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St Leonard, Newland, Worcestershire

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Feature Sets (2)

Description

The church, of red sandstone ashlar, was rebuilt in 1862-64. The Romanesque font came from the old church.

History

The manor of Newland was given to Great Malvern Priory by Gilbert, Abbot of Westminster (d. 1117). In 1291 the prior of Great Malvern held two caracutes of land at Newland.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Cylindrical, of red sandstone, with a band of chip-carved stars at the rim. Set on a modern stem and base.

Dimensions
circ. at rim 1.95 m
diam. of bowl 0.6 m
d. of bowl 0.31 m
h. of bowl 0.42 m
int. diam. of bowl 0.45 m

Comments/Opinions

The VCH dates the font to the 12thc. Pevsner (1968, 223) describes it as Early English, and the band of ornament as 'dog-tooth'. The font belonged to the original parish church of Great Malvern, St Thomas's, and was brought to Newland in 1541 when Great Malvern Priory became the parish church.

Bibliography

  • The Victoria History of the Counties of England. Worcestershire, vol.IV. London 1924, 123-32, 131.
  • N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Worcestershire. Harmondsworth 1968, 223.

Location

Site Location
Newland
National Grid Reference
SO 796 485 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Worcestershire
now: Worcestershire
Diocese
medieval: Worcester
now: Worcester
Dedication
now: St Leonard
medieval: St Leonard
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
G. L. Pearson