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Description: Church of Saint Michael
Date Listed: 10 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 106309
OS Grid Reference: SY7113390993
OS Grid Coordinates: 371133, 90993
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7178, -2.4103
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SY 79 SW
8/121 Church of Saint
Anglican Parish Church. C13 origin, tower C14, south aisle C15, north aisle
C17. Restored, end vestry added in C19. Rubble stone walls, chancel and
nave roofs slated, vestry stone slated, all with coped gables. Flat roofs
with parapets to aisles. Nave, north and south aisles of 2 bays, chancel
with vestry on north, west tower. Tower of 2 stages, with diagonal
buttresses at base. Plain parapet, string courses at parapet base and
junction of 2 stages. Plain rectangular belfry lights. West door with
moulded pointed arch; shallow square recess left of this. Above door, to
right, carved stone figure of Saint Michael, probably Saxon. South aisle
has battlemented parapet. Moulded string course below, with carved
gargoyles. Two 3-light square headed windows with Perpendicular tracery.
Pointed arched east window, with Perpendicular tracery. South wall of
chancel has blocked doorway. Small lancet at west end. Two 2-light pointed
arched windows with Perpendicular tracery. East window, C19, with
Perpendicular tracery. North wall has pointed arched window with
Perpendicular tracery. In north vestry wall a 2-light square header window
with cusped lights. North aisle has plain parapet. Two 3-light square
headed windows with Perpendicular tracery. Internally: walls plastered.
Chancel has a waggon roof, unplastered, with deep plaster moulded cornice.
Chancel arch, C13, with continuous deep roll mouldings, - no shafts or
capitals. South of the arch a passage to the nave, and small lancet,
lighting former rood stair. South arcade, C13, has moulded round arches,
and piers with attached shafts with stiff leaf caps. Trefoiled piscina in
aisle. North arcade, originally C13, with similar arches, but piers rebuilt
or altered clumsily in C19. On north aisle wall, monument to Audeley and
Margaret Grey, 1723, with Corinthian pilasters supporting entablature and
crest. On west wall of aisle, monument to George Pitt, 1784, surmounted by
carved bust. Late medieval stained glass in aisle windows. Tower arch,
C14, has shafts with moulded caps. Nave roof, C19, arch braced. C12 square
font with arcaded bowl. The "Mellstock Church" of Thomas Hardy's novels.
(RCHM Monument 1 Dorset Vol II)
Listing NGR: SY7113690993
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