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Church of St Andrew, Melcombe Horsey

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 104880

OS Grid Reference: ST7727402083
OS Grid Coordinates: 377274, 102083
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8178, -2.3240

Location: Melcombe Horsey, Dorset DT2 7PZ

Locality: Melcombe Horsey
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 7PZ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Bingham's Melcombe deserted village, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


10/150 26-1-56 Church of St Andrew


Parish church, largely mid C14, upper stage of tower and rebuilding
of south chapel, C15, restoration and partial rebuilding of chancel
1844. Mainly flint and rubble walls with ashlar dressings. Nave
and chancel have tiled roofs with stone copings bearing finials.
South chapel roof is stone slated, north chapel roof hidden behind
parapet. Plan: nave, chancel, west tower, north chapel and south
chapel incorporating porch. Tower: 2 stages separated by strings,
the upper one having north gargoyle; hollow-chamfered plinth;
embattled parapet; diagonal and square set buttresses; vice turret
with pyramidal stone roof; 3-light reticulted west window under
2-centred head with returned label; bell openings of 2-lights under
2-centred heads with pierced stone panels. Most windows are of 2 or
3-ogee headed, trefoiled lights unde square heads. East chancel window
similar to west window but of the C19. South nave window of 3-lights
with panel tracery under a square head, with label having stops with
carved initials. South chapel south window has shallow triangular head
and is of 3-lights with panel tracery and a label with carved head
stops. South chapel east window of 3-lights with panel tracery under a
2-centred head. South porch has a segmental pointed door of 2
chamfered orders. The south nave door has a chamfered, 4-centred head
with continuous jambs. Interior features: chapel and tower arches
are 2-centred with 2 chamfered orders and flat responds; chancel arch
is of the C19 with a flat soffit and jambs,the imposts being formed
of reused window mullions; wooden chapel screen dated 1619; C18
fielded wooden pulpit with cornice; C17 turned communion rails; some
benches possibly C16 restored; c 1200 round stone font on C20 base;
cinqufoiled ogee headed niche in porch; C18, C19 and C20 monuments;
some early glass; south chapel and nave have C19 waggon roofs; chancel
has arch-braced collar roof; north chapel has flat boarded roof; some
possibly C16 tiles; stoup in east jamb of south doorway; various reset
fragments of medieval carving.
RCHM, Dorset, vol III, pp 161-3, no 1. Newman J and Pevsner N, The
Buildings of England: Dorset, Penguin 1972, p 278.

Listing NGR: ST7727502082

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

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