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Description: Parish Church of St Osmund
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105913
OS Grid Reference: SY7241982980
OS Grid Coordinates: 372419, 82980
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6459, -2.3914
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SY 7282 OSMINGTON CHURCH LANE
Parish Church of
26.1.56 St Osmund
Parish Church. C15 west tower. Most of the rest of the church rebuilt
in 1846, retaining the medieval chancel arch and north arcade. Goodhart-
Rendel ascribed the design to Benjamin Ferrey. Coursed and squared
rubblestone walls. Window dressings of Ham Hill. Slate roofs. West
tower of two stages externally and 3 storeys internally with a projecting
vice. Angle buttresses to the east which project into the nave, and
diagonal buttresses to the west. West window of 3 lights with restored
mullions and moulded vertical tracery in a pointed head with label and
stops. Top stage has in each wall a 2 light window with blind tracery
in a pointed head under a moulded label. C15 doorway to the vice in
north wall has a restored, chamfered head. Nave: has a north arcade
of four two centred arches of two chamfered orders, the piers have four
engaged shafts with moulded capitals and bases, separated by hollow chamfers,
c.1300. The south arcade is a copy of the north arcade. The north
aisle, rebuilt in 1846 with old storework for walling, and new windows,
two stage buttresses. North windows are of 2 cinquefoiled lights
with a quatrefoil and pierced spandrels in a pointed head with a label.
South aisle, similar in design and date. South door has chamfered
jambs and pointed head. South porch as an outer two centred archway
with continuous moulded jambs. Chancel has 2 stage buttresses at the
eastern corners. East window of 3 lights with vertical tracery in a
pointed head with label. South doorway. Interior: chancel arch is
two centred and of two chamfered orders. To the west the outer order
springs from engaged shafts with moulded bases, scalloped capitals and
chamfered abaci, c.1200. Tower arch, two centred and of two wave
moulded orders, with inner order dying into the jambs. Roofs: nave has
arch braced collar beam trusses springing from stone corbels. Chancel
has king post trusses with arch braces springing from stone corbels, and hind
braces. Fittings: font, square stone bowl with sunk arched panels in
each side, cylindrical stem with four smaller shafts on restored base,
c.1200. Coffin lid in floor of nave, with cross in low relief, C14. Benefactors
table, tower, painted panel of the charity of Mrs S Toogood 1826.
Monuments and floor slabs, numerous, see R.C.H.M. (R.C.H.M. Dorset II,
p. 179 (1)).
Listing NGR: SY7241982980
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Source: English Heritage
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