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Church of St Margaret, Kilmersdon

Description: Church of St Margaret

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 267928

OS Grid Reference: ST7048951031
OS Grid Coordinates: 370489, 151031
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2577, -2.4243

Location: Babington, Kilmersdon, Somerset BA11 3RN

Locality: Kilmersdon
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA11 3RN

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Listing Text

6/145 Church of St. Margaret

Anglican Church. Probably 1748 by John Strachan or William Halfpenny. Ashlar, moulded cornices all round, parapets with
copings, lead roofs, that to chancel domical; coped verges. Nave, apsidal chancel, west tower porch; Baroque. Tower
porch of 3 stages, upper stage with octagonal lantern with stone cupola, pineapple finial at apex; stone urn at each
angle where square tower meets lantern; semi-circular head bell openings, emphasised keys and impost band.
Semi-circular head door opening to west, emphasised key and imposts, paired outer dog gates with wrought-iron spear
capping. Three bay nave, semi-circular head windows in architraves with imposts and keys, square-paned leaded lights.
Blank chancel. Complete coeval interior; porch benched on flagstone floor; vaulted ceiling, panelled inner doors,
panelled transomlight, main body plastered on flag floors, walls scribed to resemble ashlar; coved plaster ceiling with
enriched dentil cornice, 2 ornamental bands; chancel arch with a panelled intrados; chancel with acanthus cornice,
ceiling with 3 panels, reredos a Rococo fantasy with cherubs' faces supported by a stem of sacramental vine and wheat
rising from an ornate base, the whole in the shape of a monstrance. This work attributed to Thomas Stocking of Bristol.
Tables of The Law in enriched surrounds. Turned and twisted balusters to altar rails. Panelled box pews flank central
aisle, elevated pulpit with reader below, panelled to rear with carved urn. Plastered Hanoverian Royal Arms in relief
to west end. Small stone font with bowl on baluster-pedestal. C17 chair; piece of high quality medieval carving,
probably continental. Small late C19 organ. Majority of plasterwork with C20 gilding and painting. Yery similar in
conception to Redland Chapel in Bristol which was long considered to be by John Strahan but now known to be by William
Halfpenny. (Church Guide, undated; Country Life, 16 April 1943).

Listing NGR: ST7049051033

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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