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Parish Church of St Martin, Cheselbourne

Description: Parish Church of St Martin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106230

OS Grid Reference: SY7621699586
OS Grid Coordinates: 376216, 99586
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7953, -2.3388

Location: Robins Garden, Cheselbourne, Dorset DT2 7NJ

Locality: Cheselbourne
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 7NJ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Medieval Standing Cross 6m North East of St Martin's Church, 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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Listing Text


ST 79 NE

5/42 Parish of St


Parish church. Nave and south aisle late C13. Chancel, early C14. West
tower, mid C15 and the chancel arch rebuilt at that time. North aisle and
north porch added late C15. South porch built c1500. Restorations in 1874
and 1924. Flint walls with ashlar dressings and occasional bonding courses
of squared rubble. Roofs of clay-tiles,stone-slates and lead. Chancel, C14
east window of three graduated lancets with trefoil cusping with moulded
outer label and segmental rear arch. North wall, two windows with a blocked
C14 doorway between them. South wall contains two 2-light windows (RCHM for
details). Two squints into the chancel. West tower, mid C15, heightened
later in 15th century. 3 stages, divided by weathered strings. West window
is of 3 trefoil-headed lights with large quatrefoil tracery in a 2-centred
head, with 4-centred hollow-chamfered rear arch. W wall of second stage has
a plain single light with a square head, each wall of the 3rd stage has a
casement moulded belfry window of two trefoil ogee-headed lights with a
quatrefoil in a pointed head. The lower half of each belfry window is
closed by a pierced stone screen decorated with quatrefoils. North aisle,
north wall towards the east end a large 2-centred window of 3
cinquefoil-headed lights with vertical tracery beneath label with square
stops. North doorway, moulded 4-centred head, with the mouldings continuing
down the jambs to shaped stops. West of this, a square headed window of two
cinquefoil ogee-headed lights under vertical tracery, with a moulded label
with return stops; all late OS openings. North porch, late C15. South
aisle, C13, with C15 window insertion, (RCHM). Nave, with irregular
arcades. N arcade dates from latter C15, and consists of 2 pointed arches,
each of two hollow-chamfered orders and springing from an octagonal central
pier with a moulded cap and hollow-chamfered base. S arcade: central pier
and the narrow pointed arch west of it, late C13; circular pier, with
moulded capital and base of Purbeck marble. The adjacent respond to the
west is a similar half pier with pointed arch. Pointed eastern arch has
much greater height and span (RCHM for details). Fittings: font octagonal
straight-sided Purbeck marble bowl with chamfered under-edge and 2 slightly
sunk lancet headed recesses to each face; shaped octagonal stem with
chamfered base; sockets for circular shafts; bowl and base c1200, stem c
C15. Piscinae in chancel and south aisle, C15 and c1500. Screen: in tower
arch, oak, centre opening and a bay on either side in 2 heights, C16 made up
with C20 material. Stair: in west tower, late medieval (RCHM). Pulpit:
octagonal, oak, with 6 panelled sides in two heights with moulded framing,
lower panels plain, upper panels fielded and with strapwork, c1630, stone
base C20. Sundials: above south porch arch, rectangular stone slab with
Roman numerals, inscribed HC 1631 WM, with wrought iron gnomon. For
monuments and floor slabs, see RCHM p75, col 2. (RCHM Dorset III, p74(1))

Listing NGR: SY7621699587

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Source: English Heritage

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