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Description: Church of St Lawrence
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103640
OS Grid Reference: ST9578315050
OS Grid Coordinates: 395783, 115050
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9349, -2.0614
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2/12 Church of St Lawrence
Parish church. Nave probably C12 origin, south tower late C15 or early C16,
north aisle 1835 and chancel and north vestry 1886. Ashlar, banded ashlar and
flint, snecked rubble and render. Tiled roofs with stone copings. Plan: nave,
chancel, north aisle and vestry, south tower incorporating porch. C16 buttresses
to south nave wall and C12 buttress to west nave wall. South tower: embattled
with corner obelisks; of 2 stages separated by weathered strings; diagonal
buttresses to the first stage; 4-centred, moulded south doorway with studded
plank door; 2 light be fry windows with central mullions bisecting a 4-centred
head. The nave retains 2 medieval windows with pointed heads but these have
been altered and the tracery removed. Chancel windows are C19, of 2 and 3
lights, with idiosyncratic curvilinear tracery and returned labels. The north
aisle windows are pointed and untraceried.
Inside the west and south nave walls have a pronounced offset probably marking
the wall plate level of the original church. C19 pointed, moulded chancel arch
with the inner order springing from corbels. Nave and aisle have plastered
barrel roofs. Chancel has a C19 2 bay arch-braced collar roof with the
principals springing from corbels. Aisle has 2 iron columns with moulded
capitals rather than an arcade. West wall has 2 black letter inscriptions
dated 1733. Late medieval 12-sided font with sides continuing as chamfers on
the stem and dying into a hollow-chamfered square base. Another font in porch
has gadrooned bowl and stem, moulded base and gadrooned stone cover and is
probably late C17 or early C18. Early C18 polygonal pulpit with 2 heights of
fielded panelling and gadrooned cornice and base. C20 glass. Various C17,
C18 and C19 monuments. Other fittings largely C19. (RCHM, Dorset, vol.IV,
p.17/18, no.1. Newman, J. and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset,
Listing NGR: ST9578315050
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