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Church of St Mary, Stogumber

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 264926

OS Grid Reference: ST0981237291
OS Grid Coordinates: 309812, 137291
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1278, -3.2902

Location: High Street, Stogumber, Somerset TA4 3TA

Locality: Stogumber
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA4 3TA

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Listing Text


11/163 Church of St Mary



Parish church. Late C13-early C14 lower stages of tower and West bay South aisle, rest C15, restored 1873-5 by J D
Sedding. Red sandstone random rubble, squared and coursed on North face of tower, Ham stone dressings, slate roofs,
coped verges. Chancel, 5 bay nave, 7 bay North aisle, 3 bay South chapel, Southwest tower, North and South porches. 3
stage crenellated tower, diagonal stepped buttresses, gargoyles, quoins on North face, square stair turret on West
front at junction with nave, 2-light mullioned and transomed bell openings, lancet, 2-light South window; to right
single storey crenellated South porch, moulded plinth, diagonal stepped buttresses rising to string course with
grotesque oversized gargoyles, moulded arched opening, 4 panel moulded compartment ceiling, chamfered inner doorway
with Victorian door; to right 3-light cinquefoil headed mullioned window, projecting organ bay with C16 3-light window,
crenellated chapel with 3-light windows in outer bays, centre bay blocked, depressed Tudor arched doorway left bay,
stepped buttresses between; blocked East window to chapel, C19 3-light chancel window, North front 2-light with 3-light
East end of North aisle which is crenellated with quatrefoil decorated merlons, gargoyles and pinnacles, deeply moulded
plinth, crenellated roodstair turret centre, all 3-light windows with stepped buttresses between fifth bay 2 storey
North porch gabled with finial and kneelers, setback stepped buttresses rising to string course, moulded arched
opening, upper floor removed, C20 roof timbers, Tudor arched opening, C19 door; 4-light West window to nave. Interior:
rendered. Octagonal pier with respond West bay of South aisle, pointed arch, rest standard Perpendicular arcades,
foliage decorated capitals in North aisle including green man and instruments of the passion, 2 hagioscopes. Tower
arches triple chamfered North face, double chamfered East face; irregular shaped moulded arch between South aisle and
chapel. C19 arch braced roof to chancel with stencilled decoration by the incumbent 1871-1907, Edward Jones, others
moulded ribbed open barrel vaults, partially renewed, South aisle roof Cl9. Painted decoration in the chancel also by
the Revd Jones, Victorian reredos, tiled chancel floor and dado, latter obscured by paint. Arched roodloft door in
North aisle with square headed loft opening above, Medieval door with trefoil headed ribbed decoration and fine
Medieval metalwork. Moulded Tudor arched tomb recess containing small brass to Margery Windham died 1585. Impressive 2
bay canopy tomb with paired Corinthian columns, strapwork decoration and other Mannerist detailing to Sir George
Sydenham died 1597, with effigies of Sir George, his 2 wives and a triumvirate of babies rising at their feet. Other
good memorials in the south chapel: a slate tablet to George Musgrave died 1721, a marble wall tablet to another George
Musgrave died 1741, optimistically attributed to Rysbrack, mid C19 Gothick tablet by J Pearse of Minehead; one in nave
to Thomas Rich died 1727 with touring putti. Some C16 bench ends. Mid C18 brass candelabra by Thomas Bayley of
Minehead. 3 roundels of late C15-early C16 Flemish glass in South aisle window. (Photograph in NMR; VCH Somerset Vol 5,

Listing NGR: ST0981137294

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Source: English Heritage

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