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Church of St Martin, Wareham Town

Description: Church of St Martin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 108022

OS Grid Reference: SY9221987697
OS Grid Coordinates: 392219, 87697
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6889, -2.1115

Location: B3075, Worth Matravers, Dorset BH20 4AF

Locality: Wareham Town
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH20 4AF

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There is also a scheduled monument, 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

07-MAY-52 (East side)


Revision Number: 2

(East Side)
Church of St Martin
SY 9287 1/2 7.5.52.
Chancel and nave pre-Conquest (probably C11). North aisle and north arcade circa
1200. West ends of nave and north aisle late C15. Porch and south tower C16,
top of tower rebuilt 1712. Whole church restored 1935-6.
Purbeck rubble. Long and short quoins at north-east and south-east angles of
chancel, and at north-east angle of nave. Pitched Purbeck stone slate roofs.
Principal features are: chancel arch, semi-circular, with roll-moulded soffit,
and half-circular hood mould which may have run down to ground level. Arcade
was taken on a pier of 4 detached Purbeck shafts, replaced in C18 by a single
pier with 4 attached polygonal shafts at corners: responds with 2 detached Purbeck
shafts and crocket capitals: semi-circular arches. South window of nave (circa
1330) has 2 lights and cusped reticulated tracery. Tower has saddleback roofs
panel over south door inscribed "Richard Coole Edward Benet Chorch Ward Ans 1712."
Remarkable C12 wall paintings on north wall of chancel. C13 Painted decoration
also on north wall of chancel, and on chancel arch, together with C16/C17 black
letter bible. C15 Painted decoration on east wall of chancel. C16/C17 black
letter inscription "Let every lawe be subject unto a higher power for there is
no power but of God Rom" and parts of the Decalogue on east wall of nave, together
with C15 painted decoration. Achievement of Royal Arms and another Decalogue (1713)
overlies all this. North arcade has painted inscription to memory of Mr Robert
Carruthers (1799) and his family. West wall has fragment of C15 black letter
inscription. South wall has painted Creed, early C18. Effigy of T E Lawrence,
by Eric Kennington.
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Listing NGR: SY9221887697

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Source: English Heritage

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