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Church of Saint Stephen, Charlton Musgrove

Description: Church of Saint Stephen

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 March 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 261697

OS Grid Reference: ST7201329909
OS Grid Coordinates: 372013, 129909
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0678, -2.4008

Location: Rectory Lane, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset BA9 8ES

Locality: Charlton Musgrove
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA9 8ES

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Listing Text


7/215 Church of Saint Stephen

Church. C13 and later. Local stone rubble with Doulting stone dressings; stone slate roofs with coped gables to chancel
and porch. 2-cell plan with 2-bay chancel and 3-bay nave, with added West tower, South porch and C19 Vestry on North
East corner. Chancel has 3-light "Y"-tracery East windows, below and to South side of this two C18 memorials set into
wall, both with pedimented surrounds, commemorating Revd. William Leir, Rector, died 1743, and Nathaniel Farewell, died
1750; on South side of Chancel a triple lancet to East and C15 2-light window to West, both without labels; between
them a small 3-centre arched doorway; North wall part rendered, remainder obscured by Vestry which has small 2-light
window. Nave has three 2-light C16 style windows of which the West may be original; centre window cuts into blocked
former doorway and has gable and chimney above; high on West end of wall blocked window: South wall has flat headed
4-ogee arched light window without label East of porch and small C15 2-cusped head light window, both without labels.
South porch has slightly moulded outer arch with sundial dated 1916 over, otherwise plain: inside C15 curved rib and
panel roof with bosses; flat headed inner doorway. Tower of 3-stages, with plinth, angled offset buttresses on West
side, string courses, battlemented parapets, corner pinnacles and gargoyles, with square plan staircase turret on North
East corner: low plain pointed arch doorway to West, probably late C13, with arched label having square steps; above a
C15 cinquefoil cusped 2-light window with similar arched label; to stage 2 a small single cusped light window with
pierced wood baffles on South face only; to stage 3 2-light cusped C15 windows set in recesses to each face, also with
pierced wood baffles. Interior not seen, but nave has curved rib truss roof similar to porch, but the C15 moulded tie
beams (as at Staverdale Priory Chancel qv) removed in C19 and replaced with iron tie-rods; panelled C15 Chancel arch;
octagonal font of mid Cl7, retooled; door to rood loft on North side of nave with walkway in the wall; evidence of West
nave gallery, and wall plate on corbels for part of South wall; hatchment dated 1660 in nave, and two C18 boards under
tower. (Unpublished information from G Beech Esq, Church Architect).

Listing NGR: ST7201329909

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Source: English Heritage

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