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Church of St Michael, Pitminster

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 February 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 271040

OS Grid Reference: ST1990618701
OS Grid Coordinates: 319906, 118701
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9621, -3.1418

Location: Gatchell's Lane, Pitminster, Somerset TA3 7SY

Locality: Pitminster
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA3 7SY

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Listing Text

9/93 Church of St Michael
Parish church. Tower C14, rest C15 extensively restored c1855 when chapel added, chancel
arch rebuilt, nave crenellated and church largely refenestrated, 1872 porch converted to
vestry, early C20 refitted, 1960s reroofed. Roughcast over rubble, exposed plinth to
tower and buttresses, slate roofs, coped verges. West tower now entrance, 3-bay nave,
south porch now vestry, north chapel now organ bay, chancel. Crenellated 2-stage tower,
diagonal buttresses to lower stage,string course with gargoyles, 2-light
trefoil-headed bell-openings with wooden boards in imitation of Somerset tracery,
string course, 3-light west window without cusping, moulded arched west doorway, C19
door, square stair turret reaching to upper stage, crenellated nave, 3-light windows
under square hoodmoulds flanking single storey gabled porch, lancets on returns,
4-centered moulded arch doorway blocked with inserted upper section of 2-light window,
2-light windows under square hoodmoulds to north and south sides of chancel, 3-light
east window, 2-light windows in nave flanking crenellated chapel, 3-light north
window and 2-light on return. Interior: rendered, C19 chamfered chancel arch and
chapel arch, C19 4-centred arch to vestry, plain C14 tower arch with original pointed,
moulded, stair-turret doorway and west doorway. C19 roofs: chancel roof with ornate
carved wall plate continued as end truss, C19 principal rafter roof to nave. The
notable feature of the interior is the wealth of carved woodwork, mostly early C20 and
executed by A E Eastwood of Leigh Court (qv) and members of the local woodworking
class. Mr Eastwood who held the living and was Lord of the Manor died in 1949 aged 89.
The panelled reredos were designed by Bligh Bond. Carved bench ends and fronts,
carved pulpit and lectern, the latter incorporating old panelling as does the
panelled dado in chancel. Mid C20 panelled dado to tower. Norman circular font with
remains of cable moulding. Stained glass including east window of 1914 attributed to
Arthur Tower. Small brass chandeliers donated 1914. The C19 alterations were mainly
the work of the rector, the Rev Tucker who held the living, was Lord of the Manor and
lived at Leigh Court. He died 1870. It is interesting to trace the close relationship
between the lordship of the manor at Leigh Court and the living.
(Photograph in NMR; Anon, St Michaels Church, Angersleigh, not dated).

Listing NGR: ST1990618701

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Source: English Heritage

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