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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Batcombe

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 2 June 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 268216

OS Grid Reference: ST6901339030
OS Grid Coordinates: 369013, 139030
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1497, -2.4444

Location: Gold Hill, Batcombe, Somerset BA4 6HD

Locality: Batcombe
Local Authority: Mendip District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA4 6HD

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Listing Text

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Anglican parish church. Mainly C15, C16, restored C19. Rubble and ashlar, freestone dressings, tile and lead-sheeting
roofs. Nave, chancel, N. and S. aisles, S. porch, N. vestry, W. tower. Perpendicular. Lofty 3-stage tower with set-back
buttresses terminating on third stage as pinnacles, shaft clasped between the buttresses, terminating as pinnacle;
pierced parapet, gargoyles, tall double-transoned 3-light bell-chamber openings, lower halves virtually blank, upper
halves with stone quatrefoil grilles, flanking shafts and shafts betwen the openings, polygonal stair-turret to N., to
S. 2 crocketted niches for statuary; enriched W. face with a 4-light window divided into 2-plus-2 sub-arches, W.
doorway with leaf spandrels, string over with 3 decapitated angel figures; niche with figure with 6 attendant angels;
S. side with C18 monument at base; clock on 2 faces with Roman numerals. Four bay nave with a clerestory, pierced
parapet, pinnacles, gargoyles, 3-light windows with depressed-arch heads. Four bay S. aisle, 2 windows to S. of
4-lights with square heads, pierced parapet, buttresses, W. window of 3-lights with a pointed-arch head, below it a C18
monument. Gabled porch with a stone-tiled roof dated 1629, slender buttresses, those to front with crocketted finials,
label with strapwork ornamentation, depressed-arch opening with foliate spandrels, paired C18 panelled doors;
achievement and encircling text to gable face. Further similar achievement to left of door opening. Four bay N. aisle
with pierced parapet, buttresses, pinnacles, 3-light windows, at E. end polygonal stair-turret. Two bay chancel, two
2-light square-headed windows to S., C17(?) 3-light mullioned and transomed E. window, traces of the jambs of the
earlier window, below a C18 memorial. Large C20 vestry. Interior predominantly plastered on flagstone floors. Nave with
low-pitched tie-beam roof, C18, large angel corbels of a former roof also retrain. Aisles with lean-to roofs with
moulded ribs and bosses, to N. with corbels carved as angels. Chancel with simple C19 roof. Tower with fan-vault. Four
bay aisle arcades with piers of 4-hollows section; chancel arch in conforming style; lofty panelled tower arch. Chancel
with cusped C13 piscina. Hagioscopes. Upper and lower entrances to the rood. In N. aisle near the E. end 2 low cusped
ogee-headed recesses. Richly carved octagonal font, Perpendicular trough much restored. A second font also present,
C15, octagonal with simple quatrefoil panels. Chest dated 1683. Laudian altar rails. C19 brass lectern. Good set of
pews of 1960. Many memorials, some in the form of medieval wall paintings, presently covered. Four C18 wall monuments
by T. King of Bath, Ford of Bath, and Reeves and Son; C17 brass to Bisse family; C17 monument to Bisse family, probably
c1640 with strapwork cresting. C19 wall monuments. C18 oil painting, The Nativity. Brass candelabra, donated 1737. At
the E. end of the S. aisle a stained glass window of c1896, by Heaton, Butler and Bayne; E. window by A.K. Nicholson of
1930. (Persner N., Buildings of England, North Somerset and Bristol, l958; Photographs in NMR; SANHS proceedings, 24;
44; 53; 55; Illustrated J, Buckler 1829 and W.W. Wheatley 1842).

Listing NGR: ST6901339030

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Source: English Heritage

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