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Church of St Mary and All Saints, Broomfield

Description: Church of St Mary and All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 March 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 269264

OS Grid Reference: ST2242732019
OS Grid Coordinates: 322427, 132019
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0822, -3.1088

Location: Broomfield, Somerset TA5 2EQ

Locality: Broomfield
Local Authority: Sedgemoor District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA5 2EQ

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Listing Text


6/1 Church of St. Mary and All Saints



Anglican Parish church. Predominantly C15 and C16, sore minor C19 work. Lias and red sandstone rubble, slate roof,
coped verges, freestone dressings. Nave with a south porch, chancel with north vestry, north aisle, west tower;
Perpendicular, embattled 2-stage tower with diagonal buttresses, gargoyles, topping stair turret; 2-light bell-chamber
windows with louvres, ringing chamber window to south with leaded lights; westdoor, 3-light westwindow. Three bay nave,
3-light pointed head windows, stepped labels; porch with Perpendicular outer doorway, traceried C19 doors. Early C16
embattled north aisle; merlons with pierced quatrefoils, 4-bays with buttresses, gargoyles, 3-light painted head
windows. Single bay chancel of early C14 origin; a priests door to south with a cusped head, blocked inside; 2-light
square-headed window with a stopped label, 3-light east window. Interior of porch benched on flag floors; remains of
stoup with a blind traceried head, inner doorway with decorated spandrels; early painted text above; C19 charity
plaques. Interior plastered on flag floors under C15 wagon roofs, ribs and bosses, pierced carved wall plates with 47
carved angels holding shields; roof to chancel renewed C18/C19. C15 tower and chancel arches, the latter quite
elaborate. C16 north aisle arcade of 4:1 bays with piers of 4-waves section, the capitals with leaf banding and on one
4 shields showing the instruments of the passion; arches with 4-centred heads. C15 octagonal font, a foiled niche to
each face, C18 tester. Virtually complete set of C16 benches, square-headed with much intricate carving, one with
carvers name:- "SIIMON WERMAN"; sole C17 linenfold panelling to aisle. On tower floor brass to Richard Silverton of
1443, a priest in mass vestments with chalice and host, head missing, inscription:- "Richard Silverton, chaplain, who
governed this church in a praiseworthy manner, to the honour of God, the Blessed Mary, and All Saints for 23 years. He
sumptuously repaired and magnificently decorated it". Medieval chest; C18 box; C18/C19 strong box; Royal Arms of Queen
Anne dated 1714. C18 choir stalls and altar rail. Slab to nave floor dated 1689, slab under tower of 1729, 5 further
C16/C17 slabs to chancel and 2 to aisle. Two late C18 wall monuments by Reeves of lath and King of lath; another early
C19 by R Long of Taunton; further monuments, 2 to chancel with Latin inscriptions. Stained glass to south chancel
window with figures of angels, canopies and medallions, fragmentary and re-set Cl5/Cl6, fragmentary heraldry of C15 to
upper lights of south nave window; some C16 glass to aisle windows. East window by Morris and Co., 1913. Pair C19
decalogue plaques under tower. Andrew Crosse (1784-1855) was one of the earliest scientists to study electrical energy
and his laboratory table on which he carried out experiments stands in the aisle. Obelisk to Andrew Crosse (1784-1855)
of nearby Fyne Court in churchyard (qv). (Church Guide; Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset,

Listing NGR: ST2242432019

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Source: English Heritage

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