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Stratford-on-Avon (District Authority)
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SP 18351 47029



SP1847 LOWER QUINTON 1912-1/14/155 Church of St Swithin 05/04/67


Church. C12 arcades; C13 chancel; early C14 chancel arch and tower with C15 top stage and spire, C15 nave clerestory; C19 north porch. MATERIALS: coursed limestone rubble and ashlar; tile chancel roof and lead aisle roofs. Coped stone gables. PLAN: 2-bay chancel, nave with lean-to aisles, west tower, and gabled south porch. EXTERIOR: chancel has plain plinth and coursed rubble walls with ashlar quoins and tile roof; 5-light C19 east window with Decorated tracery; north side has 2-light C15 straight-headed traceried window with labelmould with head stops and 2 splayed lancets; south side has C15 window as above to left of blocked single-chamfered pointed priest's doorway, and window of 2 single-chamfered pointed lights and a further reticulated window to right. Nave east end has gable cross and 2 small lights over chancel; much-restored ashlar clerestory has cornice and coped parapet, four 2-light straight-headed windows to south and 5 to north. North aisle has offset diagonal buttresses, cornice and coped parapet; porch with entrance of 2 orders and lateral buttresses, side lights and tile roof; 3 windows of 2 lights with Decorated tracery and hoods; 3-light windows with reticulated tracery to west and east, the latter with blind central panel. South aisle similar but with no cornice or parapet; blocked entrance with continuous moulding and buttress to left; 2 traceried lights to east. 3-stage west tower has moulded plinth, diagonal buttresses and 2 string courses; top cornice and crenellated parapet with continuous roll moulding and pinnacles; tall 2-light bell openings with Y-tracery and stone louvres; to north a small window to 2nd stage with inserted clock face, small window to south; spire has 4 pinnacles to base and ribs, relief band over 2-light lucarnes and weathercock. INTERIOR: chancel has C19 collar and scissor-braced roof; wide splays to lancets and cusped rere-arch to south window; piscina with simple head; moulded chancel arch dies into walls. Nave has 2-bay Norman south arcade with stepped arches on round pier with round base and responds, hoods with heads over arches; later elliptical arch to west; 4-bay late C12 north arcade has stepped arches on round piers with square bases, responds with attached shafts and scalloped capitals; roof has arch braces on corbels and double-chamfered principals; tower arch has rich continuous mouldings, 2 former roof lines above. North aisle has roof with cambered tie beams and richly moulded purlin; piscina with trefoil head and scalloped bowl. South aisle has cusped ogee-arched sedilia and 2-light traceried double piscina. FITTINGS: nave has painted Royal arms, 1804-37; 1925 pulpit with moulded bands and pierced motifs. North aisle has round font with scalloped moulding; some pews to west have moulded muntins and top rails, used as model for C19 or C20 pews in rest of church; C20 parclose screens forming chapel at east end, altar rail incorporating C15 panel with blind tracery; painted Lord's Prayer and Ten Commandment boards, 1826. South aisle has organ to west end and painted 1860s charity boards. MONUMENTS: Sir William Clopton, d.early C15, plain chest tomb in south arcade has top slab with moulded edge and effigy of knight; Joan Clopton, d.1430, chest tomb in south aisle has panelled sides and marble top with inset brass figure, canopy, inscription and shields; Thomas and Ann Lingen, d.1735 and 1737, tablet with armorial bearing and flanking Ionic pilasters, apron, and crest with urn and cherubs; C18 and C19 wall and floor slabs to chancel. Wall painting: chancel arch has arms of Elizabeth I over partly visible Doom; south aisle has worn text in cartouche. STAINED GLASS: 2 windows to north aisle have C14 fragments; 1870 glass to east window; several windows with armorial bearings, 1922-1930, by Webb, to aisles; north aisle east window incorporating C15 figure. A well preserved church containing many features, monuments and fittings of interest. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Warwickshire: Harmondsworth: 1966-: 378).

Listing NGR: SP1835047029


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, (1968), 378


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 Jul 2004
Reference: IOE01/12949/07
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