SK4826 : Church of St Andrew, Kegworth

taken 1 year ago, near to Kegworth, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Church of St Andrew, Kegworth
Church of St Andrew, Kegworth
The nave looking west from the chancel. The tower arch is the earliest element, dating from the 13th century. The arcades are 14th century.
Church of St Andrew, Kegworth
A feature of the church is that it derives largely from a single period of build. It dates from the 14th century, although incorporating the lower part of the tower of an earlier 13th century church. The upper part of the tower and spire are 14th and 15th century, and the clerestory is the traditional 15th century addition.

The layout is described as cruciform, with aisled nave and transepts, but instead of the normal transverse ridges of the transepts in a traditional cruciform church, the transepts are formed by what is structurally an 'outer aisle' with ridges parallel to the nave. The aisle roofs continue through to the east wall of the transepts. From the air at least, the layout is of an aisled nave with separate chapels outside the aisles. Internally, the transepts from a true cruciform layout, with arches from the nave which are twice as wide as the aisle arcade arches which they adjoin.

The windows uniformly have reticulated tracery of the 14th century, although much of the masonry was renewed during the 19th century restoration (1859-60).

Internally, a striking feature is the original 15th tie-beam roof with its fine carved bosses. There are carved wooden figures on the supporting corbels, the majority of which are 19th century, but thought to be copied from the originals. One original does survive on the south side of the nave.

Also of note is the large royal coat of arms over the chancel arch, Suclpted from plaster, this is an early example, dated 1684, from the reign of Charles II. It was restored and repainted in 1935.

The church is Listed Grade II*.
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
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
14th Century  13th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4875 2671 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:50.1426N 1:16.6672W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4877 2671
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Parish Church  Church Nave  Decorated Style  Tower Arch  Grade II(star) Listed 

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