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Church of St Mary, Motcombe

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 August 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 103050

OS Grid Reference: ST8490925238
OS Grid Coordinates: 384909, 125238
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0263, -2.2165

Location: 1 Church Walk, Motcombe, Dorset SP7 9NT

Locality: Motcombe
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: SP7 9NT

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Listing Text


3/209 Church of St Mary

Parish Church, 1846 by G Alexander. Greensand ashlar with chamfered
plinth, diagonal buttresses, and a string course. Gable-ended, tiled
roofs with stone copings. Plan: nave, chancel, north and south aisles,
south porch, west tower. In the 'Perpendicular' style. Tower: 2 stage,
embattled with diagonal buttresses to the lower stage and pilaster
strips above; octagonal vice turret with loops; west window of 3-lights
with 2-centred head under returned label; higher in the first stage is
a 2-light square headed window with a returned label; 2-light belfrey
windows with 2-centred heads and returned labels. North aisle: 5-bay;
north wall west window of 3 lights with square head under returned
label; other north wall-windows of 2-lights under 2-centred heads with
returned labels; east and west wall windows of 3-lights with 2-centred
heads and returned labels. South aisle: south wall has 2 2-light
windows under 2-centred heads and to the east a 3-light, square headed
window with returned label; east and west wall windows of 3-lights
under 2-centred heads with returned labels. Chancel: north wall has
a 2-light, 2-centred window with a returned label; south wall has 2
similar windows and west is a 2-centred chamfered door in a square
surround with the string stepped up over as label; original ribbed plank
door; east window of 4-lights under a 2-centred head with a stopped
label. South porch: gabled with 2-centred, moulded head, continuous
jambs and stopped label; reset tablet dated 1636 over inner door.
Interior features: 5 bay arcades with 2-centred arches of 2 chamfered
orders on octagonal piers with capitals and bases; chancel and tower
arches are 2-centred and moulded with continuous jambs; roofs are arch-
braced collar trusses springing from corbels; trefoiled piscina in
chancel; C15 reset niche with ogee head and ribbed soffit between
pinnacles, containing fragment of sculpture. Round, C13 font on
cylindrical stem with round roll moulded base; C17 font cover; various
C17, C18 and C19 monuments, notably to Elizabeth (Branthwayte) Webb
1627 with broken pediment, marble columns and Corinthian capitals;
C19 pews; C19 stone pulpit with ballflower and cross and Lombardic
lettering in marble; C17 Royal arms on wood panel; C19 glass.
(RCHM, Dorset, vol IV, p 48-49, no I. Newman J and Pevsner N: The
Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p 302).

Listing NGR: ST8490925238

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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