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St Peter, Church Lawford, Warwickshire

(52°23′1″N, 1°20′9″W)
Church Lawford
SP 453 764
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Warwickshire
now Warwickshire
  • Harry Sunley

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Feature Sets

The church was rebuilt in 1872, but with a 14thc. N arcade and a reset doorway ofc.1210 (Pevsner).


Between 1086 and 1094 the church was granted to the Norman Abbey of St Pierre-sur-Dives. During the wars with France, it was administered by Wolston Priory (Warwickshire), but in 1394 it was "sold" to the Carthusian Priory of Coventry, although it was never appropriated.


Exterior Features



The VCH reference to a dummy S doorway hints of non-originality, and local opinion varies regarding the authenticity. Based on the conformity of the jambs and the adjacent modern stone, it seems unlikely to be original, but then it is apparent that the courses around the sandstone windows, reused from the earlier church also conform. The material is unlike that of the rebuild, but is similar to that used, alternating with sandstone, in the original 14thc. N aisle arcade.

On balance, there is no reason to regard it as other than original, reset Romanesque. Regarding the block, if it had not been sculptured, why was it put there?

VCH 6:147
Pevsner and Wedgewood, 231