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Church of St Mary, Marston Magna

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 April 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 262672

OS Grid Reference: ST5934422340
OS Grid Coordinates: 359344, 122340
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9990, -2.5807

Location: Little Marston Road, Marston Magna, Somerset BA22 8DG

Locality: Marston Magna
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA22 8DG

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There is also a scheduled monument, Marston Magna Moated Site and Associated Earthworks, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


9/57 Church of St Mary



Church. Pre-conquest origins, largely rebuilt in c. 1360, C15 Norman
Chapel Local stone, squared and random coursed mostly, with Ham stone
dressings; plain clay tiles over base courses of stone slates, North
slope chancel all stone slates, North aisle and chapel lead covered.
Plan: Chancel 2-bays, nave 3-bays, West tower, North aisle and chapel
3-bays, South porch Chancel has plain triple lancet East window; on
South side a corner pilaster: 3-light hollow chamfer mullioned window of
middle C15, plain pointed arch doorway and pointed arched 2-light window
of middle C14; to North a corner pilaster, a slit window with flat head,
uncertain date, and mullioned window of C15 - between these 2 windows
herringbone stonework: at low level on North and East walls stonework
earlier than remainder of church. Nave has corner offset buttress and
pilaster on North side, with 3-light pointed arch window of middle C14;
2 similar windows South side, with offset buttresses each bay; South
porch plain, with 2-centre arch doorway arch and plain jambs. North
aisle and chapel has angle and bay offset buttresses, string course and
plain parapet with gargoyles to corners, and middle C14 traceried
windows with pointed arches to ends and 2 bays; to West bay North wall
or 4-centre arched doorway with moulded jambs. West tower of 3 stages,
with angle buttresses, plinth, string course and crenellated top, with
stair turret to South-east corner; gargoyles and small pinnacles to each
corner, long lead spout North side: West door with 2-centre arch and
moulded jambs - no capitals; C14 traceried window above with label mould
incorporating 8-petal roses at bosses, then clock face; to belfry simple
C14 traceried windows all 4 sides with pierced baffle boards. C20
weathervane North-west corner; 4 bells; C20 clock. Internally, rib and
plaster panel pointed barrel vault to chancel; the Easternmost windows
set in C11 reveals, the South-west window has early glass fragments;
chancel arch 2-centred of middle C14. Crown post roof trusses over nave
carrying circa 1900 boards and rafters; unplastered walls; pointed arch
with bell capitals into North aisle and chapel; C18 timber pulpit on C20
base, with backboard and ogee top tester; Norman lead-lined font with
cylindrical base and decorated scallops. North chapel and aisle of great
interest: C15 statue niche left of alter; several traces of wall
paintings on North Wall; C15 roof frame; to West end a rather primitive
C15 timber screen somewhat adapted to form wind lobby to North door and
choir gallery, in which now stored a clock mechanism of 1710.

Listing NGR: ST5934122341

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Source: English Heritage

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