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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103190
OS Grid Reference: ST8598912415
OS Grid Coordinates: 385989, 112415
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9110, -2.2006
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ST 8512 IWERNE COURTNEY OR SHROTON MAIN STREET
14-7-55 Church of St Mary
Church, C14 chancel, C15 tower, nave, north aisle, south chapel and general
remodelling. C17 south aisle and south porch 1871, chancel remodelled 1872,
vestry late C19/early C20. 1610 work for Sir Thomas Freke. Greensand ashlar
walls with tiled roofs having end stone copings with C17 finials. Moulded
cornice. Plan: nave, chancel, north aisle, south aisle and chapel. west tower,
north vestry. Tower: 3 stages separated by weathered strings diagonal
buttresses to first stage has corner pilaster strips; pointed 2-light west
window with stopped labels, rectangular loops to north and south second stage;
2-light, pointed belfrey windows with stopped labels. North aisle and south
chapel windows are C17 of 3 graduated lancets under a pointed head with returned
labels, that to the south aisle is aC19 copy. North and south chancel walls
have C14 2-light windows with ogee quatrefoils. C14 pointed door to south
chancel wall. East chancel window of 3-lights with rose tracery. South
porch has diagonal buttresses and pointed arch.
Interior: North aisle has C17, 3 bay, segmented pointed arcade on piers with
4 attached shafts separated by a continuous hollow chamfer. The chancel arch
and arch from south chapel to nave are of a similar form. The C19,2 bay
south arcade has pointed arches and pier with 4 attached shafts. The tower
arch is pointed of 3 straight chamfered orders the outermost of which is continuous
and inner two of which die into flat jambs Roofs to nave and north and south
aisles are C19 ribbed barrel vaults of semi-circular profile. Those to the nave
and south aisle have carved bosses and the nave roof has carved angles at the
springing point of the ribs. The south chapel has a 3-bay arch-braced collar
beam roof with carved bosses. The chancel has a 2-bay, arch braced collar
beam roof with king post and struts. There are carved bosses and the
wall plate bears paterae. The principals spring from C19 foliage carved corbels.
North aisle partitioned with C17 screen to form Freke chapel. Screen has 2
levels of panelling over which is a range of colonnettes with open lattice
work. Above is an enriched entablature with carved heads surmounted by a
strapwork cresting. C19 piscina. C19 terracotta reredos to the design of Lady Baker.
Octagonal font, probably C12 but retoolled C17; C17, C18 and C19 monuments and
floor slabs notably that to Sir Thomas Freke and his wife Elizabeth, 1633. This
has open segmental pediment, sculptured pediment and carved putti, angels, doves
etc. Other fittings and furnishings largely Cl9. The church is an interesting
example of C17 Gothic work with affinities with the chapel at Higher Melcombe
House, also for Sir Thomas Freke. It is, however, stylistically unlike the
series of C17 north Dorset Churches including Folke, Ryme Intrinsica and
Leweston (RCHM Dorset, vol III, p 126/7, no 1 Newman and Pevsner N. The Buildings
of England: Dorset, Penguin 19?2j p 236/7).
Listing NGR: ST8599012423
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