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Church of St John the Baptist, Carhampton

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 265287

OS Grid Reference: ST0093042658
OS Grid Coordinates: 300930, 142658
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1746, -3.4185

Location: 5 Church Lane, Carhampton, Somerset TA24 6NQ

Locality: Carhampton
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA24 6NQ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Early Christian to Medieval Settlement and Cemetery, 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


15/5 Church of St John the Baptist



Parish church. Perpendicular, extensively restored, north wall rebuilt 1862-3, tower rebuilt 1868-70 and vestry added.
Lias and red sandstone random rubble, tower squared and coursed red sandstone, chancel blue lias, slate roofs, coped
verges. Chancel and 4-bay nave without division, 6-bay south aisle, north east vestry, west tower, south porch.
Three-stage crenellated tower with crocketed pinnacles, diagonal buttresses, 3-light louvred bell openings,
stringcourses, lancet, 3-light west window, stair turret north east corner with octagonal crocketed roof; 3-light
window to west end of aisle, diagonal buttress, 3-light windows flanking single storey gabled porch with diagonal
stepped buttresses, lancet on right return, pointed arch opening chamfered in 2 orders, C19 inner door, stepped
buttress with 3-light window beyond, east end 2 tier 3-light window, east end of chancel 4-light window, 2-light window
to vestry possibly reset, door on north front, nave with two 3-light windows between buttresses. Interior rendered. No
chancel arch, C19 tower arch chamfered in 3 orders. Nave and chancel restored arch braced roof with gilded and painted
bosses, south aisle wallplate and open wagon roof with bosses. 6-bay standard Perpendicular arcade. Rood loft stair
with opening. Handsome 10-bay late C15 fan vaulted screen, painted and gilded with 5 carved friezes to cornice.
Early-mid C18 pulpit with raised and fielded panels, Late C19 square font, eariler font moved to Church of St
Bartholomew, Rodhuish (qv). Medieval chest. Brass plaque with fine lettering to Richard Escott died 1755 signed C
Sherborn, Gutter Lane, London. Marble aedicule to Sara Trevelyan of Knowle, died 1667. Bells: first and second dated
1868, third 1612, fith and sixth 1684. The road used to run past the porch which may account for the poor condition of
the chest tombs (qv) in churchyard. (Photograph in NMR; Pevsner, Buildings of England South and West Somerset,

Listing NGR: ST0093142660

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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