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Church of St Thomas, Orchard Portman

Description: Church of St Thomas

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 270881

OS Grid Reference: ST2658821110
OS Grid Coordinates: 326588, 121110
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9847, -3.0472

Location: Orchard Portman, Somerset TA3 5BW

Locality: Orchard Portman
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA3 5BW

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Listing Text


5/95 Church of St Thomas



Parish church. C12, C14 chancel rebuilt, C15 tower built and church refenestrated, chancel refenestrated and north
chapel demolished c1850, 1856 tower restored. 1861 church restored and refitted, north aisle arcade taken down and
restored. Roughcast over rubble, squared and coursed blue lias tower, Ham stone dressings, nave, chancel and aisles all
under same slate roof, coped verges. Plan: chancel, 4-bay nave, narrow north and south aisles, south porch, west tower.
Crenellated 3-stage tower, diagonal buttreses west end, setback buttresses east end, string courses, gargoyles, 2-light
louvred bell openings, cinquefoil headed window below, Perpendicular mullioned and transomed 4-light west window,
moulded pointed arch west doorway, C19 door, north east stair turret; south front 2-light windows flanking single
storey gabled porch, pointed arch opening, plaster board with applied half-timbering to interior, moulded arch inner
doorway, C19 door; south front of chancel lancets flanking blocked Tudor arch doorway, diagonal buttresses to east end,
3 lancet windows, lancets to north front flanking engaged semi-circular pillar, three 2-light windows to north aisle
between stepped buttresses, blocked moulded pointed arch opening. Interior: rendered. Plastered barrel vault to nave,
monopitch roofs to aisles, ribbed roof to chancel. Four bay arcade of C12 circular piers with scalloped capitals. C19
wooden chancel arch carried on angel corbels, squint in sout east wall, moulded semi-circular tower arch. Blocked
ogee-head opening to rood stair at east end of north aisle, three quarters of blocked Tudor arch opening in north
aisle. Norman circular font. C19 fittings, including Romanesque style arcaded panelling to choir stalls and screen to
tower. Pulpit. No monuments of note. The engaged column on the exterior of the chancel belongs to a chapel or transept
that was demolished in the mid C19. (Sixsmith, A History of Thurlbear, 1956; Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and
West Somerset 1958).

Listing NGR: ST2658821110

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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