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Description: Church of St Aldhelm
Date Listed: 4 October 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 102602
OS Grid Reference: ST7924709803
OS Grid Coordinates: 379247, 109803
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8873, -2.2964
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OKEFORD FITZPAINE BELCHALWELL
ST 70 NE
9/101 CHURCH OF ST ALDHELM,
Church, formerly the parish church of Belchalwell. South door and part of
south nave wall c.l190; nave arcade, south tower, porch, parts of chancel
and north aisle windows C15; south tower window C18; east and west walls
and north aisle wall late Cl9. Squared coursed rubble, ashlar, banded stone
and rubble. Gable eased tiled roofs with stone coping. Plan: nave, chancel,
north aisle, south tower and south porch. C15 and C19 work in the
'perpendicular' style but with a late Norman south door. South tower of
2 stages with diagonal 2 stage buttress; embattled parapet; octagonal
north east vice turret to first stage with stone roof terminating in
gargoyle finial; plinth; string courses. Above buttresses are corner
standards with moulded bases and gargoyles. South tower wall has 2-centred h
window with no tracery and moulded label with carved head stops on first
stage. East tower wall has square 2-light 'perpendicular' tracery window
with stopped label. Second stage has 3 2-light square headed 'perpendicular'
windows with stopped labels. North face has similar single light window.
North aisle and north and south chancel windows of 2-cinqufoiled lights with
'perpendicular' tracery with squared heads under stopped labels. West nave
window; Cl9 of 2-lights under 2-centred head with 'perpendicular' tracery
under returned label. 2 stage weathered buttress. North aisle east window
of 3-lights, 'perpendicular' tracery under segmental head with stopped
label. East chancel window of 3-lights, 'perpendicular' tracery under
2-centred head. North aisle has blocked door and chancel has south door
with pointed segmental head. South porch has diagonal buttress the outer
door being 2-centred with continuously moulded jambs. South doorway has a
2-centred outer arch and segmental pointed tympanum arch. Outer arch has
chevron decoration and a label with dog-tooth and nailheads terminating in
head-stops. Responds have shafts with leaf capitals. Interior: 3 bay
nave arcade with 4-centred moulded arches bearing traces of painting. Piers
with 4 attached shafts separated by hollow chamfer and moulded bases and
capitals. 2-centred tower arch with blind tracery. Squint from south
tower to chancel. Roofs, nave probably Cl9 arch braced collar with tie
beam and cusped vertical struts from tie-beams to principals. Chancel has
pointed, fielded, ribbed roof having single collar with small arch braces.
North aisle has arched braced roof with tie-bean. Door to tower vice of
3-planks with wrought iron strap hinges. C17, fielded pulpit with arabesques.
C20 font. Other fittings mainly C19. "RCHM, Dorset vol. III", pp 202-3,
no 2. Newman,J and Pevsner, N, "The Buildings of England; Dorset",
Penguin, 1972, p 89.
Listing NGR: ST7924709803
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