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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103584
OS Grid Reference: ST8360600121
OS Grid Coordinates: 383606, 100121
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8004, -2.2340
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ST 8300 CHESCOMBE LANE
15/167 Church of St Mary
Parish church, early C13 chancel, C14 crossing tower, C15 south chapel and
nave, aisles and porch of 1844 late C20 west vestry. 1844 work by Benjamin
Ferrey. Banded flint and ashlar and banded flint and rubble with ashlar
dressings. Roofs part tiled and part stone-slated. Plan: nave with north
and south aisles, south chapel, central crossing with tower, chancel, south
porch. Chancel: C13 east window of 3 graduated lancets; north and south
walls have C13 lancets; C13 south door with chamfered pointed head; original
buttresses to east wall; original corbel table. Central tower: 2 stages
separated by weathered string course; embattled parapet; north vice turret,
square to lower stage and octagonal above, entered through 4-centred head
doorway; north and east faces have C15 belfry windows of 2-lights under
pointed heads; reset C13 lancet to south. South chapel has C15 2 and 3-light
perpendicular tracery windows with pointed heads. North and south aisles have
C19 windows of 2 trefoiled lights; 4-centred south door. South porch has
pointed arch with continuous jambs.
Internal features: 3-bay arcades with pointed arches springing from octagonal
piers with moulded capitals. Early C14 chancel arch of 3 chamfered orders
with continuous responds; C14 South and west crossing arches of 3 chamfered
orders with shafted responds with moulded bases and capitals with C16 carved
masks and foliage. C19 arch-braced collar truss roof to nave; plastered
barrel-vault to chancel; C15 octagonal font with vine scroll oranment supported
on free-standing shafts. bearing shields; C17 wooden font cover; some C15 glass,
C19 box pews; C13 trefoiled piscinae in chancel and C15 piscinae in south
chapel; C15 timber pulpit much restored C19 with panelled sides and side
standards with crochetted finials; various C18 and C19 wall monuments; (RCHM,
Dorset, vol.III, p.309/11, no.1., Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of
England, Dorset, 1972. p.488.)
Listing NGR: ST8360200121
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Source: English Heritage
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