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Description: Parish Church (Dedication Unknown)
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 105986
OS Grid Reference: SY7165488308
OS Grid Coordinates: 371654, 88308
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6937, -2.4027
There is also a scheduled monument, Medieval Settlement Remains at Whitcombe, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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SY 78 NW WHITCOMBE
6/94 Parish Church
Parish Church. C12 nave, with some later refacing and C18
rebuilding of south wall, east of porch. C15 chancel rebuilt, with
reset cast window. South porch built. C16, west tower. Squared Portland
rubble stone with dressings of Portland ashlar and some Ham Hill
stone. Clay tile roofs with stone slates at eaves. Nave, not
structurally divided from chancel. North wall east has remains
of narrow rood stair of C15, west of this a C14 window with 2 uncusped
lights in a square head, with segmental pointed rere arch.
Blocked C12 doorway with a plain semi circular head and moulded
imposts. South wall: C12 south doorway is similar to that on the
north, though a lower arch has been built below the original rere arch.
West of the porch the walling is thicker and has been refaced in
C15, it incorporates a C15 window of two trefoiled lights similar
to that in south wall of chancel. East of the porch, wall rebuilt
in C18, and contains a 2 light timber window of this date. The C12
south doorway is similar to that on north, with lower arch built
below the original rere arch. Chancel: chamfered plinth on north
and south sides. East wall has a restored and reset late C13
window of 3 graduated lancets under a two centred label with beast
head stops. South wall has a C15 window of two trefoiled lights in a
square head. North wall has a similar C15 window, and a blocked C15
doorway with 4 centred chamfered lintel at rear. West tower, C16,
three storeys divided externally into two stages, moulded plinth and
embattled parapet, with two stage diagonal buttresses. South side
has a three sided projection for the tower vice. Tower windows, see
R.C.H.M. 375, col.2. Interior: roofs: chancel roof is C19. Nave
has a plain plaster ceiling, with canted sides, roof was originally
of a lower pitch, see weathering stones on east side of tower.
Fittings: font, Purbeck marble, octagonal bowl, each face with a two
two centred arched panels, circular stem with 4 detached circulat shafts
of later date, octagonal base, early C13. Paintings
(1) north wall of nave, St Christopher, nimbed and bearded, with
Child seated on left shoulder and in background, mermaid with comb and
glass, C15, traces of black letter inscription. (2) arcading of
7 bays with trefoiled and crocketed triangular heads in yellow
and red outline divided by shafts and caps in red, enclosing faint
traces of figure painting, C14. Painted conservation cross in yellow
with red background and border. Carved fragments: two fragments of
cross shaftes, carved with interlace panels, C10. Communion Table:
The Giueft of A M Wedo: D:S:E:H: 1637. South doorway, C17. The church
has important wall paintings and stone sculpture. (R.C.H.M. Dorset
II, p.375 (1)).
Listing NGR: SY7165588308
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