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Warwick (District Authority)
Royal Leamington Spa
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SP 31681 65696



SP3165NE DORMER PLACE 1208-1/7/146 (North side) 25/03/70 Roman Catholic Church of St Peter


Church. 1862-4 with tower of 1877 and restorations and rebuilding of 1884 following fire, with later additions and alterations including chapel to north transept of 1894, embellishments of 1901 and mid-C20 additions including garage and boiler house to nave. Original architect, Henry Clutton of London; builder, G Gascoyne of Newbold Terrace, Leamington; for Canon Jeffries. Restorations: architect, GH Cox of Birmingham; contractor, GF Smith. Transept chapel: architect, AJ Pilkington; designer, AE Purdie; for CJ Shaw. Craftsmen/manufacturers, Boulton and Company of Cheltenham; Hardman and Company of Birmingham; Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin; Minton; EH Cox and AB Wall of Cheltenham. Pinkish-brown brick in Flemish bond with Bath stone dressings and plain tile roof. STYLE: Gothic Revival, Early English. PLAN: south-west bell tower and tower passage; 5-bay, aisled nave with clerestory; short transepts, transept chapels and EXTERIOR: tower has stepped buttresses to full height clasp angles. Entrance to south side of tower has pointed-arched opening with triple-chamfered head and double-chamfered base. Rounded stair turret to west at lower stage. First stage band. Slit windows to 3 sides. Second stage band. Slit windows to 4 sides. Corbel table. Pair of blind, pointed-arched openings to each side. Corbel table. Pair of pointed-arched bell openings to each side. Corbel table. Single-storey range joins tower to west end. Plinth. Geometric style, quatrefoil window. Eaves band. West end: chamfered plinth. Angle buttresses; stepped buttresses to either side of entrance. Recessed, central double entrance in decorative surround with statues of Blessed Virgin Mary and an angel between doors. Roll-moulded, pointed-arched surround with four 3/4 engaged columns with foliate capitals and hollow-moulded bases to either side. Floral and quatrefoil decoration above. Continuous impost band supports 2 outer lancet windows. Continuous band above. Rose window with fleurons to surround. Roll-moulded band continues around church at eaves level. 2 lancets to gable with continuous impost band. Further band and cross. Copings to gable. Nave and clerestory have lancet windows with chamfered surrounds. Roll-moulded impost and

eaves cornices. Transepts have single-stage buttresses. Band. Cinquefoil rose window. Band. Copings to gable. East chapel of north transept has statue of St. Peter to gable end. Lancet windows to east end of aisles. Apse: first stage band, pairs of lancet windows with geometrical tracey to heads. Continuous impost band and hoodmoulds, further band. Decorative ridge tiles. INTERIOR: from west, organ loft supported on 3 banded columns with foliate capitals. Pointed-arched arcade with roll-moulding and continuous hollow-moulded hood supported by double-shafted columns, divided midway by a moulded amulet with foliate capitals and water-holding bases, on square plinths decorated with foliate and floral motifs. Responds to east end are similar double-shafted half-columns. Aisles: continuous sill band. Corbel table. Continuous moulded cornice acts as sill band to clerestory windows. Windows have chamfered surrounds. Wagon roof. Further arches to transepts and chapels have similar double-shafted columns and responds. North transept chapels have mosaic floors, north-east Chapel of the Sacred Heart has alabaster, Caen stone and marble altar, reredos and super-alter designed by AJ Pilkington and AE Purdie and executed by Boulton. To south-east Chapel of St Joseph and altar by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin brought from former Leamington Mission, George Street (qv). Chancel: altar rails on brass balustrade. Minton tile floor with symbols of the paschal lamb and pelican. Apse: sanctuary has moulded, decorated panels to first stage with images of Popes by Hardman and Company, F Hill, artist, to designs of D Powell, of 1901. 5 pairs of pointed-arched windows with Geometric-type tracery to heads and stained glass by Hardman and Company Alabaster, marble and Bath stone high altar by AB Wall of Cheltenham. Font by Hardman, Powell and Company. HISTORICAL NOTE: A fire of 1884 caused damage to the roof and structure of the church. It was restored and rebuilt largely to the original designs. Dormer Place was laid out c1822 and originally known as The Promenade. (St Peter's Church, Leamington Spa 1830-1901; McCallum L: St Peter's Catholic Church, Leamington Spa Centenary Year 1964: Royal Leamington Spa: 1964-; Leamington Spa Courier: 20 August 1864; 11 November 1884: Royal Leamington Spa; The Victoria History of the Counties of England: A History of Warwick: London: 1965-: 159; Cave LF: Royal Leamington Spa Its History and Development: Chichester: 1988-: 173-5; Willington JR: Catholicism in Leamington Past and Present: Royal Leamington Spa: 1906-; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Wedgwood A: Warwickshire: London: 1966-1990: 334-5).

Listing NGR: SP3168165696


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Books and journals
The Victoria History of the County of Warwick, (1965), 159
St Peter's Church, Leamington Spa, 1830-1901
Cave, L F, Royal Leamington Spa Its History and Development, (1988), 173-175
McCallum, L, St Peter's Catholic Church, Leamington Spa, Centenary Year, 1964, (1964)
Pevsner, N, Wedgwood, A, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, (1966), 334-335
Willington, JR, Catholicism in Leamington, Past and Present, (1906)
'Leamington Spa Courier' in 11 November, (1884)
'Leamington Spa Courier' in 20 August, (1964)


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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