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Church of St Mary, Blandford St Mary

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103284

OS Grid Reference: ST8916805271
OS Grid Coordinates: 389168, 105271
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8469, -2.1552

Location: A350, Blandford St Mary, Dorset DT11 9ND

Locality: Blandford St Mary
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT11 9ND

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Listing Text


5/3 Church of St Mary

Parish Church, C14 west tower, C15 chancel; south aisle and porch 1837; north
aisle and transept 1862; vestry 1908. Rubble, banded flint and rubble and
chequerwork flint and ashlar with ashlar dressings. Slated and tiled roofs
with end stone copings. Plan; nave; chancel; west tower; south aisle and
porch; north aisle, transept and vestry. Both medieval and C19 work mainly
in the Perpendicular style. West tower: 3-stage, embattled and unbuttressed
with moulded strings; C19 south door with chamfered, 4-centred head; west
window of 2 pointed lights; single-light belfry windows with chamfered,
pointed heads. South aisle windows are pointed, of 2-lights and have labels
with carved foliage stops. Chancel south wall has an original 2-light square
headed window with stopped label west and a C19 single light window with
carved stopped label. Central, blocked, pointed chamfered door. East chancel
and north transept windows are C19, pointed, of 3-lights with carved foliage
labels. Vestry has 2-light, square headed windows and pointed, chamfered door.
North aisle has 2 trefoiled lancets north and a 2-light perpendicular west
window. Porch is gabled with a chamfered, pointed arch and a label with carved
stops. The south door is pointed and moulded with continuous jambs.
Internally the south arcade is of 3 bays with pointed, moulded arches, round
columns with moulded capitals and bases. The north aisle arcade is similar,
of 2 bays with simpler mouldings. Pointed transept arch with respond piers.
Pointed chancel arch of 2 chamfered orders springing from corbels. Pointed
tower arch of 2 chamfered orders. Nave and south aisle have plastered waggon
roof. Chancel has ribbed waggon roof; transept has collar-truss roof. C19
carved wooden reredos with ogee-headed niches. Communion rails with carved
vine scrollwork. Ogee headed trefoil piscina. C19 open traceried pulpit.
Fielded panel pews possibly incorporating C18 woodwork. C19 octagonal font
with quatrefoils and trefoiled panels. Various C17, C18 and C19 monuments
including one of 1758 to Francis Cartwright the architect.
(R.C.H.M. Dorset, vol. III, p.40/1, no. 1. Newman, J and Pevsner, N.
The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p.101.)

Listing NGR: ST8916805271

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Source: English Heritage

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