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Church of St Martin, North Perrott

Description: Church of St Martin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 April 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 262429

OS Grid Reference: ST4720709529
OS Grid Coordinates: 347207, 109529
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8828, -2.7518

Location: Church Lane, North Perrott, Somerset TA18 7SJ

Locality: North Perrott
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA18 7SJ

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Listing Text


6/193 Church of St Martin


Anglican parish church. C12, modified in C16, with some early C20 restoration. Ham stone roughly cut and squared,
ashlar dressings; stone slate roofs to chancel and west porch, otherwise sheet lead behind parapets. Cruciform plan
with tower over crossing, with west porch and north-east organ chamber with vestry, the chancel of 2 bays and nave 2
bays. Chancel has plinth, angled corner buttresses, stepped coped gable with finial. East window a 4-light C16, with
4-centre arched head set in hollowed arched recess having square-stop label. To south are two 2-light windows, both
with C15 style tracery, the west plain, with uncusped tracery and simple label, the east fully cusped with a
square-stop label, both with C19 external ferramenta. Simple narrow cambered-arched doorway between south windows. One
simple window on north side. Organ chamber vestry may be a C15 chapel: string course with corner gargoyle, plain
parapet; 2-light cusped traceried east window under square-stop label; small flat-headed 2-light on north side, over a
later C19 flat-roofed lobby, which has plain parapet, cambered-arched east door, 2-light north window and single-light
west window. On north-west corner of organ chamber/vestry a projecting wall tomb, with stepped hipped stone roof and
segmental-arched recess over chest. Transepts have plinths, angled corner buttresses, string courses and shallow plain
parapets, and rather wide 4-light sub-arcuated windows with uncusped tracery, in pointed segmental-arched hollowed
recesses under square-stop labels, possibly C17. Nave matches transepts, with one matching 4-light window in both north
and south walls. In angle between nave and south transept an octagonal-plan stair turret, taller than the parapets,
with simple doorway and slit windows. West window set over porch, a 5-light in triangular-arched recess wave moulded,
has uncusped tracery: small cambered-arched recess to south of porch. West porch probably C16, with angled corner
buttresses, shallow pitched roof with coped gable and cross finial; triangular-moulded outer archway, with wrought-iron
gates; chamfered 4-centred inner arch, with bench seats to side and elliptical stone vault. Tower of 2 stages above
roofline, with string courses, the upper with corner gargoyles, and shallow plain parapet. Clockface on south side
across middle string. To each face of second stage are 2-light C15 windows in flat-arched chamfered recesses without
labels, having decorative pierced stone baffles. Interior has strong C15 character: Chancel has C19 timber rib and
plaster panel vault ceiling. Panelled reredos with C17 Spanish side pieces and centre panel by the younger Westmacott.
Trefoil-arched piscina in south wall. C19 panelled arch into organ chamber. Crossing has four panelled arches with
central shafts, of rural detail, with side squints from transepts to chancel. North transept has C19 king-post ceiling
in C15 style, and C19 panelled arch to organ chamber. South transept has simple ridge beam and panels of C20 date. Nave
ceiling of 5 bays, C20 moulded tie beams with plain plastered panels, set on carved head corbels, some of which may be
medieval, Fittings all late C19/early C20, simply detailed. Lectern and pulpit good quality reproductions of a medieval
style. Simple hexagonal font of uncertain date. Several early C19 monuments to Hoskins family (later spelt Hoskyns) of
North Perrott Manor (qv). First recorded rector 1297. (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset,

Listing NGR: ST4720609530

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Source: English Heritage

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