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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 17 October 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 267551
OS Grid Reference: ST5723131252
OS Grid Coordinates: 357231, 131252
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0790, -2.6119
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ST53SE LYDFORD-ON-FOSSE CP CHURCH LANE (West side)
10/77 Church of St. Mary
Anglican Parish Church. 1866 by B.Ferrey for Rector J. J. Moss. Coursed and squared lias rubble, Doulting dressings,
coped verges, cruciform finials, tile roofs with crested ridges except stone tile roof to chancel. Nave and south
porch, chancel with north-east tower, a vestry at its base. Late C13 style with much Middle Pointed mannerism. Tower
with octagonal upper stages, a lancet to each face around the top; stone spire with gabled lanterns; 3-light window on
north side incorporating texts; shallow stair turret. Three bay nave, single bay chancel, lancets and 2-light windows
with Geometrical tracery; east end with a 3-light window; west end with paired lancets and a rose window, (much damaged
at time of re-survey August, 1984). Elaborate porch with much carved flora and 2 heads as label stops. Lofty interior
finished in Doulting ashlar; arch-braced roof to nave, unceiled wagon roof to chancel; the latter also with encaustic
tiles. Chancel arch supported by coupled detached Purbeck shafts with foliate capitals, dog-tooth ornament facing nave;
chancel windows with further flanking Purbeck shafts. Reredos in neo-Jacobean style. Co-eval pews and choir stalls, the
latter incorporating charming animal carvings. Plain C13 octagonal font reused from an earlier church. C15 alabaster
relief of St.George, again reused, similar a small tablet with roman inscription. Vestry with C18 and C19 wall
monuments also an iron chest with raised lettering "East Lydford Register Chest 1813". Stained glass of 1879 to east
window by C.E. Kemper in early C16 style (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).
Listing NGR: ST5723131252
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