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Description: Parish Church (St Mary)
Date Listed: 10 January 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 104693
OS Grid Reference: SY3696594391
OS Grid Coordinates: 336965, 94391
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7457, -2.8948
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SY 39 SE CATHERSTON LEWESTON
5/8 Parish Church
Parish Church. 1857-8 by J L Pearson. Commissioned by R L Hildyard,
lord of Catherston Manor. Nave and Chancel; north Vestry; entry by West
door. Knapped chert walls, the cherts fitting closely to make a surface.
Stone for plinths, buttresses, strings, gable copings, cornices, window
tracery. Plain tile roof with copings at west gable, nave/chancel divide
and east end. Copings have gableted kneelers. Stone sanctus bell-cote
over west gable with sunk trefoil and stone cross over. Cross-in-wheel
over middle coping. Small cross with trefoil terminals over east coping.
West elevation: good west doorway with 3 orders of responds, naturalistic
foliage capitals, keeled roll mouldings to pointed arch. Label with
naturalistic foliage stops. West window of 4 lights with geometric
tracery. North elevation: 4 bays. Mullion windows, with geometric
tracery heads. East end has frieze of sunk quatrefoils all round. East
window, 3 light with respond-jambs and sexfoil geometrical tracery over.
Memorial Tablet to R C Hildyard, d 1857 and R H Hildyard, d 1876.
Interior: nave roof of arch-braced construction with high collars. 2 sets
of wind-braces, the lower as ashlaring. Longitudinal ridge-bracing. 5 bays
to roof carried on stone corbels with carved angel-musicians. Chancel-roof,
similar, of 3 bays. Chancel-arch, single responds, naturalistic foliage
capitals, high pointed arch. Chancel East wall: diaper pattern of carved
paterae behind altar and on reredos. Integral reredos of 3 trefoil-
cusped arches on marbled colonettes. Running foliage string-course over.
Credence shelf below north window. Sedilia below south window. Fittings:
Font, Beerstone, with octagonal bowl: scenes from Christ's Ministry.
Latin inscription round bowl and dated 1858. Pulpit, stone, octagonal with
pointed arches in a square panel, carried on marble colonettes. Stained
glass, good in Decorated style, 1858, by Clayton & Bell, East window with
Christ's Passion in 3 scenes. West window: scenes from the life of the
Virgin. Altar-rail with twisted-iron shafts and running foliage spandrels.
Choir-stalls, oak, with 13th century style details. Iron work candelabrum
to priest's desk. "F P Pitfield, Dorset Parish Churches A - D", p 152.
Listing NGR: SY3696594391
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