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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Kilmersdon

Description: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 267941

OS Grid Reference: ST6959352423
OS Grid Coordinates: 369593, 152423
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2701, -2.4372

Location: Church Street, Kilmersdon, Somerset BA3 5TB

Locality: Kilmersdon
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA3 5TB

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Listing Text

11/158 Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Anglican Parish Church. Of Norman origin, fabric substantially C15/C16; C19 restoration. Doulting ashlar, embattled
lead sheeting and slate roofs. Nave, chancel, north aisle and north aisle chapel, C19 south organ loft and C19 vestry
in place of a south porch, west tower. Perpendicular. Tower embattled and of 4 stages, corner buttresses with shafts
and pinnacles, connected across the angle and ascending to large corner shafts, again pinnacles; traceried 3-light
bell-chamber windows with a dense quatrefoil interlace; blank 2-light windows on the 2 lower stages, flanking niches
for statuary, now missing: C19 three-light west window, though earlier label, carved heads as stops, west doorway,
again with label with carved heads, door with moulded surround, studded plank doors:- "1766". Five bay buttressed north
aisle and north aisle chapel, embattled parapet, gargoyles, pinnacles, 3-light windows; one incorporates a doorway,
plank door with fine strap hinges, decorated boot scrapers; 4-light east window. Short chancel with 3-light east window
- traces of Norman masonry. South side of nave with carved Norman corbel table and narrow semi-circular head window; 2
two-light clerestory windows. Organ loft incorporating further remains of corbel table. Vestry with 2-light window,
bellcote. Interior plastered on flagstone and marble floors. C19 roofs; except C15 panelled lean-to to aisle with
traces of painted decoration. Broad panelled chancel arch; lofty triple-panelled tower arch. Four-bay arcade to aisle,
piers of 4-hollows moulding. Robust angels forming corbels to former roofs in nave and chancel. Restored Perpendicular
stone screen between the aisle and chapel. Two niches with richly carved canopies to chapel. Good Perpendicular font.
Six C15 pews to nave; in aisle a detached section of a further high quality medieval traceried pew. Altar table with
carved caryatids. Pulpit with Jacobean work incorporated in a late C19 fabric. Foiled piscina. Good set of C19 pews,
copies of remaining medieval pews; also C19 choir stalls and altar rail; iron grille separating nave and chancel 1878
by Singers of Frome. Organ of 1899. Five C18 wall monuments, 14 principal C19 monuments, by Bath and Bristol firms;
some high quality C20 memorials; monument to vestry dated 1528. Fragments of Norman carving to chancel wall. Nine C19
stained glass windows; fragments of medieval glass in upper lights of chapel window. Studded plank door between nave
and vestry. (Church Guide, undated; Atthill R., Mendip A New Study, 1976;).

Listing NGR: ST6959752427

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Source: English Heritage

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