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Church of St John, Spetisbury

Description: Church of St John

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103360

OS Grid Reference: ST9094102924
OS Grid Coordinates: 390941, 102924
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8258, -2.1300

Location: High Street, Spetisbury, Dorset DT11 9DP

Locality: Spetisbury
Local Authority: North Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT11 9DP

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Listing Text

(West side)

8/85 Church of St John

Parish church, north arcade late C12 or early C13, west tower late C15 or
early C16, north chapel 1868, remainder of church 1858, restoration of 1895.
1858 work by T H Wyatt. Flint with squared rubble and banded flint and rubble
with ashlar dressings. Tiled roofs with stone copings. Plan: nave; chancel;
west tower; north aisle and chapel; south porch, 3-stage tower with weathered
strings, embattled parapet, diagonal buttresses to first stage and octagonal
north vice. Chamfered, pointed west door. Single-light west window with pointed
head. Paired belfry windows with pointed heads under square, stopped labels.
North aisle has 2 and 3-light Perpendicular tracery windows under straight heads,
some original, reset. East chancel window of 3 tracery lancets under common
pointed head. North and south chancel walls have lancets and paired lancets.
Pointed priest's door of 2 chamfered orders. 3-light Perpendicular south nave
windows under square heads. Gabled porch with pointed arch of 2 chamfered orders
and plate tracery windows. Inner door with pointed, moulded head.
Internal features; 3 bay arcade of stilted segmental arches on cylindrical columns
with moulded capitals; pointed tower arch of 3 chamfered orders dying into responds;
early C17 polygonal pulpit with panelled sides having highly enriched decoration
with Ionic capitals, beasts, cherub-heads, strapwork etc: Various monuments, notably
a chest tomb to John Bowyer 1599 with strapwork enrichment over which is a heavy
pediment with scrolled frieze supported on Ionic columns and half-columns; C19
and C20 glass; painted inscription to bell-ringers on painted panel in tower.
(RCHM, Dorset, vol.III, p.242/3, no.1. Newman, J. and Pevsner, N., The Buildings
of England: Dorset 1972m p.394/5.)

Listing NGR: ST9094202924

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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