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Church of St Paul - Leicester Street, Leamington Spa - church door

This is the Church of St Paul on Leicester Street in Leamington Spa.

 

It is one of the churches in Warwickshire being used for The Alpha Course.

 

It is a Grade II listed building.

 

Church of St Paul, Royal Leamington Spa - British Listed Buildings

 

ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA

 

SP3266SW LEICESTER STREET

1208-1/4/243 (South side)

Church of St Paul

 

GV II

 

Church. 1873-84 with later additions and alterations including

those of c1980. By John Cundall of Leamington. Reddish-brown

brick with purple brick and ashlar dressings and cement-tile

roof.

STYLE: Gothic Revival, Early English.

PLAN: 4-bay nave with clerestory and aisles, 3-stage north

tower and steeple to second bay, north and south transepts,

2-bay chancel with south chapel, vestry and church rooms and

north office and youth rooms. North side of church faces

street with entrance to north side.

EXTERIOR: double-chamfered plinth. Nave has buttresses with

off-sets and pinnacles between bays; 3 cusped lancets to each

bay with continuous chamfered sill band and continuous

hoodmould. Clerestory has pair of 2-light windows with plate

tracery to each bay and continuous hoodmould, modillion

cornice.

Tower: clasping buttresses with off-sets to 2 stages; entrance

to first stage, double plank doors in Caernarvon arched

surround within solid pointed-arched gable with three orders

of shafts with foliate capitals and roll-moulding above; stair

turret to west to lower stage; first-stage band; to second

stage are 2 slit lancets to north; second-stage band; 2-light

tall belfry windows to each side with 2 orders of arches on

slender columns with hoodmoulds; band with trefoil decoration;

steeple has further gabled belfry openings to base.

West end: plate-glass double doors in C20 extension give

access to corridor and west end, west end has a pointed-arched

opening with hoodmould; above a 5-light window with

geometrical-type tracery to head.

Transepts: to north a plank door in double-chamfered,

pointed-arched surround, with quatrefoil to arch; to both ends

a circular window with geometrical-type tracery, band to

gable; to north transept, east side a steeple. East end has

5-light window with geometrical-type tracery to head, bands

and quatrefoil to gable.

INTERIOR: one and a half bays to west end of nave have balcony

and, with aisles, are partitioned-off below to form church

rooms. Pointed-arched, double-chamfered arcade with inner

order of roll-moulding on red granite columns with

water-holding bases and foliate capitals, gault brick arches

 

above and continuous hoodmould. Windows have chamfered

surrounds; clerestory windows have single order of shafts with

roll-moulding to head.

Nave has scissor-braced roof. Transepts have pierced

balconies, the area below which is now partly blocked to form

church rooms, vestry etc.; crossing has tall, wide

double-chamfered arches on square piers with inner order of

roll-moulding on corbel capitals.

Chancel: aisle to north formerly contained organ, with

pointed-arched opening, now blocked; to south the Lady chapel

has pierced screen; to east end a 7-bay wall arcade has

slender shafts and roll-moulding to head; hammer-beam roof.

Stone pulpit has column clusters below and column shafts with

foliate capitals to body. Similar, lower lectern.

Some stained glass.

Inscription to foundation stone at base of north transept: 'TO

THE GLORY OF GOD / THIS FOUNDATION STONE OF/ S. PAUL'S CHURCH

WAS LAID BY / WILLIAM WILLES ESQ.RE 15TH MAY 1873'.

HISTORICAL NOTE: John Cundall was also architect of Leamington

Spa Town Hall, Parade (qv).

Forms an interesting architectural group with St Paul's

Parochial Rooms and Church House (qv).

(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Wedgwood A:

Warwickshire: Harmondsworth: 1966-1990: 334).

 

Another church door. Maybe the main one.

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Taken on October 22, 2011