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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 103691
OS Grid Reference: ST9362511150
OS Grid Coordinates: 393625, 111150
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8998, -2.0920
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ST 9311 TARRANT HINTON
10/63 Church of St Mary
Parish church, C14 nave, C15 west tower and chancel arch, late 15 south aisle
clere storey and porch, north chapel and easter sepulchre probably c.1536,
some early C19 alterations, chancel and general restoration 1874. South door
1892. c.1536 work probably for Thomas Weaver. 1874 work by Benjamin Ferrey.
Greensand ashlar, banded flint and greensand ashlar with ashlar dressings.
Lead roofs with gable stone copings. Plan: nave, chancel, west tower, south
aisle, south porch and north chapel (probably originally 2 storied). Nave in
the late Decorated style, remainder of church, both medieval and C19 in the
Perpendicular style. The Easter sepulchre is a fine example of early Renaissance
work. Nave window of 2-lights with curvilinear tracery under a pointed head.
South aisle has original 2 and 3-lights with curvilinear tracery under a
pointed head. South aisle has original 2 and 3-light vertical traceried windows
under square and pointed heads with labels having carved stops. The chancel
has 2 and 3-light C19 vertical traceried windows under pointed heads. The north
chapel has to the east a 3-light window with intersecting tracery under a
4-centred head and to the west 2 levels of 3-light, square headed windows.
The south porch and aisle have a continuous embattled parapet with string course
and moulded coping. The porch has a rounded head with moulded label with carved
stops. The clerestorey has 2-light square-headed windows. 3-stage, embattled
tower with diagonal and square-set buttresses terminating in pilasters to upper
stage. Parapet string bears gargoyles. 3-light, pointed west window. Belfry
has 2-light pointed windows.
Internal features: pointed chancel arch of 2 chamfered orders; pointed tower
arch of 2 chamfered orders dying into responds; 3 bay pointed arcade of single
chamfered order continuous down rectangular piers; segmental timber barrel roof
to nave; tie-beam roof to chancel; C12 square font with arcaded sides on cylindrical
shaft with small corner shafts; C18 pulpit with 2 levels of fielded panelling;
various reset masonry fragments; late C17 communion rails from Pembroke College
Oxford with twisted balusters; C18 and C19 monuments; some early glass.
The Easter Sepulchre is one of the most important church monuments of Dorset.
It consists of a recess with a 4-centred head flanked by columns with composite
columns with inverted volutes and enriched with arabesques etc. These carry an
entablature with inscription. Further recesses above are flanked by 2 angels in
An extremely interesting and well preserved church.
(RCHM, Dorset, vol.IV, p.96-98, no.1. Newman, J. and Pevsner, N. The Buildings
of England: Dorset, 1972, p.417/8.)
Listing NGR: ST9362411154
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