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Description: Church of St Andrew
Date Listed: 15 February 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 261789
OS Grid Reference: ST6358822596
OS Grid Coordinates: 363588, 122596
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0016, -2.5203
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387/1/53 CHURCH OF ST ANDREW
Parish church. Rebuilt 1869-70 to design of Charles Baker-Green.
MATERIALS: Hamstone ashlar with plain clay tile roofs mostly between coped gables, but with hipped chevet to the east end.
PLAN: Mostly in an early C15 style. It has a three-cell plan with additions; comprising a one and a half bay chancel, four bay nave and north aisle, with north east vestry, south porch and west tower.
EXTERIOR: The chancel is built into the hillside. It has a plinth, with offset buttresses to each chamfered angle. There is a panelled parapet and ornamental clay tile ridge and wrought iron cross finial to the roof. There are cusped single lancet windows with arched headstops to north east and south east chamfers, and two-light early C15 traceried style windows with labels to north, east and south faces of the chevet. There are similar two-light window and bay buttresses to nave which has a plain eaves band course. The south porch to bay two has a simple hollow moulded pointed arch; the north east vestry has a cusped lancet east window and simple north door. The north aisle has small cusped lancets with pointed arched labels with headstops between offset bay buttresses, a two-light west
window, and a simple west door. The tower is in three stages, with plinth, diagonal offset corner buttrusses two stages high, string courses, and a battlemented parapet with corner finials. There is an octagonal, plain, full height stair turret to the north east corner, taller than tower, with an outer door at the base. The west door, up two steps, is set within a pointed-arched opening under square stopped label with quatrefoils in spandrils; above, is a three-light C15 style window. The other faces are plain to this stage: to stage two, two-light transomed C15 pointed arched windows to north, west and south faces; similar windows without transomes to all faces of stage three, fitted with pierced stone baffles.
INTERIOR: has unplastered ashlar throughout. The nave has arched rib ceiling and C15 style arcade. There is a hollowed wide chancel arch and a panelled vaulted timber roof to the chancel. The furnishings are simply detailed and include an octagonal stone pulpit with richly carved panels, and a matching small octagonal font with black marble shafts to the corners. Sited in a floor pit in the nave, and covered by cast iron, lattice pattern floor gratings, is a cast iron warm air heating stove, complete with its combustion chamber. It was manufactured by H.B. and H. Petter of Yeovil. In addition there is some painted and stencil decoration about the church.
HISTORY: There has been a church in Corton Denham probably since the C12, although the present church was built in 1869-70. Its construction was financed by Edward Berkley Portman, Viscount Portman.
C R J Currie, R W Dunning (Editors), A P Baggs, M C Siraut, A History of the County of Somerset (1999), vol 7, pp 101-08
REASON FOR DESIGNATION: The Church of St Andrew is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* It survives relatively unaltered and is a balanced, single-phase composition
* The quality of its architectural detailing, both externally and internally
* The church furniture is of good design
* The survival of a contemporary heating stove adds to the building's interest
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.
Source: English Heritage
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