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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: 1189902



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

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Biddulph

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 13-Apr-1951

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 275227

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BIDDULPH C.P. CONGLETON ROAD (east side) SJ 85 NE SJ 890 590 7/22 Church of St Lawrence - and coffin lids and 13.4.51 benches on south side


Parish church. C15 core; substantially rebuilt in 1833 by T.Trubshaw, with additions and Heath Chapel by Ernest Bates done in 1873; slightly altered in 1894 by Lynham. Red sandstone coursed and dressed; blue machine tile roof to nave, lead to aisles, (invisible behind parapets). Virtually rec- tangular plan of projecting south porch, aisles, nave, and chancel, flanked by chapels ; north-west tower tucked between north aisle and nave, all of a local Perpendicular, the restoration work of Trubshaw is the typical Perpendicular of the period. Tower: C15 of 4 stages; thin diagonal buttresses all turned into diagonal pilaster strips to upper stages run through to crenellated parapet ; cavetto strings define bell chamber with gargoyles to centre of upper strings on outer sides; 3-light, 4-centred-arch, panel tracery openings to bell chamber; round- arch window to first stage on north side. Shallow-gabled Porch of 1833, with blind parvis window over 4-centre-pointed arch entry contemporary with Aisles of 4 bays divided by pilaster buttresses of 2 stages; roll plinth string and further string below parapet, labelled 3-light Perpend- icular window to each bay; Chapel bays of 1873 built on to east end of each aisle flanking chancel and gabled to east; taller than aisles; to south, unfenestrated with upper string stepped over blind opening, similar to aisles on north with stepped label over high level 3-light east window. Nave and Chancel: in one range with continuous crenellated parapet and clerestory of 4 bays of Perpendicular 3-light windows to nave. East window of 3 tiers of panel tracery; west window also of panel tracery, with enlarged centre-light, and over 4 centred-arch west door. Seven coffin lids, mostly inscribed with crosses laid at plinth height, set as benches between bays of south aisle. Interior: Nave: of 4 bays of octagonal columns and moulded capitals supporting clerestory and cambered, coffered, roll-moulded-beamed ceiling with gilded pendant bosses; pent aisle ceilings similar but simpler; pointed chancel arch with inscription round extrados. Chancel: 5-sided apse, with 3-tiered, blind, trefoil-headed panel tracery of 3 bays to all sides (the east window of 3 lights forms part of the device); segmental ribs run to centre boss of flat ceiling; organ and vestry bay to north and Heath Chapel to south: pointed arch off aisle, to invisibly top-lit bay; intensely patterned encaustic tile and marble floor with Heath coat-of-arms to centre, decorative wrought iron railed enclosure to the Church's major Monument: William and Mary Heath of 1872, by Matthew Noble, in marble; the former life-sized set under the figure of Christ, all against a pointed arch-headed ground; 11 plaques to Heath family on Chapel sides; further plaque of 1872 to William Heath on south wall of aisle; marble, twin-columned gabled pilasters to crocketted centre gable over inscription. Bowyer Memorial: a chest tomb of 1649 in marble, partly vaulted under tower; slab top with inscribed edge and painted carved coats-of-arms to longer sides, 18 to north and 3 to south; further Bowyer wall memorial of 1749 to north aisle; segmental pediment over coat-of-arms, supported by Ionic pilasters on gadrooned rims to corbels. Font: of drum shape; round-arched blind arcaded sides; octagonal oak Pulpit on stem, stone Altar with blind tracery similar to chancel sides. Fragments of medieval glass retained in east window, including coat-of-arms of Biddulph family. Painted hatchment to south wall of nave.

Listing NGR: SJ8899659015

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National Grid Reference: SJ 88996 59015


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