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Description: Church of St Martin, Incuding Churchyard Boundary Wall
Date Listed: 31 July 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 106093
OS Grid Reference: ST6295012709
OS Grid Coordinates: 362950, 112709
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9127, -2.5284
There is also a scheduled monument, Fishpond, 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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ST 61 SW LOWER LILLINGTON
2/75 Church of Saint
31.7.61 Martin, including
Anglican Parish Church. C13 origin, chancel and tower C15, porch C17, south
chapel C18. Restored 1848, architect Withers of Sherborne. Rubble stone walls,
stone slate roofs with coped gables to chancel and porch. Nave, chancel, north
porch, south chapel (used as vestry), west tower. Tower of 3 stages, has square
stair turret on north. Battlemented parapet with pinnacles - some missing.
String course at base of parapet with angle gargoyles. Diagonal buttresses.
String courses at each stage; moulded plinth. Belfry windows of 2 lights, with
Perpendicular tracery and pierced stone panels. In centre stage, rectangular
window in south wall. West window of 3 lights, with Perpendicular tracery.
West door in 4-centred arch in square frame, with hoodmould. In south wall
of nave a C13 2-light window with plate tracery. In south wall of vestry a
single-light window with trefoiled head. North and south walls of chancel
each have a C15 2-light square-headed window with hoodmould and cinquefoiled
lights. Buttresses at east end of chancel. Restored C15 2-light east window,
with Perpendicular tracery. In north wall of nave, east of porch a C15 3-light
window with hoodmould and Perpendicular tracery. Small rectangular window west
of porch. Porch, C17, has round-arched doorway. Inner doorway has pointed
arch and a C15 oak battened door. Stone consecration crosses cut on several
windows. These described as medieval by RCHM, but include one on the C17
north-west nave window and one on the C18 south chapel window. Internal walls
plastered. Chancel has a plastered pointed barrel ceiling. Several C18 and
early C19 wall tablets. Consecration cross on south wall. Chancel arch
segmental pointed, with circular shafts. Nave has a C15 pointed waggon roof
with plastered panels, moulded ribs and carved bosses. Good C18 monument on
south wall. Tower arch C15, with panelled soffite and continuous mouldings.
Font, C15, octagonal, with quatrefoil panelled sides and C17 oak cover. Pews
and pulpit C19. Churchyard wall of rubble stone, with flat coping. An
attractive small church, interior enhanced by limewashing in medieval manner.
(RCHM Monument 1. (Dorset. Vol.1))
Listing NGR: ST6294912712
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Source: English Heritage
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