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Church of St Mary, Sturminster Marshall

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 March 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 107675

OS Grid Reference: SY9131798933
OS Grid Coordinates: 391317, 98933
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7899, -2.1245

Locality: Sturminster Marshall
Local Authority: East Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT11 9EP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Remains of Medieval Standing Cross Adjacent to St Mary's Church, Almer, 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

9/50 Church of St Mary
- I
Parish church. C12 nave and north arcade, C14 rebuilding of the north
aisle, west tower of C15, south wall of nave and south porch C18 (1720),
chancel rebuilt late C19, restoration of 1908. Walls of ironstone rubble
(some flintwork) with large quoins, bands of limestone, ironstone ashlar of
small (chancel) and large (nave) blocks, with limestone dressings; plinth,
eaves moulding to part. Tile roof, with stone slates to the lower courses.
The nave south wall has two round-headed windows with a simple architrave
and key; the north aisle wall is mainly C14 with three windows (2 of the
C14), and the west end shows earlier masonry and the remains of a north
door; the chancel has a window to each wall of C14 style. The tower is of
two (external) stages, with a crenellated parapet and corner pinnacles,
coupled traceried openings to the bell stage, and a lower window on the west
face, plinth, weathered band and moulded band below the parapet. The south
porch contains a re-set Norman doorway. Inside, the Norman arcade has round
arches on cylindrical columns, with scalloped caps and square bases; the
tall tower arch has two moulded orders, the Purbeck font (c1400) has an
octagonal bowl with coupled arches to each face, supported on a narrow
column, which rests on a C13 inverted bowl (itself re-cut). The fittings
are 1908, but there is a Royal Coat of Arms of George III, 1800, and a small
inscribed brass of 1517. RCHM

Listing NGR: SY9132098931

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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