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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 18 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 107431
OS Grid Reference: ST9955617304
OS Grid Coordinates: 399556, 117304
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9552, -2.0077
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ST 9917 HIGH STREET
12/95 Church of St Mary
Parish church, chancel early C14, tower C14 but rebuilt, porch C14,
chancel door 1721, remainder of church 1877 by Crickmay. Banded ashlar
and flint with ashlar dressings, tiled roofs with gable stone copings.
Plan: nave, chancel, north and south aisles, west tower, north organ
chamber, north vestry, south porch. West tower: 4 stages separated by
weathered strings; embattled parapet with crocketted finials; diagonal
buttresses to lower stages; polygonal south vice turret; C19 pointed,
3-light west window with curvilinear tracery; 2-light, pointed belfry
windows with pointed heads, Perpendicular tracery and returned labels.
North aisle: north wall has C19, 3-light square-headed windows with
returned labels, separated by buttresses; west wall has C19 3-light
window with pointed head and curvilinear tracery. Vestry has C19
rosette over 3 lancets. South aisle: west window similar to that of
north aisle; south wall windows C19, of 3-lights under pointed heads,
separated by buttresses, the left having intersecting tracery and the
right reticulated tracery. Chancel; early C14, pointed 2-light north
and south windows of 2-lights with quatrefoil heads; C14, pointed east
window of 3 lights with reticulated tracery; dated south door with
chamfered round head and continuous jambs. South porch: pointed arch
of 2 chamfered orders; barrel vaulted stone roof with chamfered ribs
supported by external buttresses. Reset C15 south door with 4-centred
head and square surround.
Internal features: 3-bay pointed arcades with flat soffits on round
columns with moulded caps and bases; C19 pointed, moulded chancel
arch; tower arch of 2 chamfered orders dying into responds; segmental
pointed organ chamber arch of 2 chamfered orders; C19 collar-truss with
turned collars and king-posts to nave; arch braced collar and tie-beam
trusses to aisles; barrel roof to chancel; C19 with panelled square sides
on cylindrical pier with 4 side shafts and C17 cover; C19 round stone
pulpit with fleuron decoration; C12 reset image of Christ in Majesty;
reset C17 canopied table-tomb to John Alie and family; other reset
C17 to C20 monuments; C19 glass; other features largely C19. (RCHM,
Dorset, vol V, p 64/5, no. 1. Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings
of England, Dorset, 1972, p 392).
Listing NGR: ST9955617304
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Source: English Heritage
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