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Parish Church of St Michael, Over Compton

Description: Parish Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 July 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 105634

OS Grid Reference: ST5946316894
OS Grid Coordinates: 359463, 116894
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9500, -2.5784

Location: Compton Road, Over Compton, Dorset DT9 4QN

Locality: Over Compton
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT9 4QN

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Listing Text

14/92 Parish Church of
31.7.61 St Michael
Parish Church. Nave rebuilt C15. West tower, early C15. North chapel
(Goodden pew) added in 1776 by Robert Goodden. He extensively restored
the church in 1821-2, adding the north vestry and the baptistery. Chancel
extensively restored in 1877. Ashlar stone walls. Clay-tile roofs (nave),
and stone slate roof (chancel). Stone gable-copings with rolls. Nave has
C15 windows, each of 3 cinquefoiled lights in a square head, with a label
and returned stops; the eastern window of the south wall has head-stops.
West tower, of 3 stages with an embattled parapet, pinnacles and gargoyles.
West doorway has moulded jambs and 4-centred arch in a square head, with a
label and head-stops of a king and bishop. The west window is of 3 cinque-
foiled ogee lights with vertical tracery in a pointed-arch head, moulded
reveals and a label. The bell-chamber has in each wall, a window of 2
cinquefoiled lights with a quatrefoil in a 2-centred head, with a label.
Chancel, rebuilt C19. Dressed stone walls with massive buttresses and
set-offs. Stone slate roof with stone gable-coping and cross at apex.
East window, of 3 lights with trefoil-cusped heads and panel-tracery over.
Returned label. South doorway has moulded jambs and pointed head with
label. Plank-and-muntin door. North chapel, roughcast walls and clay-
tiled roof, coped. Buttresses on the east side. North windows, of 3
lights with cinquefoil ogival cusping and panel tracery over, great
casement moulding and separate label. North vestry, off chancel, C19,
with pointed north doorway and plank-and-muntin door. South chapel, rough-
cast walls and tile roof with stone coping. 2-light window, trefoil-cusped
and quatrefoil in head. Interior: roofs have compartmented barrel-vaults
with carved call bosses at the intersections, stone angel corbels, C15.
Fittings: Font, octagonal bowl with quatrefoil panels, initials and date
N. B., C, W. 1620 on rim. Pulpit hexagonal with moulded framing and
enriched cornice panelled sides, C17, and reader's pew, C17. Monuments:
in north chapel to Goodden family, notably to Robert Goodden 1828, white
marble standing figure on a pedestal, possibly by Flaxman. To Robert Goodden,
1764, and Abigail his wife, erected by their son Robert in 1777, black-and-
white marble wall monument. Numerous monuments to Gooddens and Bicknells in
north chapel and south chapel (baptistery). Five hatchments in N. chapel and
nave. Communion table, with turned legs and enriched top rails, C17.
(RCHM, Dorset i, p 103(1)).

Listing NGR: ST5945816895

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Source: English Heritage

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