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Parish Church of St Peter, West Knighton

Description: Parish Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 October 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 105965

OS Grid Reference: SY7324287623
OS Grid Coordinates: 373242, 87623
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6876, -2.3801

Location: West Knighton, Dorset DT2 8FW

Locality: West Knighton
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 8FW

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Listing Text


6/73 Parish Church of
St Peter

Parish Church, C12 church of which only the chancel arch, adjacent
walling and parts of nave north wall survive. C13, chancel rebuilt
and nave lengthened towards west south arcade and aisle added,
lower part of-west tower built. C14, north porch added, and
subsequently rebuilt. C15, nave heightened and windows inserted in
the north wall, upper part of the tower completed. C16 enlargement
of south aisle to form south chapel. C18, west part of the aisle destroyed
and arches blocked. Church restored in 1893-4, under Thomas
Hardy's supervision, when vestry probably added. Stone rubble walls with
some flint. Roofs of stone slates, lead and tiles. Chancel
plinth on the east wall only. East window is probably C14 with
mullions and tracery removed. North wall has a doorway with chamfered
two centred head and chamfered jambs; single small lancet. Nave has
at the east end of the north wall a shallow C12 buttress, wall
heightened above weathered offset and moulded string. West of the porch
a projecting base course indicates probably extent of C12 nave. C17
rebuilding of north wall and C13 west wall with later buttress
hiding the junction. A C15 window east of porch has 3 lights with
restored panel tracery. A similar window to the west is reset and
restored. The south arcade has four segmental pointed arches, of two
chamfered orders, carried on circular piers with moulded capitals and
chamfered bases. The doorway has a restored four centred head. The
south chapel has a north arcade of two round arches springing from
a chamfered rectangular pier and responds with chamfered imposts.
East wall has a C13 lancet. South wall has a C16 window of 3 uncusped
pointed lights in a square head. West wall has been rebuilt in flint,
with a reset C13 lancet. West tower: divided externally into 3 stages
by strings, and has a plain parapet with moulded coping. West wall has
a restored lancet. Second stage has in each wall a window of two
trefoiled lights with pierced spandrels in a square head. East wall has
the weathering for former steeper nave roof, before the nave was
heightened. North porch: outer doorway with chamfered arched head
and continuous jambs with a flat lintel behind the arch. Interior:
roofs, to the south chapel a flat ceiling, C18. Chancel and nave roofs
are of 1893-4 heavy king post construction with queen struts. Fittings:
brackets, in nave NE and SE corners moulded stone brackets for rood beam,
one with roll moulding and carved palmette, other plain, C13.
Wall monuments: chancel south wall grey marble table on moulded
stone panel, to Elizabeth wife of Richard Warde, 1635. Nave shield
sloped black marble tablet to John Adair Hawkins, 1842, and Jane his
wife, 1863. Painting nave east wall Jehovah within a rayed
triangle, early C18. (R.C.H.M. Dorset II, p.136 (1)).

Listing NGR: SY7324487623

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Source: English Heritage

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