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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 6 September 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 130347
OS Grid Reference: ST8616594015
OS Grid Coordinates: 386165, 194015
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6448, -2.2013
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BEVERSTON BEVERSTON VILLAGE
ST 89 SE
7/32 Church of St. Mary
Small Anglican church. Norman foundation, probably on Saxon site,
extended c1225 and in 1361 by Thomas Lord Berkeley; restored mid
C19 probably by Lewis Vulliamy and again in late C19. Random
coursed rubble stone with roughcast faced tower, stone slate roof
with coped east verges with saddlestone and cross finials. West
tower, nave with north chapel and south aisle and porch, chancel.
Tower of 2 stages with Perpendicular upper stage above string
course just below belfry level, embattled parapet with crocketed
corner pinnacles, 2-light belfry louvres to top stage on each face,
pointed arch doorway with hoodmould on south side with pre-Conquest
sculpture of figure of Christ above. South aisle, added probably
in C13, has parapet wall and two large C19 Perpendicular 4-light
windows flanking projecting gabled porch with sundial below trefoil
saddlestone and elaborate cross finial, and with Norman inner
doorway with hoodmould carved with inverted crockets and jamb
shafts with crocket capitals. Chancel of C14 has two Decorated 2-
light on south side flanking ogee-headed priest's door with
hoodmould, 3-light east window, and small Norman and Early English
lancets on north side. Berkeley Chapel on north side also of C14.
Interior: 3-bay nave with pointed arcade on south side with
cylindrical piers with trumpet scallop capitals and waterholding
bases, and complex roof design by Vulliamy. Entrance to rood stair
and upper archway remain behind Tudor carved stone pulpit; chancel
screen is largely original C15 timber, restored in C19. Unusual
squint passage from north chapel into chancel of 3 bays with
moulded ridge beam and arched principals and carved ridge bosses.
C13 tomb recess in lower section of south aisle wall containing
medieval octagonal font previously ornamented but altered by
Vulliamy. Several late C17/early C18 stone wall monuments on west
wall and large monument to William Tugwell 1763 in south aisle.
(David Verey, Buildings of England - Gloucestershire: the
Listing NGR: ST8616594015
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Source: English Heritage
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