SO4798 : Church of St Mary, Leebotwood

taken 8 years ago, near to Leebotwood, Shropshire, England

Church of St Mary, Leebotwood
Church of St Mary, Leebotwood
View from the south west. The tower was added in 1829, and is rectangular in plan rather than square.
Church of St Mary, Leebotwood

The body of the church, consisting of nave and chancel under a continuous roof, dates from the 13th century, the tower being added in 1829. The roof appears to have been rebuilt at this date, although some earlier timbers remain. However, there is none of the typical late 19th century rebuilding.

The nave retains its late 18th century box pews and there is a gallery dating from the 17th century at the west end. There is a fine series of 18th and 19th century wall monuments of the Corbett family in the chancel.

A notable feature is the medieval wall painting on the north wall, thought to be contemporary. It shows the Virgin Mary seated on a throne, with attendant figures. Other paintings exist but have not been uncovered.

The church is Listed Grade II*, principally for the completeness of its 18th and early 19th century fittings and monuments.

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
Monday, 25 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 29 April, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4705 9866 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.9894N 2:46.9745W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4703 9866
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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