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IoE Number: 272820
Location: CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS,
  THORPE CONSTANTINE, LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE
Photographer: Mr John Lewis
Date Photographed: 07 September 2007
Date listed: 27 February 1964
Date of last amendment: 27 February 1964
Grade II*

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SK 20 NWTHORPE CONSTANTINE C.P. STATFOLD5/67Church of All27.2.64Saints

SK 20 NW THORPE CONSTANTINE C.P. STATFOLD 5/67 Church of All 27.2.64 Saints GV II* Chapel. Mainly early C14 incorporating some C12 work, and some earlier, possibly Anglo Saxon material, alterations of the C17, restored 1906. The earliest stonework is a reddish conglomerate, coursed small stone rubble with wide joints now incorporating tiles as a result of restoration work done in 1965; C14 coursed and dressed freestone; C17 or C18 coursed and dressed freestone, with herringbone tooling; ashlar of 1906. Plain tile roof. 2-bay nave and chancel in one with diagonal buttresses to the western corners and angle buttresses to the eastern corners, buttreses at the bay division. C12 west door with chamfered surround and semi-circular arch springing from imposts. The west wall and the west ends of the north and south walls consist of early stonework incorporating some freestone blocks, probably C14; both east and west gables have been rebuilt probably in 1906 when the roof was replaced. Early C14 east bay with pointed north and south windows. The north window has Y-tracery and a returned hood mould, the south window has 2 trefoil-headed ogee lights and a single reticulation, a quarter round moulding and a hood mould terminating in a pair of, now mutilated, heads. Small rectangular north and south windows at the west end of the bay, also C14. Early C14 south door with segmental pointed head and quarter round moulded surround. 4-light chamfer mullioned east window, probably C17, partially blocked, probably in the late C19 when the stained glass was inserted. North wall of the west bay is Cl7, the south wall dates to 1906. Square-headed north and south windows of 2 trefoil headed ogee lights and sunken spandrels, the south window is wholly of 1906, the north window has been heavily restored at that date but retains some original work, and is possibly Gothic survival of the C17, contemporary with the stonework that surrounds it. Interior: C14 piscina and sedile, the former has an ogee head, the latter has a pointed trefoil head. Above the piscina and incorporated into the wall is a stone cross probably C12. Aumbry with C17 or C18 doors. Stone altar constructed of grave slabs, with a frieze of circa 1800 over. Common rafter roof of 1906. Fittings: late C17 or C18 wooden semi- hexagonal pulpit. C14 stone font with octagonal pedestal; the basin is probably C17, it has a simple frieze of scallops and a lead inscription around the rim: "Nascentes morimur. Finisque ab origine pendet". Coat of arms of Stanford Wolferston (d. 1772). Monuments: in the chancel 2 segmental pointed niches with quarter round moulding, each containing the recumbant effigy of a lady, possibly members of the de Lee family; both late C14, the southern one circa 1370, the northern one circa 1390. Large elaborately carved aedicular tablet of 1676 to Francis and Frances Wolferston. Aedicular tablet to Hester Wolferston (d.1775). Stained glass: east window has mainly small Flemish panels of the C17, inserted in 1861; the small south window has a late medieval panel of a bishop. B.O.E. pp.251-2.

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