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Description: Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 31 July 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 104830
OS Grid Reference: ST6351005102
OS Grid Coordinates: 363510, 105102
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8443, -2.5196
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ST 60 NW HILFIELD
4/107 31-7-61 Church of St Nicholas
Parish Church, perhaps late C13 or early C14 origin, rebuilt C15 and
extensively restored 1848. Restoration by R I Withers of Sherborne.
Banded rubble and flint with rough ashlar dressings. Chancel has stone
slated roof, nave is tiled. Gable ends with stone copings bearing
cross finials. Ashlar bell-cote between nave and chancel. Plan: nave
and chancel. Chancel: all windows probably Cl9; east window of 3
trefoiled lights under a "centred head with label having carved head
stops; north and south windows of 2 trefoiled lights with quatrefoils;
north door with chamfered, 2-centred head and continuous jambs. Nave,
north wall has 2 C17 2-round-headed light windows with square heads to
the west and a similar C19 single light window east; south wall has
similar 2-light windows and a blocked west opening; early C14 west
window of 2 pointed lights under a 2-centred head; C19, 2 centred,
moulded west door with continuous jambs. Internal features: chancel
arch id 2 centred with 2 chamfered orders, the outer continuous with
the jambs and the inner dying into the responds, probably Cl9 collar-
braced roofs with moulded wall plates; pulpit C19 but incorporating
some C15 panels; painted black letter inscription of the Lord's Prayer
on north nave wall; pews with elaborate carved bench ends depicting
scenes from the Life of Christ etc (difficult to date, either C17 or
C19); angel corbels reset in nave; pulpit probably C20 with octagonal
stone bowl on cluster of 4 shafts with moulded capitals and bases;
linenfold panelling behind altar; C19 encaustic tiles in chancel.
RCHM, Dorset, vol I, p 123, no 1.
Listing NGR: ST6351005102
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