches of two square orders. The pillars and responds are round with scalloped capitals. The north arcade probably slightly later in date is of three bays. The arches are 2-centred and the pillars round. The capital of the first pillar from the east has a carving of the legend of St Margaret on the nave (south) side. A blocked C15 doorway to tower has a hollow chamfer to arch and jambs. South aisle has a C14 trefoiled piscina with shaft in the south wall. Part of the rood loft staircase survives at the north-east corner. Chancel: the windows are widely splayed with chamfered rere arches. Roofs: nave and chancel roofed continuously without chancel arch, nave of three bays, chancel of two, with heavily moulded tie-beams and wall-plates. The tie-beam at the junction has arch braces, rising from C15 stone corbels. Aisle roofs are lean-to. Fittings: re-set panelling in south transept includes a piece dated 1615. The font is round with a tapering bowl and may be C12. (VCH, 2, pp 364-366; BoE, pp 99-100).

Listing NGR: SP0929843815


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Legacy System number: 148659

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Doubleday, AH, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Worcester, (1906), 364-366
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, (1968), 99-100

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