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Church of St Nicholas, Bratton Seymour

Description: Church of St Nicholas

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 March 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 261970

OS Grid Reference: ST6771130078
OS Grid Coordinates: 367711, 130078
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0691, -2.4622

Location: Church Walk, Bratton Seymour, Somerset BA9 8DA

Locality: Bratton Seymour
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA9 8DA

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Listing Text

2/34 Church of St. nicholas
- II*

Anglican Parish Church. C13 et seq. Local stone uncoursed rubble with Doulting and Ham stone dressings; Welsh slate
roofs with sawn stone ridges, plain gabled to chancel and porch, stepped coped gables to nave. Two-cell plan, of 2-bay
chancel and 3-bay nave, with west tower and south porch, and small north-east vestry. Chancel c1300: chamfered plinth,
angled corner buttresses; east window 3-light, 'Y'-traceried over cinquefoil cusped lights (possibly a C18 repaired
window) set under arched label with ball-flower stop; south window 2-light trefoil cusped, with quatrefoil above -
almost plate tracery - under arched label with ball-flower stops; to west a small single-light with segmental arched
head, of uncertain date, no label. Lean-to vestry on north side has double trefoil cusped window in north wall. Nave
has chamfered plinth south side only: north wall has one 2-light window, south wall 2 to match, with 3-centre arched
lights and plain chamfered mullions, probably C18, no labels; rendered pilaster to south-east corner. South porch has 2
C12 archways, the outer having reset stones of rudimentary lozenge pattern, with plain keystone; inner arch has double
chevron mould, chevron capitals, plain jambs; door of early date. Tower has ashlar base over chamfered plinth, low,
square and one-stage only: offset angled buttresses to 2/3 height, string course and irregular battlemented parapet
with corner pinnacles; massive north-east stair turret almost full height, in 2 stages with stone chamfer roof and
small slit lights: 3-centre arched west doorway now blocked, above it a 2-light window in semi-circular arched recess,
light barely pointed arched, one cusp remains, solid panel over; at high level at north and south side - 2 to latter -
are plain simple rectangular windows with a small C13 2-light window on east side, all with external wood louvred
shutters; finial to earlier ridge line on east wall. Inside, the chancel has simple rere-arches to windows, and a plain
almost triangular chamfered chancel arch; fittings all C19. Nave has C19 scissor truss roof erected in 1837, William
Matthews builder, Mr. Davies architect, a plain chamfered almost semi-circular tower arch, and mostly C19 fittings,
except the C13 font, a very low tulip bowl on turned base. Bells of interest, a treble by Henry Jordon of London, 1450
with original hangings, tenor of 1390 by a Bristol firm - although Whitfield claims it is dated 1583 and has no makers
name. Church probably of Saxon origin, but first mention of church 1217. Originally dedicated to St. Giles, and has
also been known as Holy Trinity Church (M Whitfield, In Praise of Bratton St Maur, 1974).

Listing NGR: ST6771130078

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Source: English Heritage

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