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Description: Church of the Holy Cross
Date Listed: 29 March 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 269550
OS Grid Reference: ST3747133099
OS Grid Coordinates: 337471, 133099
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0938, -2.8943
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MIDDLEZOY CP CHURCH ROAD (East side)
5/28 Church of the Holy Cross
Anglican parish church. C13, C14, C15, C16, restored C19. Coursed and squared rubble, freestone dressings, slate and
lead-sheeting roofs, coped verges, finials. Nave with south aisle and a south porch, north transept, chancel, west
tower. Geometrical, Decorated, and Perpendicular styles. Lofty 3-stage tower of Quantock type; set-back buttresses
connected diagonally across the angle, buttresses terminate in tall diagonally-set shafts on the top stage, pinnacles
set diagonally at the corners; topping polygonal stair-turret to north; west doorway, 4-light west window with fine
tracery; on stage above 2-light windows with Somerset tracery, flanking canopied niches; on bell-chamber stage twin
2-light openings, Somerset tracery, flanked by thin shafts with pinnacles. Nave with 3-light Perpendicular windows to
north. Aisle of 5 bays; on south side 2-light windows with plate tracery, a small lancet, and a 3-light Perpendicular
window with square head; to west end 3-light Perpendicular window; to east end 3-light window with reticulated tracery
of c1330; buttresses; on south wall a lead plaque dated 1752. Gabled porch with broad outer door opening, benched
inside on a flagstone floor, small double-chamfered inner doorway with trefoil niche over. Single bay north transept,
low-pitched gable, parapet with coping, 3-light windows. Two bay chancel, 2-light windows, renewed tracery of c1300, 2
lancet lights with trefoils above them and a quatrefoil under the main arch, conforming 3-light east window with
septfoil under main arch; evidence of former rood-turret to north, ribbed and studded priest's door to south, moulded
surround, label with carved head stops. Plastered interior on flagstone floors. Arcade to aisle of 5 bays, piers of
4-hollows section, arch to north transept in similar style. Panelled Perpendicular tower arch, angel busts, incomplete
fan-vault. Nave with ceiled C17 wagon roof, moulded cornice, ornamental bosses, pendants over former rood. Aisle
windows with small internal shafts. Chancel windows with rere-arches. Corbel heads to aisle roof. Two good piscinae.
Octagonal Perpendicular font with Jacobean tester. Good miserere to chancel. C16 rood screen, tall, panels of 4-lights
with a middle mullion reaching to the apex of the arch, coving missing. Jacobean tower screen with upper section of
balusters. C17 altar. Two C17 chests; pulpit, wooden with blank arches in two tiers. Some late medieval carved bench
ends, some poppy finials. C18/C19 wall monuments. Stained glass figure of St Dorothy to south aisle lancet, C16; some
C19 stained glass. (Pevsner, N. Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; Photographs in NMR).
Listing NGR: ST3747333103
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