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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: 1360627



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

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: King's Norton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 29-Dec-1966

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 190725

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SK 60 SE

5/63 Church of St. John the Baptist



Church. 1757-75. By John Wing the Younger, of Leicester, for William Fortrey, the Squire of King's Norton. Ashlar with parapetted roof. W tower with nave and chancel under one roof. In Gothic Revival style with plinth, buttresses and angle buttresses with set-offs, and the windows with ogee hood moulds and label stops. W tower of 4 stages. W doorway and various windows, quatrefoil and cusped diamond openings in lower 3 stages. 3 friezes of quatrefoils, circles with wheels of mouchettes, and cusped triangles, 4 paired 2-light bell openings, machicolated frieze, cornice frieze, openwork parapet of quatrefoils and crocketted pinnacles. A crocketted spire was destroyed by lightning in 1850. The nave has 7 2-light windows either side, with transoms and Reticulated tracery. Above is a cusped triangle frieze, an openwork parapet of quatrefoils, and crocketted pinnacles. On E end 3 windows, all with Late Geometrical tracery. Very fine interior laid out on collegiate plan and contemporary. W gallery on Roman Doric columns. 3-decker pulpit at E end-of nave with gates either side to chancel. These and communion rail in Gothick style. Carved wooden reredos. Gothick font. Box pews. Royal Arms on canvas. Clock and chiming machine dated 1765 and inscribed to Joseph Eayre of St. Neots who cast most of the bells. On N side projecting from wall a finely carved stone monument and protecting wrought iron railing. Over pedestal with inscription panel to John Smalley, died 1763, and wife, a coat of arms with broken pediment over and urn with flame finial to either side. 'Of the churches of the Early Gothic Revival this is one of the most remarkable in England ... The whole and especially the tower show a seriousness of purpose not surpassed before 1800.... The interior is wonderfully complete and unchanged' Pevsner. King's Norton Parish Church guide, Leicester, 1976.

Listing NGR: SK6890500494

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, (1960)

National Grid Reference: SK 68905 00494


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