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Church of St Andrew, Fontmell Magna

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 August 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 103140

OS Grid Reference: ST8654016985
OS Grid Coordinates: 386540, 116985
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9521, -2.1930

Location: Church Close, Fontmell Magna, Dorset SP7 0NY

Locality: Fontmell Magna
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: SP7 0NY

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Listing Text


shall be ammended to read:



8/52 Church of St Andrew

Parish Church, west tower of C15 origin, remainder 1862 and later possibly incor-
porating some original fabric. 1862 work by G Evans of Wimborne for Sir Richard Glyn.
Coursed rubble and ashlar with lead roofs. Plan: nave; chancel; north and south
aisles; west tower, north vestry, south porch. C15 and C19 work in the Perpendicular
style. Tower: 4 stages separated by weathered strings: top stage entirely C19;
diagonal buttresses; embattled parapet with string bearing gargoyles and surmounted
by crochetted pinnacles; moulded 4-centred west door; 3-light west window with
pointed head and label with carved stops; rectangular loops to second stage; third
stage has C15 pointed 2-light windows with original labels with carved stops;
fourth stage has paired rectangular lights with labels with head stops. Remainder
of church has a parapet of solid quatrefoils with openwork panelling above. A
section of this over the north aisle is C16 (said to be dated 1530), rest is C19.
Some panels bear carved decoration. Below is a string course with gargoyles.
North aisle has 4 reset, pointed C15 2-light windows. Vestry has a single-light
window with traceried head and returned label. The chancel has a 5-light east
window with 4-centred head and returned label with carved stops. The south wall of
the chancel has 2 segmental-headed, 2-light windows with labels having head stops.
These flank a pointed, moulded door with ogee label terminating in a carved finial.
The south aisle has pointed east and west wall windows of 3 lights with stopped
labels. South wall has 3-light square headed window with 4-centred tracery arch
and stopped label. Other windows are square-headed of 2 and 3 lights with stopped
label. South porch has moulded, pointed arch with respond shafts and carved

4 bay, pointed, moulded arcades on piers with 4 applied shafts and elaborately carved
C19 capitals by Boulton. Pointed, moulded chancel arch. Pointed, moulded tower arch.
Nave and chancel have C19 hammer-beam roofs springing from carved corbels. Beamed
aisle roofs. C19 carved stone pulpit by Blentham with carved figures of the
4 Evangelists. C19 encaustic tiles. C12 font with cauldron shaped bowl with scrolls
and birds carved in high relief. C20 pews with traceried ends. C16 tower screen
with mixture of gothic and early renaissance detail. C17 and C18 reset wall
(RCHM, Dorset, Vol IV, p 22/3, no 1. Newman, J and Pevsner, N, The Buildings of
England, Dorset 1972, p 207/8. Brocklebank, Joan, Victorian Stone Carvers in
Dorset Churches 1856-1880, 1979)

Listing NGR: ST8654016985

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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