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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 4 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 102411
OS Grid Reference: ST7880413950
OS Grid Coordinates: 378804, 113950
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9246, -2.3029
There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Medieval Cross 200m North West of St Mary's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.
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ST 7813 STURMINSTER NEWTON
9/127 CHURCH OF ST MARY
Parish Church. Nave, North and South Aisles and West Tower c 1400;
Clerestorey c 1500, Chancel, South Chapel, North and South Trancepts and
extensive restoration 1820s. Earliest work for John Selwood, Abbot of
Glastonbury, 1820s work for Rev. T H Lane Fox by William Evans of Wimborne
Minster. Walls largely of greensand ashlar with ashlar dressings, gable ended
roofs of stone slate and lead. Plan: Nave with north and south aisles and
clerestorey, west porch with tower over, north and south trancepts, chancel
with north vestry and south chapel. All work in 'perpendicular' style.
Windows with panel tracery with 2-centred heads except for those of the
clerestorey which have square heads. West door has a chamfered two-centred
head, continuous jambs with broachstops and a moulded label. 3-stage tower:
1st stage has diagonal buttresses with an original 2-light window with
2-centred head over the door. The second stage has a west window uniform
with that of the lower stage. The third stage has C15 belfrey windows
partially obscured by the nave roof and by C19 clock faces. Above is a low
C19 stage with lattice panelled masonry and quatrefoil loops surmounted with
an embattled parapet with crocketed finials. There is a C19 porch leading to
the south aisle. Internal features: the nave has a 4-bay arcade with
2-centred arches which crosses the trancept. The chancel has a similar
arcade ef 2 bays. The nave roof is noteworthy: it is a wagon type of c 1500
with 3 tie beams, carved bosses and carved flying angels which are situated at
the springing point of the transverse ribs. The chancel and trancepts have
plainer barrel vaults and the north and south aisles, north vestry and south
chapel have flat ribbed ceilings. Pews, pulpit, screens and font C19. Various
monuments of C18 and C19. Stained glass of the C19 and C20 including
interesting south east aisle window by Harry Clarke, 1921. Externally, under
the east chancel window, is an inscription commemorating the Rev T H Lane Fox.
"RCHM, Dorset, Vol III", HMSO, 1970, p 269 - 271, no 1. Keiman, J and
Pevsner, N "The Buildings of England: Dorset", Penguin, 1972, p 406.
Morshead, Sir Owen, "The Story of the Parish Church of St Mary Sturminster
Listing NGR: ST7880413951
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