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Erewash (District Authority)
Draycott and Church Wilne
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SK 43 SW; 3/14


Church of St Chad



Parish church. Early C13, early and late C14, C15, chapel added c1622 and sympathetically restored 1917-23, after a fire in 1917, by Currey and Thompson. Sandstone ashlar with some rubble sandstone to north elevation, and sandstone dressings. Moulded plinth to south chapel and chancel. Shallow-pitched leaded roofs with embattled parapets with ridgeback copings and a continuous string course at eaves level. Three-stage western tower, clerestoried nave plus south aisle, and chancel with chapel to south, also south porch.

Tower is C13 except top stage which is C15, each stage is slightly smaller than the one below and against the south-west corner is a staircase tower which tapers into the wall at the third stage. First stage has set back buttresses to western corners and each side has a central narrow lancet with similar above near the top of the stage, also similar window to west side of the staircase. Above there are narrow flat-headed windows to all three sides with similar smaller one to south of the staircase and above again there are deeply recessed pointed Y-tracery bell openings to all sides. Projecting embattled parapets with ridgeback copings over. North elevation has a chamfered lancet with hoodmould to west and a low, pointed chamfered doorcase with continuous hoodmould to east. Beyond to east are two 3-light flowing traceried pointed windows with hoodmoulds and carved head label stops. Between each opening and to either end there are buttresses. Above there are four C15 flat headed 2-light windows with cusped mouchettes to top, in deeply recessed cavetto moulded surrounds. Embattled parapets above with mutilated gargoyles. North elevation of chancel has two flat headed 2-light C15 windows, larger but similar to the clerestory windows, with stepped buttress between and also a chamfered segment headed C19 doorcase below western window. East elevation has stepped corner buttresses and a central 3-light window with panel tracery set in deep cambered-headed surround. Attached to south is the chapel of c1622 with central 3-light intersecting tracery pointed east window with hoodmould and embattled parapets above. South elevation of the chapel has two 3-light flat-headed windows with strange panel tracery, ie: ogee headed lights with pierced spandrels in a semicircular top, and between the windows and to east are stepped buttresses with unusual moulded copings. Beyond to west, the south aisle has two C13 3-light Y-tracery windows with hoodmoulds and buttresses between, with a similar C19 window beyond the south porch. South porch is C15 and has a lapped stone roof with double-chamfered pointed doorcase with soffit on moulded corbels and wide buttresses to each side. Inner door is a wide double chamfered arch with hoodmoulds and inside the porch has chamfered ribs on moulded corbels supporting the roof and small 2-light windows similar to clerestory ones, now blocked externally by the buttresses. Above, the clerestory has five flat-headed windows, of which western three look C15. Embattled parapets above have several gargoyles.

INTERIOR: mostly of 1917-23, including four-bay south arcade of double-chamfered arches on octagonal stone columns with moulded capitals and grey stone banding. One pier is inscribed with date 1923. Chancel arch is pointed with soffit moulding on corbels. Adjacent to south is the remains of former staircase up to rood screen and a squint through to chancel. Beyond again to south is the lower double chamfered arch through to south chapel. The tower to west end of nave has a small pointed doorcase from the nave. Chancel has two C15 windows similar to north chancel windows, through to chapel on south side. Also on south side is a trefoil-headed piscina. North wall has inset C13 gravestone and a wall memorial, formerly with brasses of c1513 to Hugh Willoughby and his wife. On the floor is a C14 alabaster tomb slab with incised figures and Latin inscription to edge, to Hugh Willoughby, who died 1491. Altar, altar rails, choir stalls, screens across the chancel arch and south chapel arch, the pulpit and nave pews are all of c1923 by Currey and Thompson in Arts and Crafts style. South aisle has late C19 pierced wooden screen to west end. South chapel built by the Willoughbys in 1622, is lavishly decorated with a Flemish tiled floor, three stained glass windows by Van Linges, also Flemish, and carved coats of arms to centre of the cambered tie beams.

There are also two fine monuments, one to Sir John and Lady Willoughby of Risley who built the chapel, erected 1622 and the other of c1688 to Ann Grey. The earlier monument is of painted alabaster and has a deep base with four kneeling figures on, over this is a large semi-circular headed aedicule with a coffered ceiling, double columns to either side with pulvinated frieze over topped by steeple finials to corners and a large central achievement encased in strapwork. Within the niche are the recumbent figures of Sir John and his wife with a slate inscription, set in a cartouche flanked by putti, behind them. The other wall memorial has a slate plinth with fluted base and a central marble inscription. Above there are weeping putti to either side of a large urn which has the Grey family achievement carved on the base, fluting to the base of the neck, a swagged neck and a gadrooned top with flame finial.

The font is part of a re-used saxon cross. Nave windows are mostly clear glass with margin lights except for a late C19 east window to the south aisle and the west window of the north elevation by H and B Notty of 1938.

Listing NGR: SK4489431847


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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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