TQ7908 : Church of St Leonard

taken 11 months ago, near to St Leonards, East Sussex, Great Britain

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Church of St Leonard
Church of St Leonard
St Leonards Parish Church
Grade II listed.
There was originally a church built in 1834, by James Burton, father of Decimus Burton.
The church was destroyed in 1944, and was rebuilt between 1953 and 1961 by Sir Giles Scott and A G Scott.
The tower was added in 1960.
Because of the lie of the land the church actually faces south towards the sea. It consists of a massive tower with a parabolic arch which contains the West window and three door entrance. The tower has a Bell opening in the shape of a cross. There are more parabolic arches inside, and there is a dado of blue-grey stone with a wavy moulding along the top representing the sea.
There is a modern west(actually south) gallery with a community area above and meeting area below.
Many of the fittings also represent the sea including the chancel floor which is in inlaid with a variety of fish.
The pulpit is shaped like a boat and was made by a Jewish carpenter in a Galilean fishing village. The lectern is comprised of an old ships binnacle.
The windows are by Patrick Reyntiens who also did stained-glass at Coventry Cathedral.
The font was carved from a solid elm log with scenes from Jesus' Nativity
The church has suffered from structural problems partly caused by the pressure on the higher lands behind it.
More landslips behind church occurred in the 1980s and in the year 2000 the building's future was said to be uncertain and closure was considered. However it still thrives today.
The organ dates from 1965 by Morgan and Smith.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7969 0884 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.0700N 0:33.0819E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7968 0881
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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