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Parish Church of St Lawrence

A Grade I Listed Building in Folke, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9179 / 50°55'4"N

Longitude: -2.4855 / 2°29'7"W

OS Eastings: 365970

OS Northings: 113270

OS Grid: ST659132

Mapcode National: GBR MW.QG3T

Mapcode Global: FRA 56PP.1K9

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 31 July 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1172612

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104810

Location: Folke, West Dorset, Dorset, DT9

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Folke

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Folke St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


2/87 31-7-61 Parish Church of
St Lawrence


Church, 1628 and restoration 1875 (RCHM). Tower may incorporate some
earlier work. Coursed rubble, with ashlar dressings. Gable ended
stone slate roofs to nave and chancel with stone copings bearing cross
finials. Aisle roofs hidden behind embattled parapets. Plan: west
tower, nave, chancel, north and south aisle with south porch (now
vestry). Very late 'perpendicular' in style (ie gothic survival).
West tower: 2 stages with embattled parapet separated by moulded strings,
the parapet string bearing gargoyles; crocketted corner finials; semi-
circular vice turret; diagonal buttresses (possibly later additions);
blocked semi-circular arch to north; south door of C19 with 2-centred
head; stopped label and continuously moulded jambs; bell chamber has to
each face a single-light window under a 2-centred head with no label
filled with pierced stone panels. North and south aisle and chancel
windows; of charactertic early C17 pattern of 3 square-headed, graduated
lights with stopped, returned labels; each light has a 4-centred head
and the mullions are hollow-chamfered. East and west windows are of a
similar pattern but are of 2-lights both of equal height. The east
chancel windows is of a similar pattern but is of 4-lights, the central
two being raised. The chancel gable bears a trefoil stone panel and
has quarter-round profile kneelers. South porch door has a moulded
round head sprining from moulded imposts below which are moulded jambs.
Chancel door has moulded, semi circular head with square, stopped label
and continuous jambs. The nave door has a moulded 2-centred head,
continuous jambs and a stopped label. Internal features: 3 bay nave
arcades with moulded 2-centred arches and flat, sunken soffits bearing
carved roses, the central arch bearing a pendant; arcades spring from
octagonal piers with moulded dentilled capitals, round headed concave
panels and moulded bases; round chancel arch with flat soffit and
pendant keystone springing from corbels with similar detail to arcades;
2-centred, moulded tower arch; wooden chancel arch screen with scrolls,
Ionic pilasters, pinnacles, strapwork and other carving; similar screen
to north aisle; barrel vault roofs to chancel and nave with carved
bosses, similar flat roofs to aisles; octagonal font, gadrooned with
Vitruvian waves on twisted stem with scrolled wooden cover; octagonal
pulpit with dentilled cornice and reeded panels; turned communion rails;
C17 pews with scalloped bench ends, reeded through styles and interrupted
rails; similar dado panelling in chancel; C18, C19 and C20 monuments
notably to Thomas Chafe and others c 1720.
RCHM, Dorset, vol I, pp 11O-1, no 1, Newman J and Pevsner, N.
The Buildings of England: Dorset. 1972, p 206.

Listing NGR: ST6597213270

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