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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1308298



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: St. Albans

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sandridge

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Oct-1953

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 163895

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6/351 Church of St Leonard.



Parish church. Late C11 and late C12 origin. Chancel, late C14. Restored 1886-7, when W tower and W end were rebuilt. Knapped flint; some flint rubble and Roman brick. Stone dressings. Machine tile roof. Nave with aisle; aisless chancel. N and S gabled porches. W tower has a tall lower stage and small belfry stage. Broached spire. W elevation with 2-light traceried window to lower stage of tower and louvred lancet to belfry. Trefoiled lancets to aisles each side. The nave has 3 small round-headed clerestorey windows. S aisle has 2 2-light C15- style windows. The chancel has 2 cinquefoiled windows with chamfered frames and hood moulds. 3-light similar E window. The nave gable-end shows c.1887 Tudor style half timber with narrow trefoiled lancets. Interior 3-bay nave, the lower half original late C12 transitional Norman style. Large octagonal piers on stepped and chamfered bases. Scalloped capitals. Roll-moulded arches. W tower arch has mid C12 colonnettes with stiff-leaf capitals. C19 crown post nave roof. Chancel has original trussed rafter wagon roof. Single tie beam. Heavy wooden corbels. Carved stone corbels. Remarkable feature of interior is the chancel arch. Mostly late C14, it retains the late C11 Roman brick arch. Upper part of opening was originally filled in, but now has a traceried timber screen. Lower part has central pointed-arch door in flat-headed surround. Above is a 2- light traceried window; similar 3-light windows each side of door. On chancel side the openings have hollow-moulded frames ornamented with fleurons, the spandrels leaf-carved. Each side of door are posts with carved reclining figures, probably of donors. Font at W end of nave is late C11 or early C12. Stone drum with shallow carved intersecting arches. Chancel floor retains C14 tiles, some with glazed circular patterns. 2 good early C19 monuments, both to Martin family, comprising simple Greek style chests with obelisks. Hexagonal late C19 carved pulpit. (Pevsner (1977)).

Listing NGR: TL1712410554

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Cherry, B, The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, (1977)

National Grid Reference: TL 17124 10554


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