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Rotherham (Metropolitan Authority)
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SK 51702 88206


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SK 58 NW, 7/109

LAUGHTON-EN-LE-MORTHEN, CHURCH CORNER (north side), Church of All Saints

(Parish formerly listed as: Thurcroft)




Church. Saxon north porticus, C12 chancel, otherwise mostly late C14; mid C19 restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Ashlar limestone partly lined with sandstone; rubblework to earlier parts; lead roofs. West tower with north porticus, 3-bay aisled nave with porch to overlap against south side of tower, 2-bay chancel with north organ chamber in extension of aisle, north vestry. Perpendicular style retaining some Decorated motifs. Tower: tall plinth of chamfered and moulded bands, full-height angle buttresses with shaped offsets. Transomed 3-light west window with cusped and ogee lights beneath a 4-centred arch with hoodmould. Slit windows to the ringing chamber; offset beneath paired 2-light belfry openings with louvres, hoodmoulds and dividing buttresses. Corners of tower cant back to form an octagonal, embattled parapet with angle buttresses rising as crocketed pinnacles and with flying buttresses linking to a crocketed octagonal spire before rising as pinnacles.

Saxon porticus against north side of tower has its north and west walls intact with a C12 segmentally-arched north doorway inserted within a Saxon round arch of two orders, the inner with imposts, the outer with plinth blocks and capital blocks to pilastered jambs and with round-arched hoodmould worked on the voussoirs.

Nave: gabled porch to aisle on left, its inner doorway with shafted jambs to pointed arch with hoodmould rising to a crocketed pinnacle. Moulded plinth, buttresses between bays with square-headed windows of three ogee lights beneath hoodmoulds with head-carved stops; moulded oversailing course beneath parapet with roll-moulded copings and C19 flue on left; nave parapet as aisle. North windows as south with animal and full-figure stops to the hoodmouds. Chancel: C12 rubblework heightened late C15. Narrow C19 priest's door with flat buttress on left and remains of C12 window above; pointed 3-light window to left and 3-light window on right with 4-centred arch. 5-light east window set above a C12 buttress and string course and flanked by buttresses of same date. C17 or C18 north vestry with double-chamfered single-light window; chamfered, round-headed window to chancel wall above.

INTERIOR: double-chamfered arches to north, east and south of tower, the vault with ribs and tiercerons. North arcade: probably re-used cylindrical piers of c1190 with differing capitals and 2-order pointed arches with chamfered and moulded orders, hoodmoulds rise from angel corbels; C14 eastern respond of north arcade has tripled shafts and fillets and knight carved on the hoodstop. South arcade: late C14; octagonal piers with moulded bases and capitals; arches and hoodmoulds as north arcade. No chancel arch. Piscina in south aisle with round-arched head. Triangular-headed piscina in chancel, composed of re-used stones; round-arched sedilia on its right. Dado of Perpendicular ashlar rood screen with castellation; section of matching parclose screen refixed against south side of chancel. Medieval altar slab at east end of south aisle has five incised crosses. C14 font, beneath tower: octagonal with tracery motifs to castellated top. Monuments: 1696 brass over vestry door to Johannes Mirfin; above on right are two affronted kneelers set on corbels flanking a plain slab with shields. At west end of north aisle a cartouche of 1702 with skulls, cherubs, drapes and vase. Various other C17 and C18 wall monuments, also early C17 floor slabs beneath the altar. Late C15 cross slab now near font, others in the floor, detailed elsewhere (Ryder, p81).

Outstanding church of the region, both for its Saxon north door and for the quality of its late C14 rebuilding.

N. Pevsner, B.0.E., 1967 ed, p300-301. P. Ryder, Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, County Archaeology Monograph No 2, 1982 pp71-83 and plate VIII.

Listing NGR: SK5170088206


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Radcliffe, E, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, (1967), 300-301
Ryder, P F, 'South Yorkshire County Archaeological Monograph' in Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, , Vol. 2, (1982), 71-83


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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