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© Mr Howard W Hilton ARPS

IoE Number: 57062
Photographer: Mr Howard W Hilton ARPS
Date Photographed: 27 August 1999
Date listed: 12 January 1967
Date of last amendment: 12 January 1967
Grade II

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DODCOTT CUM WILKESLEY C.P. WHITCHURCH ROAD SJ 64 SW 7/38 Church of St Michael l2-1-67 GV II Church. 1769 with additions of 1886. Built for the Cottons of Combermere. Red Flemish bond brick with a slate roof. The C18 church was of cruciform plan to which two further transepts and a chancel were added in 1886 as well as a new west wall and a north western porch and a bellcote. Western end: slightly projecting brick plinth with a chamfered top. Pilaster buttresses to either side. Ashlar band upon which the three round arched windows rest with ashlar surrounds and an ashlar band at the level of the springing of their arches with keystones above. Stone cornice above this with a plain frieze. Above the pilaster buttresses are ashlar fluted drums with conical caps and ball finials. To the gable is a circular clock face in a square surround with a swan-necked pediment above with a stylised wafer and chalice set between the two halves of the pediment. Ashlar coping to the gable with a cross to the apex. To the ridge behind this is the bellcote which is of timber with a lead roof and splayed wooden body which has a round-headed arch to each side and weather-cock to the summit. The northern side has the porch of 1886 to the right which has a round arch with a console keystone and an ashlar band at the level of the springing. Pedimental gable above with a carving showing St George slaying the dragon. To either side are porthole windows. Behind the porch is a blocked round-headed window and to left are the two C18 bays being a transept with a round arched window of two arched lights with a circular light to the apex. Projecting keystone and springers. Pedimental gable above with an ashlar surround. To the left again is a similar window. The southern side of the nave is similar save that no porch has been imposed and it therefore has 3 symmetrically disposed bays. The chancel addition of 1886 has to its southern side a vestry at left to the right of which is a single-light round-headed window. The northern side has a transept at right with 3 arched-headed lights and a porthole light to the pedimental gable and a cross to the apex. To the left is a single light round-headed window. The eastern end has a tripe round-headed lancet window contained within a round relieving arch which has ashlar springers and keystone with clasping pilaster buttresses to either side and fluted drum finials with conical caps as at the western end. The church was noted by Dr Johnson on his visit to Combermere in 1774.

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