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Church of St Mary Magdalene, Baunton

Description: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 November 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 131048

OS Grid Reference: SP0216904674
OS Grid Coordinates: 402169, 204674
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7408, -1.9700

Location: 4 Downs Way, Baunton, Gloucestershire GL7 7BB

Locality: Baunton
Local Authority: Cotswold District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
Postcode: GL7 7BB

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Listing Text

SP 00 SW
9/24 Church of St Mary Magdalene


Anglican parish church. C12 and Perpendicular; restored 1876.
Nave; limestone rubble with dressed stone quoins and ashlar
parapet. Chancel; coursed squared and dressed limestone. Small
C12 nave with a projecting C15 porch; C12 chancel with C19 vestry
at right angles on the north. Nave south wall; one Perpendicular
hollow-chamfered stone-mullioned window with cinquefoil-headed
lights. Oval memorial plaque (probably C18) to the right with an
almost illegible inscription. Studded plank door to the left
(within the porch) with Tudor closing ring, escutcheon and hinges
within a hollow-moulded Tudor-arched surround; C19 buttressing at
the west end of the nave. Decorated 2-light west window with
cinquefoil-headed lights and hood. Nave north wall; restored
Early English 2-light window with plate tracery and hood.
Projecting lean-to stair turret (formerly giving access to the rood
screen (see interior) to the left. C15 parapet with moulded string
and roll-moulded coping. Chancel south wall; single C19 two-light
pointed window with cinquefoil-headed lights and a hood. Single
similar window in the north wall. No east window. Gabled bell-
hanging for 2 bells at the west gable end of the nave. Stepped
gable-end coping. Three upright stone cross finials. Projecting
Perpendicular gabled porch with pointed-arched entrance with hollow
and flat-chamfered mouldings and hood. Stone bench seats within
porch. Small square niche in the west wall. Two C18 ledgers in
the stone flag floor the best preserved being to Henry Stephens,
died 1728 and Elizabeth his wife, died 1723.
Scraped interior with a 3-bay nave and 3-bay chancel. C19-early
C20 roof trusses to the nave and chancel. The roof trusses to the
chancel have arch-braced collar beams, and king posts and curved
struts. The trusses in the nave have braced tie beams and king
posts with curving struts. Red tile and plank flooring to the
nave. Encaustic tiling to the chancel. Two flat-chamfered 4-
centred arched doorways, one above the other (now blocked) in the
north-wall close to the junction of the nave and chancel, formerly
giving access to a Perpendicular rood screen. Trefoil-headed
piscina in the north wall of the chancel. Early mutilated trefoil-
headed piscina with credence shelf in the south-east corner of the
chancel. C19 piscina in the north wall of the chancel. Fixtures
and fittings; polygonal stone font (probably C16) inside the south
door resting on a C12 cylindrical font: Wooden pulpit
incorporating some C17 carved oak panels including four pierced
arcaded panels. Early C20 pews. C20 wooden communion rails. Part
of the former Perpendicular rood screen with tracery and linen-fold
panelling has been incorporated into the reredos. Fine C14 wall
painting (c3m wide by 4m high) of St Christopher on the nave north
wall. St. Christopher is depicted wading through a stream, on the
east bank is a hermit with a lantern and church, on the west a
seated female figure, at the top is a landscape of trees, churches
and a windmill. In a frame east of the south doorway is a complete
C15 embroidered altar frontal, composed of alternate strips of red
and yellow silk embroidered with 17 double-headed eagles in silver
thread, at the centre is a representation of the crucifixion with
St Mary and St John, below which is a rebus of a name comprising a
golden eagle gripping a white ass above a golden barrel from which
issues two flowering branches.
(David Verey, The Buildings of England: The Cotswolds, 1979)

Listing NGR: SP0216904674

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Source: English Heritage

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