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Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
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SJ 73057 42380


SJ 74 SW WOORE C.P. NANTWICH ROAD (north- east side)

3/147 Church of Saint Leonard GV II

Parish church. 1830-1, by George Ernest Hamilton of Stone. Internally restored and chancel added or rebuilt in 1887. Tower added in 1910, by Chapman and Snape of Newcastle. Rendered brick with slate roof. 5-bay nave with small one-bay chancel and west tower. Nave: plinth, cill band, impost band, panelled pilaster strips with bases and moulded capitals and continuous frieze and moulded eaves cornice. Triangular- pedimented gable and with deep eaves, and cross at apex to east. Integral brick stack in south-west corner. Round-arched small-paned windows. Chancel: plinth, cill string, panelled pilasters, frieze and moulded eaves cornice, and triangular-pedimented gable end with circular grille in tympanum and cross at apex. Tripartite east window with continuous cill and round-arched centre light. C20 flat-roofed vestry to north. Tower: 3 stages. First stage to west of 3 bays with plinth, cill string and panelled pilasters supporting frieze and cornice. Outer bays topped by attics, each with small-paned lights set in round-arched panels, cornice and coped parapet, and balustraded recess between. Set-back to second stage of tower and moulded cornice to belfry with moulded eaves cornice and pyramidal slate cap with cross at apex. Louvred round- arched belfry openings with moulded architraves and keystones, and each set in recessed panel. Round clock with moulded architrave on second stage to west and circular windows on other 3 faces with 4 panes and moulded architraves. Central pair of 3 panelled west doors with panelled reveals, moulded architrave and moulded cornice to triangular pediment. 3 steps up to door with flanking bootscrapers. One-bay returns to front stage with round-arched small-paned windows and small-paned attic lights. Interior: dog-leg stairs to tower and gallery at each side of entrance lobby; closed string with stick balusters and square newel posts. Moulded cornice to nave and chancel. Small boarded bracketed west gallery. Moulded elliptical chancel arch with panelled soffit, moulded capitals, and inscription: "HOLY. HOLY. HOLY. LORD. GOD. ALMIGHTY". Centre east window with moulded architrave and flanking windows with beaded corners. Fittings: chancel panelling with moulded cornice, probably of 1929. Communion rails to left and right with wrought-iron supports. Plain C19 choir stalls. Organ to right of chancel arch. Octagonal oak pulpit of 1929 with stem, paired panels, Corinthian colonnettes at corners and frieze and moulded cornice. Brass lectern. Oak chancel screen of 1917; 7 alternating wide and narrow bays with Corinthian columns on pedestals, frieze, cornice and central triangular pediment. In memory of Second Lieutenant Percy Mellor "who fell in action in France in the attack on the Hohenzollern redoubt". Plain pine pews. Octagonal stone font dated 1848 with step, stem with trefoil-headed panels, bowl with quatrefoil panels, and wooden cover with crockets and finial. Stained glass in north window of c.1905 by Kempe and Tower. The present building stands near the site of an earlier chapel-of-ease, first recorded in 1552. Hamilton published a book of "Designs for Rural Churches"in 1836. The builders employed for the erection of the tower in 1910 were Wilton and Son of Newcastle. B.o.E., p. 323; D.H.S. Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, Part 8, p. 741; Colvin, p.383; Vivienne Painting, The History of St. Leonard's Church Woore Shropshire.

Listing NGR: SJ7305742380


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Books and journals
Colvin, H M, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1978), 383
Cranage, DHS , An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, (1908), 741
Painting, V, The History of St Leonards Church Woore Shropshire
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 323


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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