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IoE Number: 429022
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH LANE LS26 (north side)
Photographer: Mr Les Waby
Date Photographed: 17 October 2007
Date listed: 03 February 1967
Date of last amendment: 03 February 1967
Grade II*

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SE 33 SESWILLINGTONCHURCH LANELS26(north side)2/48Church of St. Mary3rd February 1967

SE 33 SE SWILLINGTON CHURCH LANE LS26 (north side) 2/48 Church of St. Mary 3rd February 1967 GV II* Parish church. Late C14 or early C15, with tower rebuilt 1884 (Pevsner), Magnesian limestone ashlar, tower of gritstone; stone slate roof. West tower, nave with north and south aisles, chancel with C19 vestry on north side. Three-stage Perpendicular-styled tower with diagonal buttresses has a moulded west door with crocketed hoodmould, a 3-light window above, a small medieval nich re-located above this, 2-light louvred belfry windows, and a corbel table to an embattled parapet with crocketed corner pinnacles. Decorated 5-bay aisle with buttresses have 2-centred arched 2-light windows with restored mullions and tracery; south aisle has gabled porch to 2nd bay, with chamfered 2-centred outer arch and hoodmould, restored inner doorway with fielded panel doors; nave has four square-headed 2-light windows with chamfered mullions; east end of south asile has a 3-light window with reticulated tracery. Three-bay buttressed chancel has a restored segmental- headed priest door in the centre, two 2-light window with mouchettes in the head to the right and a C19 thre-light window to the left, with intersecting tracery; large C19 east window of 3 lights with similar tracery. Interior: 5-bay arcades of octagonal colummns with double-chamfered arches, similar chancel arch (modern steel-framed roof to nave); chancel has roof of 4 cambered and brattished beams with short king-posts and unusual stout curved struts to low-pitched principal rafters; cinquefoil-headed triple sedilia, trefoil-headed piscina with projecting bowl; numerous wall monuments to the Lowther family, mostly C18; in south wall of south aisle, a large cusped ogee-headed recess containing remains of an oak effigy in a glass case.

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