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Description: Parish Church of St Lawrence
Date Listed: 31 July 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 104810
OS Grid Reference: ST6597013270
OS Grid Coordinates: 365970, 113270
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9179, -2.4855
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ST 61 SE FOLKE FOLKE VILLAGE
2/87 31-7-61 Parish Church of
Church, 1628 and restoration 1875 (RCHM). Tower may incorporate some
earlier work. Coursed rubble, with ashlar dressings. Gable ended
stone slate roofs to nave and chancel with stone copings bearing cross
finials. Aisle roofs hidden behind embattled parapets. Plan: west
tower, nave, chancel, north and south aisle with south porch (now
vestry). Very late 'perpendicular' in style (ie gothic survival).
West tower: 2 stages with embattled parapet separated by moulded strings,
the parapet string bearing gargoyles; crocketted corner finials; semi-
circular vice turret; diagonal buttresses (possibly later additions);
blocked semi-circular arch to north; south door of C19 with 2-centred
head; stopped label and continuously moulded jambs; bell chamber has to
each face a single-light window under a 2-centred head with no label
filled with pierced stone panels. North and south aisle and chancel
windows; of charactertic early C17 pattern of 3 square-headed, graduated
lights with stopped, returned labels; each light has a 4-centred head
and the mullions are hollow-chamfered. East and west windows are of a
similar pattern but are of 2-lights both of equal height. The east
chancel windows is of a similar pattern but is of 4-lights, the central
two being raised. The chancel gable bears a trefoil stone panel and
has quarter-round profile kneelers. South porch door has a moulded
round head sprining from moulded imposts below which are moulded jambs.
Chancel door has moulded, semi circular head with square, stopped label
and continuous jambs. The nave door has a moulded 2-centred head,
continuous jambs and a stopped label. Internal features: 3 bay nave
arcades with moulded 2-centred arches and flat, sunken soffits bearing
carved roses, the central arch bearing a pendant; arcades spring from
octagonal piers with moulded dentilled capitals, round headed concave
panels and moulded bases; round chancel arch with flat soffit and
pendant keystone springing from corbels with similar detail to arcades;
2-centred, moulded tower arch; wooden chancel arch screen with scrolls,
Ionic pilasters, pinnacles, strapwork and other carving; similar screen
to north aisle; barrel vault roofs to chancel and nave with carved
bosses, similar flat roofs to aisles; octagonal font, gadrooned with
Vitruvian waves on twisted stem with scrolled wooden cover; octagonal
pulpit with dentilled cornice and reeded panels; turned communion rails;
C17 pews with scalloped bench ends, reeded through styles and interrupted
rails; similar dado panelling in chancel; C18, C19 and C20 monuments
notably to Thomas Chafe and others c 1720.
RCHM, Dorset, vol I, pp 11O-1, no 1, Newman J and Pevsner, N.
The Buildings of England: Dorset. 1972, p 206.
Listing NGR: ST6597213270
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