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Description: Parish Church of St Osmund
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 105771
OS Grid Reference: ST5724904500
OS Grid Coordinates: 357249, 104500
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8384, -2.6085
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ST 5704 FORE STREET
7/24 Parish Church of
Parish Church. C12 chancel-arch reset, and tower-arch. C15 north arcade, and
tower rebuilt. Church restored and largely rebuilt in 1852-3, and in 1864 by
R H Short, when chancel, nave, north aisle and upper part of the tower were
rebuilt. Ham stone plinth, coursed dressed stone walls with ashlar Ham stone
quoins. Tiled roofs, with stone gable-copings and C19 crosses at apices.
West tower, 3 stages, diagonal buttresses and bell-chamber are C19. West
doorway with moulded jambs, depressed-arch head, and label stopped, C19.
Panel-tracery window over, C19. Bell-stage windows with stone tracery, C15
reset. Stair-turret. C15, with C19 top and spirelet. Chancel, C19, diagonal
buttresses with set-offs, gargoyles, pinnacles and crocketed finials, stone
parapet with blind panel tracery above a fleuron cornice. East window of
3 lights, with ogee trefoil cusping, supermullions, and quatrefoil in roundel
over centre light. Ogival crocketed label with foliage boss. North and south
windows are of 3 lights, with panel tracery over, C19. North and south aisles
overlap the west tower, 4 bays, 3-light trefoil-cusped windows with panel tracery
over, and quatrefoil in roundel at centre. South doorway into south aisle with
moulded jambs having fleurons. Inscription is carved stone letters painted: This
is None Other but y House of God and this the Gate of Heaven". Corbelled-out stone
canopy, gabled and with stone cross at apex. North aisle: C19, with windows similar
to south aisle. Interior: Chancel-arch, C12, reset in north aisle entrance to
organ chamber, shafted responds have tall scallop capitals, pointed arch over.
Tower-arch, C12, plain jambs and chamfered imposts, pointed arch of 2 chamfered
orders with sunk quadrant between. Nave: 3 bays with pointed arches springing
from shafted piers and round capitals, north arcade, C15; south arcade C19. Roofs:
Nave, collar-truss roof with 4-centred arch-bracing carried on carved angel-corbels.
King-posts above the collar. Chancel-roof of same design, though with ornamental
wall-plate. Mid C19. Fittings: font: stone round bowl with moulded band and convex
into the cylindrical stem and hollow-chamfered base, C13. Piscina, in south aisle,
C15 reset. Brass, reset in chancel to William (Grey), Rector, 1524-5. Latin
inscription and figure of priest in mass-vestments holding chalice and wafer.
Seating: nave and tower, 2 coffin-stools with turned legs, early C18. Loose in
vestry: stone capital with carved figure of man with key (? St Peter), late C12.
Communion rails, gilded with spiral posts and foliage under the rail, C19. Reredos
of 1880. (RCHM. Dorset, p.108 (1))
Listing NGR: ST5724904500
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