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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: 1361297



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

County: Leicestershire

District: Hinckley and Bosworth

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 08-Mar-1963

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 188172

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16/43 Shown on O.S. map as Church Street Church of the Assumption 8.3.63 of St Mary (formerly listed under Barwell)


Parish church. Early C14 with late Cl5-early C16 clerestory; spire rebuilt in 1788 by John Cheshire; the aisles were widened and transepts added in 1875-6 (south) and 1877-8 (north) by William Smith; the chancel was restored in 1863 by William Gillet of Leicester and in 1877-8 by Ewan Christian. Coursed freestone blocks; rock faced ashlar characterises Smith's work; roofs of low pitch. West tower, 5-bay nave, with aisles and transeptal chapels, 2-bay chancel with western chapels. Early C14 West Tower; 2 stages with angle buttresses, belfry offset and crenellated parapet on a hollow-moulded string containing carved fleurons. The corners of the parapet are capped by panelled and crocketed pinnacles. At the south-east corner the tower is thickened to accommodate a staircase lit by ogee-headed loops. 2-centred west doorway and above, a 4-light window, also 2-centred, with cusped intersecting tracery and scroll-moulded head with block-stops. Tall, 2-light transomed belfry openings with cinquefoil-headed lights and a single reticulation beneath the 2-centred arch; concave half round-moulded surround. Octagonal steeple with roll-moulded angles and 3 tiers of lucarnes. Nave and aisles: The aisles have buttresses at the bay divisions, plain parapets with moulded strings and coping and pointed 2-light windows with decorated tracery. Late C15/early C16 clerestory windows, each with 3 cinquefoil-headed lights beneath a four-centred arch; hollow chamfered parapet string and crenellated parapet. Double gabled transepts with a 3-light window beneath each gable and a central buttress. Chancel: Pointed side windows of 3 cinquefoil-headed lights with panel tracery; 5-light sub-arcuated east window with panel tracery and hood mould ending in grotesque heads. The chancel chapel windows are in the same style as those of the aisles and transepts. Interior: C14 five-bay arcades with double chamfered pointed arches, the outer chamfers terminating in carved heads, those on the south side probably C19, those on the north side, medieval; octagonal columns with moulded capitals and bases. High 4-centred tower arch with chamfered surround. High 2-centred chancel arch with double chamfered surround. At the east end of each aisle 2 pointed arches give access to the transeptal chapels and one to the chancel chapel. C15/C16 nave roof with brattished tie beams, each with a carved corbel on the soffit. The tie beams are arch-braced, the braces springing from large wooden corbels carved as angels bearing shields; panel tracery within the narrow space between tie beams and roof; one pair of purlins and a ridge piece, all moulded. The steeply pitched C14 roof line is visible on the west wall. C19 lean-to roofs in a contemporary style to the nave roof. C15/C16 chancel roof, restored, in a similar style to the nave roof except that the brackets spring from wooden shafts which stand on corbels.

Fixtures and fittings: C19 west gallery within the tower; a 4-centred arch with panelled and carved spandrels supports a Gothic-style gallery rail. C19 commandment boards to each side of the tower arch. C19 stone font with clustered column base and cylindrical basin. Parish chest inscribed "HINCKLEY TOWNE CHEST / AND / 1613 / NOVE / 4"; it has curved feet and scrolled brackets. C19 rood loft in a late Gothic style; pendants alternate with traceried arches; open work gallery rail surmounted by a crucifix and the flanking figures of Mary Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. A pointed doorway in the south-east corner of the nave opens to the stair leading up to the loft. Adjacent to this door is a C19 octagonal pulpit with marble corner shafts and traceried sides. Good quality C19 choir stalls, C19 altar rail and C19 reredos in a medieval style; traceried ogee headed niches containing carvings of Christ (centre) and the Apostles. Piscina with 4-centred arch and chamfered surround, and drop sill sedilia beneath the south window with cinquefoil-headed panels on the back wall. Monuments: brass of c.1490 to a civilian and one of his wives. John Oneby, died 1622; within an aedicule with Corinthian columns are the upper halves of a man and woman; their children are depicted beneath. Stained glass: East window of 1863 by Chance to a design by Sebastian Edwards; north-east window of the north transept by Kempe, 1877. B.O.E. pp. 176-7.

Listing NGR: SP4271393823

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Williamson, E, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, (1984), 176-7

National Grid Reference: SP 42713 93823


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