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Description: Church of St George
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 264887
OS Grid Reference: ST0894840199
OS Grid Coordinates: 308948, 140199
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1538, -3.3033
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ST04SE SAMPFORD BRETT CP
2/125 Church of St George
Parish church. Circa 1300. North transept, tower late C14 - early C15, 1835-43 chancel, vestry and West end of nave
rebuilt, West porch and organ chamber added, restored 1960-2 after World War 2 damage, West windows rebuilt 1967.
Roughcast tower with exposed quoins, North front buttresses, but not lower courses, West end; vestry and South side of
chancel squared and coursed and random rubble red sandstone, coped verges, gabled parapet to West end with kneelers,
slate roofs. Plan: chancel, South vestry, unlit 3 bay nave, North transept chapel, South organ chamber, South West
tower, West porch. 2 stage crenellated tower, unbuttressed, 2-light louvred bell opening, C20 clock, south door double
chamfered arch dying into the imposts with C19 double doors. To right, 2-light window and 4-centred arch door to organ
chamber, lancet to vestry, stepped buttresses, lancet to chancel, 4-light East window, set back buttresses to chancel,
2 lancets between buttresses on North side, angled projection at junction with nave (similar on South side masked
externally by vestry), 2-light windows East and North fronts of chapel, lancet West front, set back buttresses, North
wall of nave unlit but blocked arched doorway, West end tall lancets flanking 3-light window with continuous hoodmould,
tall stepped buttresses, single storey porch below with gabled pediment, C19 4-centred moulded doorway with ribbed
door, similar inner door. Interior: rendered, grooved as ashlar in nave. Nave, 2 bays unlit. The main feature of the
church is the light-hearted plasterwork foliage decoration in the chancel of circa 1835 with slender colonettes
flanking openings, foliage wall plate and plasterwork angel bosses to the ribbed vaulted roof. C19 ribbed barrel vault
to North chapel, nave roof C15 ribbed and plastered wagon roof with bosses. Octagonal font with trefoil headed
cusping, base day be an inverted medieval bowl; C17 communion table used as side altar; bench ends of early C16 and
early C17 reset C19; hatchment in North transept chapel which used to contain an effigy of a late C13 cross legged
knight, thought to be Sir William Brett died 1295, now in vestry; slate and marble wall tablet to Zacharias Wyndam died
1627 set above entrance to vestry; small amount of armorial glass dated 1743 belonging to another Wyndam, set in West
window. (Photographs in NMR; VCH Somerset, Vol 5, forthcoming; Collins D, The Village and Church of St George, Sampford
Listing NGR: ST0894840199
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