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Description: Church of St Thomas
Date Listed: 16 August 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 103031
OS Grid Reference: ST8821020076
OS Grid Coordinates: 388210, 120076
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9800, -2.1693
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ST 82 SE MELBURY ABBAS QUARRY LANE
8/190 Church of
Parish Church, 1852. By George Evans of Wimborne. Ashlar with tiled
roofs and stone gable copings with finials. Moulded strings and
plinth. Diagonal buttresses. Plan: nave, chancel, south aisle
continuous with tower and south transept, north transept, north vestry,
south porch. In the 'Decorated' style with flowing tracery. Tower:
3-stage, embattled, with diagonal buttresses and octagonal vice turret
projecting above roof line with short spire: 2-centred west window
under label with head-stops; belfrey has paired lancets with pierced
stone panels. South aisle has 2 square headed, 2-light windows with
flowing tracery. North nave windows are 2-centred, of 2 lights with
flowing tracery. Transept windows are 2-centred with reticulated
tracery. South chancel wall has a lancet with flowing tracery to the
west and a 2-light, 2-centred window with flowing tracery to the east.
The north wall of the chancel has a similar lancet. East chancel
window of 3-lights with flowing tracery under 2-centred head. East
vestry window of 2-lights with flowing tracery. South porch has
2-centred, moulded arch,shafted jambs and a label with head stops.
South doorway has 2-centred, moulded head with continuous jambs and
label with carved foliage stops, 2-centred vice door. Interior
features: 2-centred, moulded chancel arch with shafted jambs and label
with elaborate head-stops; 3 bay arcade with smaller supplementary bay
west, 2-centred, of 2 chamfered orders on octagonal piers; 2-centred,
moulded vestry arch with shafted jambs; other arches of 2 or 3 straight
chamfered orders; nave and transept have hammer beam roofs with arch-
braced collars springing from elaborately carved angel corbels; boarded,
ribbed, waggon roof to chancel; flat, ribbed, boarded aisle roof;
wooden pulpit with ogee-headed panels on stone base; octagonal pulpit
with ogee-headed panels in baptistry under tower; pews with poppy heads
carved in chancel; various C19 encaustic tiles; C19 glass.
(RCHM, Dorset, vol IV, p 47, no 1. Newman J and Pevsner N. The
Buildings of England: Dorset. Penguin, 1972, p 272.)
Listing NGR: ST8821020076
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Source: English Heritage
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