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Monument details

HER Number:TR 05 NW 119
Type of record:Listed Building


Grade II* listed building. Main construction periods 1200 to 1832. C14th and later

Grid Reference:TR 01387 55095
Map Sheet:TR05NW

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval to Modern - 1200 AD to 2050 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (II*) 1069922: CHURCH OF ST LEONARD

Full description

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Description from record TR 05 NW 1:
[TR 01385509] St Leonard's Church [NAT] (1) The Church of St Leonard, Badlesmere, has original C14th roof but otherwise dates mostly from the C18th. (2,3) In normal use. (4) Parish church of St Leonard, Grade II* Badlesmere. C13th and early C19th. (For full description see list). (5)

The following text is from the original listed building designation:
1/74 Church of St Leonard 24.1.67 GV II*
Parish church. C13 and early C19. Flint, entirely rendered and channelled except on part of nave north wall. Plain tiled roof. Chancel, nave, south porch and west tower. C19 west end, with chamfered Gothick lancets, and double chamfered west doorway to tower-cum-porch, with louvred belfry. Battlemented south porch. Chancel with offset corner buttresses, 2 east lancets and C14 ogee headed north window. North nave and chancel wall is inset 3 times with exposed quoins, the chancel roof also stepped - evidence of previous greater size of church. Interior: west tower intrudes into nave; nave roof of 2 large moulded crown posts, chancel roof of 3 spindly crown posts. No chancel arch, but chancel stepped in from nave, and north chancel wall stepped in, with exposed jambs of arcade to lost chapel. Fittings: complete set of C18 box pews with raised and fielded panels, the rear set raised in tiers. Integral 2-tier pulpit with ramped hand rail and panelling. C18 altar rail with turned balusters and square knops and moulded dado panelling to sanctuary and reredos with ball flower finial and inscriptions. C15 bench ends incorporated into C18 Choir stalls; linenfold panels, with emblem of Trinity on one end and Star and Garter on the other end. Inscribed to and made for Sir Richard Badlesmere, 1415. C15 octagonal font; plain with C17 wooden font cover. Royal coat of Arms 1717, and large hatchment on south wall. Six Tugged inscription boards in nave. The whole is remarkably unrestored and unusually so for this part of Kent.(See B.0.E. Kent II, 1983, 131). Listing NGR: TR0162256679(6)

<1> OS 6" 1961 (OS Card Reference). SKE48369.

<2> Churches of Kent 1 1913 67 (F Grayling) (OS Card Reference). SKE38980.

<3> MHLG (240A/11/A Nov 1960) (OS Card Reference). SKE47025.

<4> F1 ASP 24-MAY-63 (OS Card Reference). SKE42266.

<5> DOE (HHR) Swale Boro Kent Nov 1986 29 (OS Card Reference). SKE40639.

<6> Field report for monument TR 05 NW 1 - May, 1963 (Bibliographic reference). SKE5197.

<6> English Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Map). SKE16160.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>OS Card Reference: OS 6" 1961.
<2>OS Card Reference: Churches of Kent 1 1913 67 (F Grayling).
<3>OS Card Reference: MHLG (240A/11/A Nov 1960).
<4>OS Card Reference: F1 ASP 24-MAY-63.
<5>OS Card Reference: DOE (HHR) Swale Boro Kent Nov 1986 29.
<6>XYMap: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. [Mapped feature: #33333 Listed building, ]
<6>Bibliographic reference: Field report for monument TR 05 NW 1 - May, 1963.