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Wakefield (Metropolitan Authority)
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SE 48508 20179


DARRINGTON CHURCH LANE SE42SE (north end 5/14 Church of St. Luke 11.12.1967 and All Saints GV I Parish church. Norman tower, C13 aisles and chancel (altered in C14 and C15), with C14 north chapel (probably a rebuilding at that time); restored in 1880 by A. W. Blomfield. White magnesian limestone (mostly squared, but some rubble); slate roofs. Aisled nave embracing west tower, south porch, chancel with north chapel. The stout, square, 3-stage west tower, embraced by the aisles up to the 2nd stage, has a moulded 4-centred arched west doorway and a Perpendicular 3-light window above; at the 2nd stage, the south side has a clock face and the north side has a small Norman window of 2 round-headed lights (now glazed) with a colonnette; the 3rd stage, which is set back, has Norman belfry windows in the south and east sides, each of 2 round-headed louvred lights with a colonnette, an altered or inserted belfry window of 2 pointed lights in the west side; and an embattled parapet with restored corner pinnacles. The short nave has full-height aisles embracing the tower, the roof on the south side being continuous; early features of the aisles include a small lancet at the west end of both and, in the north aisle, rubble masonry to half-height, with a blocked round-headed north doorway, coupled lancets to the east and a single lancet to the west. The 4-bay south aisle has a gabled porch to the 2nd bay, with a chamfered 2-centred arched outer doorway, a cusped niche in the apex, kneelers carrying tall slender pinnacles, an apex cross, and buttressed side walls with low parapets; a stone roof on 2 transverse arches, and an inner doorway with 3 orders of shafts and deeply moulded arch. The other bays of this aisle have large C14 arched 3-light windows with reticulated tracery. The upper part of the north aisle, of squared masonry, has 2 large square-headed recessed windows of 4 and 3 lights with hollow spandrels, and at the east end (above the coupled lancets) a double-chamfered 2-centred arched window of 2 cusped lights with a trefoil in the head. The buttressed 2-bay chancel has a low decorated frieze in each bay (quatrefoils in the 1st and blind arcading the 2nd), a C14 2-centred arched priest door to the 1st bay, two 2-light arched windows in the 1st bay and one in the 2nd; and a very large 2-centred arched east window with intersecting tracery and Perpendicular secondary tracery. The north chapel has a large 2-centred arched east window with moulded surround and reticulated tracery, a prominent composite buttress to the east corner, a square 2-stage stair turret to the west corner, and between these a recessed Perpendicular window of 3 cusped lights. Interior: round-headed tower arch with substantial demi-shafts carrying scalloped capitals and small round-headed north doorway, double-chamfered 2- centred arch to south aisle; 3-bay arcades with tall circular piers and double-chamfered arches, keeled responds at each end; blocked lancet in north wall of chancel; very small piscina and aumbry in chancel; rood stair-turret with unusual small open-arcaded gallery running towards chancel arch; some traceried Perpendicular bench ends; 4 chancel stalls with misericords; some C15 stained glass in north chapel. Monuments: two C14 effigies (under arch in north wall of chancel and in chapel); monument to William Ferrer (d.1684), now damaged; in north aisle, marble wall tablet in memory of "that Just and Judicious Dealer ... Mr. ALEXANDER BLAIR of Aberdeen in Scotland and Merchant Taylor of London (d.1671). (Reference : Pevsner).

Listing NGR: SE4850320181


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Radcliffe, E, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, (1967)


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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Date: 28 Oct 2002
Reference: IOE01/09122/02
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