CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1360627

Date first listed: 29-Dec-1966

Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

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

County: Leicestershire

District: Harborough (District Authority)

Parish: King's Norton

National Grid Reference: SK 68905 00494

Details

KING'S NORTON

SK 60 SE

5/63 Church of St. John the Baptist

29.12.66

GV I

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

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 190725

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

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

End of official listing