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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 6 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 195424
OS Grid Reference: TF1350182049
OS Grid Coordinates: 513501, 382049
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3232, -0.2974
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WEST TORRINGTON MAIN STREET
TF 18 SW
1/49 Church of
Parish church. 1860-1 by R. J. Withers re-using C14 masonry.
Ironstone, greenstone and limestone rubble, limestone ashlar
dressings. Slate roofs with decorative ridge tiles and stone
coped gables. West bellcote, nave with south porch, chancel with
north vestry. West front with 2 four stage buttresses with
pronounced, moulded plinths and curved set-offs. Central C19
window with pointed head, 2 cusped ogee headed lights, mouchettes
and hood mould. Moulded string course above with pilaster rising
from centre of window. Moulded string course above. Pilaster
narrows above, rising to centre of bellcote. Bellcote re-using
C14 masonry including fragments of buttress of old tower, with 2
pointed openings with chamfered surrounds and hood moulds.
Quatrefoil above and ashlar dressed gable with weather vane. C19
north side of nave with 2 rectangular windows, each with 3
cusped, ogee headed lights and hood moulds, flanking single 3
stage buttress. North vestry with lean-to roof, and west doorway
re-using C14 masonry, with Caernarvon head, chamfered surround,
pointed Cl9 relieving arch and plank door. East end of vestry
with pointed window re-using mid C14 masonry with moulded
surround, 2 cusped, ogee headed lights with reticulated tracery
and hood mould. C19 relieving arch above. Moulded eaves-above.
East end of chancel with large pointed window with C14 moulded
surround, 3 C19 cusped ogee headed lights and rich C19 tracery,
hood mould. South side of chancel with single C19 window with
flattened triangular head, 2 cusped, ogee headed lights,
mouchette and hood mould. Lower parts of south side of
nave medievalwith C19 3 stage buttress and 2 C19 rectangular
windows with richly moulded surround and mullions, 3 cusped, ogee
headed lights with hood mould. Gabled south porch re-using C14
masonry. 2 stage buttresses to east and west with upper gables.
Pointed south doorway with head and jambs moulded in one with
hood mould and lattice work doors. C14 niche above with
corbelled base and cusped, pointed head. Porch interior flanked
by wooden benches. C19 interior doorway with richly moulded
pointed head with richly moulded jambs including filleted rolls.
Hood mould with king and bishop label stops, plank doors. C19
pointed, moulded chancel arch with hood mould and head label
stops. Polygonal responds with shaft rings. C19 north vestry
doorway with cusped head, hood mould and head label stops, all
painted ornately, and plank door. C19 aumbry to right with
cusped, trefoiled head. C19 reredos with coloured mosaic panels
and string course running above. C19 sedilia with cusped head in
south wall. Early C12 font with beaded interesecting arcade and
scalloped capitals. C20 pulpit re-using C18 turned columns with
knops. Severely damaged fragment of robes of tomb effigy in
vestry. C19 altar rail, pews and roofs. St. Gilbert, founder
of the Gilbertine Order was vicar 1123-89. Thomas Wimberley
Mossman was vicar 1859-1885 and brought about the restoration of
the church. He was an important and controversial figure in the
Oxford movement, correspondent of Cardinal Newman and founder of
a Brotherhood aimed at financing young men from poor backgrounds
through their training at Theological College and thus into the
priesthood. Mossman was also notable as an historian and active
Liberal politician and a crucial figure in the early Oecumenical
Listing NGR: TF1350182049
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