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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103402
OS Grid Reference: ST8346004626
OS Grid Coordinates: 383460, 104626
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8409, -2.2363
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ST 8304 WEST STREET (North side)
11/126 Church of St Mary
Parish church, nave and chancel cl3, west tower c.1500, south porch C16,
remodelling and north tomb chamber probably 1716 and later in the C18.
Restoration of 1892. Flint, banded flint and rubble, squared rubble and
flint chequerwork and render with ashlar dressings. Nave slated, chancel
is tiled with stone-slate margins, stone copings. Nave has ashlar parapet.
Plan: nave, chancel, west tower, south porch and north tomb chamber. West
tower: 2 stages with embattled parapet, diagonal buttresses and pinnacles
with crocketted finials; blocked pointed doorway south; 3-light square headed -
west window of 5-lights with square loop above; 2-light belfry windows with
pointed heads and perpendicular tracery except to the west which has a plain
square headed 2-light window. The nave. has C18 round headed windows with stone
architraves bearing impost blocks and keystones. Tomb chamber has a similar
window with an elliptical head and a reset 4-centred head doorway. Chancel
east window is of 3 graduated lancets. The south chancel wall has a 2-light,
square headed window right and a similar 3-light window left. Between is a
(-centred, moulded doorway, with stopped labels. Porch has a pointed arch of
2 chamfered orders and bears a sundial. Within is a reset C15 sculpture of
the crucifixion. The south doorway has a chamfered pointed head and contains
a plank door on strap hinges.
Internal features: pointed chancel arch of 2 chamfered orders, the innermost
dying into the responds; moulded tower arch with flat soffits; plastered nave
and chancel ribbed waggon roofs, possibly medieval, with foliate bosses; C18
font on square pedestal with moulded cap and gadrooned base; C18 panelling
especially in tomb chamber; C18 hexagonal pulpit with 2 heights of fielded
panelling and steps with turned balusters; screen between chancel and tomb-
chamber possibly muses parts of C15 rood screen; various C17, C18 and c19
monuments including large table tomb with scrolled end in tomb chamber to
Thomas and Barbara Skinner; other fittings mainly C19. (RCHM, Dorset, vol.III,
P.305/6, no.1 and Newman, J. and Pevsner, N., The Buildings of England: Dorset,
Listing NGR: ST8346004626
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Source: English Heritage
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