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Parish Church of St Nicholas, Sandford Orcas

Description: Parish Church of St Nicholas

Grade: I
Date Listed: 31 July 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 105662

OS Grid Reference: ST6223821049
OS Grid Coordinates: 362238, 121049
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9876, -2.5394

Location: Dark Lane, Sandford Orcas, Dorset DT9 4SB

Locality: Sandford Orcas
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT9 4SB

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Listing Text

ST 6220 -
15/120 Parish Church of
31.7.61 St Nicholas
Parish Church. C14 chancel. Nave and south chapel rebuilt C15. West
tower and south porch added C15. North aisle added 1871, when church
restored. Caused rubble-stone walls. Stone slate roofs with stone
gable-copings, and crosses at apices. Chancel has a C15 east window
of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a 2-centred head.
Moulded label and head stops. C14 trefoiled rear arch. North wall
has 2 early C14 windows, eastern of 2 trefoiled ogee lights, with a
quatrefoil in a pointed head. Label over. West window is a single
pointed light with a label. South wall has 2 windows similar to the
north-east window. Early C14 doorway has chamfered jambs, pointed arch
and label. Nave of 3 bays, with one bay of south chapel. South chapel
has a C15 east window of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in
a pointed head. Moulded reveals and label. South wall has a C15 window
of 4 cinquefoiled lights in a square head with moulded reveals. The
west wall has a partly restored doorway. South porch has a C15 outer
archway with double responds, moulded capitals and bases. Inner doorway
has bracket-moulded jambs, stopped. Plank-and-muntin door, with strap
hinges, C19. West Tower: 3 storeys, with an embattled parapet and
gargoyles. The west doorway has moulded jambs and 2-carved arch in a
square head, foliage spandrels and one remaining head-stop. West window
of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a pointed head.
Bell-chamber has windows of 2 trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil in a
pointed head. Label and head-stops. North aisle, 3 three-light, windows
with buttresses, between, and diagonal corner buttresses. Interior: north
arcade has respond-shafted piers, foliage capitals and pointed arches.
Moulded tower-arch springs from moulded responds. Roof, of nave: arch-
braced collar construction carried on stone corbels, C19. Chancel, C19
pointed wagon roof. South chapel: compartmented ceiling having fleurons
with quatrefoil surrounds. Chancel-arch, C15 much restored. Fittings:
font, round stone bowl with rounded underside, bowl enriched with large
vertical flutings, finished with a scalloped edge, moulded necking,
cylindrical stem and base, C13. Piscinae, chancel C13. South chapel,
C15. Screen: in tower-arch, 3 bays including central doorway, oak, C15.
Monuments: in south chapel, to Knoyle, Hutchings and Medlicott families,
especially that to William Knoyle 1607-8, painted alabaster wall-monument.
Communion Table, C17. (RCHM, Dorset I, p 194(1)).

Listing NGR: ST6223921046

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Source: English Heritage

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