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IoE Number: 334797
Location: CHURCH OF ST PETER, CHURCH STREET (east side)
  CONISBROUGH, DONCASTER, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr David Clayton
Date Photographed: 30 May 2006
Date listed: 05 November 1962
Date of last amendment: 05 November 1962
Grade I

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CONISBROUGHCHURCH STREETSK59NW(east side)4/245/11/62Church of St. Peter

CONISBROUGH CHURCH STREET SK59NW (east side) 4/24 5/11/62 Church of St. Peter GV I Church. Probably of C8 origin, remodelled C12, C14 and C15; restored 1866 and in later C19; vestry added 1913-14. Ashlar and rubble magnesian limestone, lead roofs. West tower overlapped by aisles to 3-bay nave, south porch; 2-bay chancel with north chapel in extension of aisle and north vestry. Tower: pre-Conquest core refaced C15; much restored. Chamfered plinth, moulded band; offset angle buttresses flank pointed-arched west door with hoodmould; string course beneath pointed-arched 3-light window having unrestored hoodmould with head-carved stops; statue niche over. North and south clocks and offset beneath belfry stage having pairs of transomed, 2-light openings with cusped blind panels below louvres; shared hoodmoulds with head-carved stops. String course with north and south gargoyles and traceried frieze beneath embattled parapet with 4 crocketed pinnacles. Navel aisle overlap to south of tower is of C15 ashlar with diagonal west buttress, square-headed window to south and triangular-headed 3-light window to west. C15 porch, restored C20, has angle buttresses and iron gates across pointed arch with shafted jambs, dog tooth to soffit and billeted hoodmould; 2-order C12 doorway within has renewed shafts and left capital to arch with chamfer, zig-zag and dogtoothed hood; C15 grave slab on inner porch wall to east beneath niche with seated figure. C14 aisle on right is of rubble with buttresses to east and between 2-light windows with chamfered, quoined surrounds and shouldered heads; Decorated 3-light east window has renewed tracery with couchettes beneath old hoodmould. C15 clerestorey: ashlar; pointed 3-light windows with hoodmoulds. Embattled parapets throughout south side, that to nave with crocketed pinnacles and east cross. North aisle, rebuilt 1866, incorporates 2 round-headed windows. Chancel: rebuilt OS in ashlar with chamfered plinth and moulded bandy buttresses to east and between bays. Tudor-arched priests' door beneath C20 hollow-chamfered 3- light window with square-head; to left a restored C15 window of 2-lights in same style; similar 3-light window on right has arched head. 5-light east window with renewed tracery to cusped ogee heads beneath arch with hoodmould. String course beneath coped ashlar parapet with crocketed east pinnacles and cross. Separately-roofed vestry of 1913 has Tudor-arched east door flanked by hooded ogee windows; similar north and west windows. Interior: tall double-chamfered tower arch; low C12 round arches from tower to aisles beneath round-headed slit windows. Pre-conquest side-alternate quoins to west end of nave visible from aisles. North arcade: 3 bays with plain round arches, bay-I arch taller; cylindrical piers with 1 scalloped capital and I carved with figures in foliage. Over central arch a blocked Saxon window with round-arched head cut in a single stone, the window splays externally; over outer arches are the quoined jambs of other pre-Conquest openings, their heads cut by clerestorey windows. South arcade, of c1200, has 3 pointed arches on cylindrical piers with differing carved capitals In south aisle a triangular-headed piscina with projecting square bowl. in north aisle an ogee recess beneath eastern aisle window; opposite is a semi- octagonal column piscina in C13 style; squint in wall above. Chancel arch: C12, restored, with roll-mould continued as shafts down west side and lozenge-carved imposts. C19 double-chamfered arch into north chapel with blocked, pointed doorway to east having quadrant moulding. Around east end of chancel is a string course above round-headed south piscina and recess in north wall with iron stanchions. Font: Perpendicular, octagonal with 4 shafts about the column; shields and figures in quatrefoiled side panels. Medieval altar stone, brought from castle and now in north chapel, has 5 crosses and relic box niche. Monuments: C13 cross slab at east end of north aisle; above it a wall monument to the Bosvile family having oval plaque set amongst foliage. On chancel south wall a monument by Knowles of Manchester to W. Richard Woodyeare (d.1835). On north wall that by Thomas of London to Fountain John Woodyeare of Crookhill Hall (d.1814). Brasses: near pulpit to Marie Tofield (d.1755); on chancel south wall to Rev. Henry Saxton dated 1665; in north aisle recess to Nicholas Bosvile (d.1523). In south aisle a remarkable C12 coped tomb chest bearing medallions with knights in combat, winged beasts and zodiac signs; sides have palmettes and warrior fighting a dragon whilst bishop with crozier stands by. Glass: jumbled C15 glass with 3 heads in chancel south window; east window of 1866 by H. Hughes. Detailed description in P.F. Ryder, Saxon Churchesin South Yorkshire, County Archaeology Monograph No 2, 1982, pp 45-61.

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