All Saints, Church Lawton, Cheshire
- Site Location
- Church Lawton
- National Grid Reference
- SJ 822558
Lichfield to 1075
Chester to c.1086
Coventry and Lichfield to 1541
now: Chester from 1541
now (or name of monument): All Saints
- Type of building/monument
- Parish church
II General Description
The present church has a 16thc. W tower, but the remainder of the medieval church was destroyed by fire in 1798 and rebuilt in brick as a preaching hall in 1801-03. A 12thc. doorway has been reset under a porch in the S wall of the nave.
III Exterior Features
(i) S nave doorway
Round-headed, two orders.
First order: jambs with a keeled angle roll. At the foot a new step obscures any bases. The capitals, continued in the second order, are flat and multi-scalloped with a fluted half-daisy on each shield and triple wedges between the scallops. They have roll neckings and chamfered imposts with a groove low down on the face, but the S faces of capitals, neckings and imposts have been cut away flush with the jamb face. In the arch is a quirked angle roll with a face hollow.
Second order: jambs with angle rolls with a hollow scooped out on the angle. They descend to a lower step, presumably at the original sill level, and terminate in square plinths with an upright face, a hollow and a roll necking. Capitals, neckings and imposts are continuous from the 1st order and have not been trimmed, but are chipped and damaged. In the arch is an angle roll and point-to-point chevron on face and soffit. This is centripetal with triangular fields bordered by double rolls, each containing a multilobed triangular leaf with fluted lobes. There is no label.
|original h. of opening (to top of 2nd step)||2.66 m|
|present h of opening (to top of top step)||2.49 m|
|w. of opening||1.22 m|
In 1086 the manor was held of Earl Hugh of Chester by Hugh Delamere. No church was noted at this time.
- N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The Buildings of England. Cheshire. Harmondsworth 1971 (repr. 1978), 129-32.
- R. Richards, Old Cheshire Churches. London 1947, 178-79.