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LOWER SHUCKBURGH, St John the Baptist 3, 5¾cwt in B

Grid Reference 151/262715  Lower Shuckburgh Church - Source: M Chester
Postcode NN11 6DY
Peals None
Date Lost 1999

History

The church is on the north side of the Southam-Daventry road and stands in the centre of a small churchyard, the paths planted with avenues of yew trees. Before 1864, when it was completely rebuilt as a result of a disasterous fire, the church consisted of chancel and nave, apparently of the late 13th century, a low west tower, perhaps contemporary, crowned with a pyramidal cap, and a south porch.  

The current church is built in what can best be described as a Moorish gothic style. The church consists of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, vestry, tower, and west porch. Externally it is built of a mixture of light and dark sandstone with limestone bands and outlines to all the arches. Inside it is of red and blue bricks with stone dressings. The only evidence of an earlier church is a 13th-century font, a stone tablet in a moulded frame with the initials G.H.O. 1620 in the vestry, and an altar table of the late 17th Century. There are gables to the east ends of the chancel, north and south aisles, further gables to the aisles, two to each, and at the west end a gabled double porch. The windows throughout are a nondescript form of tracery. At the south-west angle there is a small hexagonal tower in two stages surmounted by a short hexagonal spire pierced on each face with quatrefoils and trefoils. All six sides have gables filled in with blue stone chippings. It is lighted by three single-light pointed windows and has a door on the south side.

The frame is by George Watson, 1829. It was placed diagonally in the tower.  The tenors swung side-by-side, with the treble swinging in the opposite direction.  It is thought that the frame from the previous church may have been reconstructed by John Bromwich of Rugby, the contractor who rebuilt the church. Fittings were by Taylors, probably from 1864. The bells retained their canons and had been quarter turned.   Two bells were sold and the other hung for chiming in 1999. 

Details of the Bells

1  Thomas Newcombe, Leicester  c1580   4cwt
2  Hugh Watts II, Leicester     1628   4¾cwt
3  Hugh Watts I, Leiester       1601   5¾cwt

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East. Source: John Croft The Church - Looking West. Source: John Croft
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West 

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