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Church of St George, Dorchester

Description: Church of St George

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 104265

OS Grid Reference: SY6985390559
OS Grid Coordinates: 369853, 90559
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7139, -2.4283

Location: High Street Fordington, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1JZ

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT1 1JZ

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Listing Text

738/7/116 FORDINGTON HIGH STREET
08-MAY-50 (Northeast side)
CHURCH OF ST GEORGE

I



Revision Number: 2



FORDINGTON HIGH STREET
1.
5191
(North East Side)
Church of St George
SY 6990 7/116 8.5.50.
A
2.
South door late C11, South aisle and north part of porch C12. South transept
C14. Tower, south part of porch, west wall of south aisle, arches to nave and
south aisle of south transept late C15. South transept re-modelled in 1754
(when a now-destroyed chancel was added). North aisle and north arcade 1833
(arcade replaced in 1907). Whole of remainder 1907. The architect
of the extensions
of 1833 was the Rev Henry Moule (Vicar from 1829 to 1870). The architect
of the rebuilding in ]90{( was Jem Feacy of Dorchester at the instance of the
Rev R G Bartelot.
The most remarkable features of the fabric are the south doorway and the west
tower. South doorway has a carved tympanum of Caen stone in a very realistic
style (c.f. Bayeux Tapestry of late Clul), representing St George, mounted, with
praying soldiers on the left and dead or dying soldiers on the right. It allegedly
represents St Georgeis miraculous intervention in the Battle of Antioch (1,093).
{West} tower is {ashlar.} 2 strings, moulded eaves cornice, and crenellated parapet.
Set back buttresses, with gargoyles at eaves cornice, and diagonally-placed
pinnacles with crocketed tops. Polygonal stair tower projecting at north east
corner, surmounted by more crocketed pinnacles. 2 bell openings with transoms
and Perpendicular tracery {on each} side of upper {stage.} West window with {perpqndicula}
{tracery.}
Stained glass in west and south transept {windows} by Morris {old} Co {(190J} and
{1913,} from older cartoons), Communion rail of circa {1700} from Milton Abbey.
Altar: circa 1390, ashlar, brought from Salisbury Cathedral in 1958; panelled
Perpendicular {front.} Doors under west tower Bavarian circa {l7llO,} {brought} here
{In 1935,} 2 shaped panels each with Rococo ornament in upper {ones.} Door in south
porch entrance dated {17l'(} in {nails.} Pulpit dated 1592, ashlar; panelled, carved
{Initials} {(possibly} the oldest {post-} {Reformation} {stone} pulpit).
{Font} {C15,} {ashlar;}
{octagonal,} panelled {sides.} Chancel stalls {C17.} Roman tomb-stone in nave.






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Listing NGR: SY6985390561

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Source: English Heritage

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