British Listed Buildings

History in Structure

If you log in, you can comment on buildings, submit new photos or update photos that you've already submitted.

We need to upgrade the server that this website runs on. Can you spare a quid to help?.

Church of St Peter. Railings on East and South Sides of Churchyard, Dorchester

Description: Church of St Peter. Railings on East and South Sides of Churchyard

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 104390

OS Grid Reference: SY6924890737
OS Grid Coordinates: 369248, 90737
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7154, -2.4369

Location: The Bow, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA

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

Incorrect location/postcode? Submit a correction!

Explore more of the area around Dorchester, Dorset at Explore Britain.

Listing Text

08-MAY-50 (North side)


1 .
(North Side)
Church of St Peter.
Railings on east and
south sides of churchyard
SY 6990 7/1 8.5.50.

I {GV}

Building in 1420/1. North and south chapels slightly later. Vestry and chancel added in 1856-7 by John Hicks and Thomas Hardy. C12 south doorway reset in C15 church. Hammer-dressed limestone with Ham stone ashlar dressings. Pitched stone slate roof to nave, tiles to chancel, lean-to over aisles. Moulded plinth and eaves cornices. Parapet to aisle roofs, crenellated along south side and around vestry. Buttress, with set-backs, very fine grotesques on the eaves cornice, and crocketed pinnacles placed diagonally above each buttress. Perpendicular tracery in all windows. Tower with moulded plinth, 2 strings, eaves cornice and crenellated parapet. Polygonal stair tower at north east corner. Angle buttresses with set backs, gargoyles at the eaves cornice and crocketed pinnacles placed diagonally above each. Upper stage has tall bell openings with transoms and Perpendicular tracery. Pitch-roofed porch to south doorway, which is a re-set pointed arch with 2 orders of zig-zag and 1 order of foliage. Many monuments of which the following are outstanding. 2 C14 effigies of recumbent knights (presumably reset) in window embrasures of south chapel. 1 C14 tomb chest (presumably reset) in chancel north wall; quartrefoil-panelled front, cusped ogee arched recess with flanking crocketed pinnacles. Sarcophagus of Sir John and Lady Williams of Herringstone (1617) in north chapel: canopy taken on Corinthian columns with mound arched centre. Semi-reclining effigy of Denzil, Lord Holles,in north aisle: gadrooned sarcophagus in curtained, aedicule flanked by weeping putti (similarities between this and the Strode monument of 1698 at Beaminster,and the Digby monument of 1698 at Sherborne suggest Nost as a possible sculptor).
Jacobean wooden pulpit. Reredos (1894-7) by C E Ponting of Marlborough. Royal Arms with "CR" monogram under tower. Victorian benches and tiles in chancel. Iron railings and gates with spear finials and elaborate open-work iron piers.

Nos 48 to 65A (consec) including the Shire Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Museum, St Peter's Church and Monument to William Barnes in church yard immediately south of West Tower form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6925090750

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.