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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: 1298398



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

County: Staffordshire

District: Lichfield

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Lichfield

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 05-Feb-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Jun-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 382708

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SK11SW ST CHAD'S ROAD, Stowe 1094-1/1/250 (North side) 05/02/52 Church of St Chad (Formerly Listed as: STOWE HILL Church of St Chad)


Church. C12, C13 arcades and alterations to gabled south aisle, late C13 tower and east window, 1660s clerestory, 1840 lean-to north aisle, and 1862 porch, chancel roof and vestry. Ashlar with brick clerestory; tile roofs, slate aisle roofs. Plain plinth and coped gables. PLAN: 3-bay chancel and 5-bay nave with aisles; west tower. EXTERIOR: chancel has offset angle buttresses, gable cross; 5-light east window has intersecting tracery; south side has C19 ball flower cornice and 2 offset buttresses between 3-light window with Perpendicular tracery, single-chamfered lancet with hood and 2-light window with Decorated tracery; north side similar, gabled vestry with fishscale tiles, quatrefoil above 2-light east window and gable cross, diagonal buttress and plain north door. Clerestory, originally continued over chancel, has ashlar cornice and coping to parapet; 2-light Y-tracery windows. North aisle has offset and diagonal buttresses, cornice with heads; 2-light windows with Decorated tracery and 3-light west window over basement entrance; north door with continuous moulding. South aisle has offset buttress and angle buttresses, cornice and embattled parapet; 2-light windows with Y-tracery and signs of original C12 round-headed windows and their gables; 3-light east and west windows; gabled porch has diagonal buttresses and entrance of one order, small ogee-headed niche above has statue of St Chad, 3-panel door with rail, old fittings and studs; inner entrance of 3 orders has boldly cusped moulded arch. Tower has offset angle buttresses, south east turret rising higher than tower; 3-light west window with Flowing tracery and hood; 2-light bell-openings with single-light openings on sill courses above, all louvred; cornice and embattled parapet, rich scrolled wrought-iron wind vane dated 1886. INTERIOR: chancel has arch-braced collar roof and collar purlin, chancel arch has half-octagonal responds with foliate capitals and hood with head stops; nave has arcades with double-chamfered arches on piers with simple capitals, hexagonal to south, octagonal to north; plaster groin vault on corbels; triple-chamfered tower arch with blocked C12 window above; south aisle has flat timber ceiling. Fittings: chancel has C19 ogee-headed over linen-fold panelling; altar with 3 figures in arches on paired columns with cherubs over; reredos has high relief of the Good Shepherd with ogee arches and brattishing to cornice; C17 altar rail has turned balusters and strapwork panels with friezes of scrolls and grapes; plain stalls with tracery panels; nave has pulpit sunk into floor with canted angles and tracery and linen-fold panels; tower arch has screen with reliefs and statue of St Chad; north aisle has organ and vestry to east end; south aisle has C15 font with panelled stem and shields in quatrefoils. Memorials: many good C18 and C19 wall tablets; chancel north monument to John and Mary Alden, d.1655 and 1664, panel divided by armorial bearing, Doric columns and broken pediment with armorial bearing, apron and pendants; south side has monument to Elizabeth and Michael Biddulph, d.1657, slate panel with scrolled sides and broken pediment with armorial bearing, apron with skull and swags; also monuments to Lucy Porter, d.1786, Samuel Johnson's step-daughter and Catherine Chambers, d.1767, the Johnson family servant, erected 1910. South aisle has monument in form of cartouche with cherubs, armorial bearing and drops, T Hinton, d.1757, in form of apron panel; 1654 painted charity board. Stained glass: good east window by 2 different hands, central lights possibly Clayton and Bell; some Arts and Crafts glass to south aisle and other C19 and C20 stained glass. The church marks the site of burial of St Chad, Bishop of Lichfield 669-672. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: P.190; St Chad's Church Lichfield: Lichfield: 1972-; Victoria History of the County of Stafford: Greenslade M W: Lichfield: Oxford: 1990-: P.143-7).

Listing NGR: SK1220410209

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Stafford, (1990), 143-7

National Grid Reference: SK 12204 10209


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