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Church of St Michael and All Angels, Colehill

Description: Church of St Michael and All Angels

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 30 October 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 107627

OS Grid Reference: SU0247701213
OS Grid Coordinates: 402477, 101213
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8105, -1.9662

Location: Smugglers' Lane, Colehill, Dorset BH21 7AW

Locality: Colehill
Local Authority: East Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH21 7AW

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There is also a scheduled monument, A Bell Barrow and a Bowl Barrow at St Michael's Middle School 60m West of the School Buildings, 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.

Explore more of the area around Colehill, Dorset at Explore Britain.

Listing Text

5/1 Church of St Michael
and All Angels
- II*
Parish Church. 1893-5; an Arts and Crafts design by W D Caroe. Wall of
brickwork in English bond, with plinth, moulded cill band (stepped to the
east and west windows), narrow buttresses with steep steps, four-centred
arches; the upper part of the nave and vestry walls are timber framed, with
decorative struttings, with plaster infill. Tile roof. The plan resembles
Saxon Breamore (10 miles to the north east), in having a central tower with
narrower lower arms projecting from it: in this case the tower holds the
choir and the short eastern arm is the sanctuary, the northern arm holds the
organ and a staircase turret (with outside access), the southern arm is the
vestry. The nave of five bays is the western arm, which is wider than the
tower and in addition has a south aisle and porch. The exterior is
dominated by the tower, with its pyramid roof, having dormers on the north
and south sides, timber framing of the bell stage, high level but small
arched windows, buttresses to the east and south faces, and stair turret
with its separate pyramid roof. There is a single arch to the high east
window (of 3 lights) and triple arches (the centre higher) at the west. The
north wall of the nave has four large wood windows, each of triple lights
with 'Tudor' details; the south wall has a lower eaves and smaller windows,
the facade being varied by the gables of the porch, the coupled dormers and
the (set back) vestry. Inside, the tower has high east and west arches, a
low north arch, and coupled south arches, the light coming from the upper
windows in the east and south walls. The nave appears as an elegant barn,
with the bays formed by arch braced trusses, collars, king posts, plain
pillars (linked by cambered beams) and braced framing above the aisles. All
the furnishings are in style, and include a reredos, altar rail, pulpit,
lectern, seating, and screens separating the vestry; there is an alabaster
font with decorated bowl on a baluster and a statue of St Michael on a
bracket at the east end of the 'arcade'. An unaltered period piece.

Listing NGR: SU0247701213

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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