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Church of St Nicholas, Withycombe

Description: Church of St Nicholas

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 265396

OS Grid Reference: ST0153041301
OS Grid Coordinates: 301530, 141301
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1625, -3.4096

Location: Lower Street, Withycombe, Somerset TA24 6PY

Locality: Withycombe
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA24 6PY

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Listing Text


8/113 Church of St Nicholas



Parish church. C13 chancel, C14 tower, nave refenestrated C15, church restored and reroofed 1912-13, vestry extended
and west end gallery removed 1934-36. Roughcast over rubble, Ham stone dressings, slate roofs, coped verges. 3-bay
nave, chancel north east vestry, entrance through south tower. Two-stage crenellated tower, lancet bell opening,
moulded wooden Tudor arch head opening, inner door chamfered in 2 orders with hood mould, early C17 ribbed door, holy
water stoop left with consecration cross incised above, wooden partition fronting internal tower steps; right 3-light
cinquefoil headed hollow chamfer mullioned windows, 3-light window to chancel, blocked priest's door, semi-circular
headed with chamfered surround, lancet right, 3-light east window, buttress, lancet on north front, east front of
vestry lancet and door, C20 window north front, rood stair door blocked at junction with nave, two 3-light trefoil
headed mullioned windows, western one lighting effigy tomb on interior wall, bulging out and heavily buttressed,
3-light west window, south wall flight of external steps leading to blocked doorway to demolished gallery, 2-light
window. Interior: random rubble, chancel whitewashed. Depressed pointed chamfered chancel arch, tower arch. C20 wagon
roofs, earlier wall plate in nave. Ogee headed priest's doorway blocked in chancel, blocked semi-circular headed
doorway in nave south wall, blocked opening to rood stair. Fine 5-bay fanvaulted screen circa 1500 enriched cornice of
4 friezes, vineleaf decoration, panels of dado thought to be early C17. Old wall plate and C20 panelling at west end.
C19 pulpit, pews and communion rails, Norman circular font, ribbed with cable moulding at base of bowl. Jambs of
western windows in north wall of nave cut to accommodate female effigy circa 1300 flanked by what may be candlesticks,
crenellated with stepped buttresses and carved with faces amidst foliage, probably not originally designed for present
location and very unusual. Niche low down on north wall contains male effigy of young layman. An interesting church
that escaped C19 restoration. (Photograph in NMR),

Listing NGR: ST0152841302

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Source: English Heritage

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