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Church of St Mary, Oare

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 May 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 265452

OS Grid Reference: SS8020747311
OS Grid Coordinates: 280207, 147311
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2124, -3.7164

Location: New Road, Exmoor National Park EX35 6NU

Locality: Oare
Local Authority: West Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: EX35 6NU

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There is also a scheduled monument, Oare Bridge, 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


2/39 Church of St Mary

22.5.69 II*


Parish church. C15 nave and inner chancel, outer chancel added and tower rebuilt mid C19. Local stone coursed rubble
C19 work, earlier parts roughcast, 3 separate slate roofs, no coped verges, decorative ridge tiles. West tower, 3-bay
nave, one bay inner chancel, one bay outer chancel. Crenellated 3-stage tower, unbuttressed, string courses, single
light louvred bell opening, 2-light west window under square hoodmould and pointed relieving arch, pointed arch west
door; three Cl9 2 and 3-light wooden mullioned windows to nave, lancet to inner chancel, unlit south side, mullioned
and transomed 2-light east window, 2-light window on north wall of outer chancel, trefoil-headed lancet to inner
chancel, nave unlit; gabled single storey porch, semi-circular headed opening, inner chamfered pointed arch wooden
doorway, perhaps C16 with C19 door. Interior: rendered. No chancel arch, bosses from roof reset on cambered beam to
inner chancel; unmoulded pointed tower arch. Barrel vault to nave and inner chancel, Cl9 outer chancel roof. Norman
circular font. C18 box pews, readers desk and pulpit. Unusual piscina in the form of a man's head clasped between 2
hands, possibly C15. Good collection of painted C18 slate tablets to Spurry family. Ten Commandments painted on two
wooden boards. Unususal painted wooden panel inscribed Peter Spurrye, Churchwarden 1718 and thought to represent
Moses. R D Blackmore's grandfather was rector here 1809-42 and the church attracts aany visitors as the scene of the
marriage of Jan Ridd in Blackmore's book "Lorna Doone". (Photograph in NMR; Allen, Churches and Chapels of Exmoor,

Listing NGR: SS8020747311

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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