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Church of St Mary, West Buckland

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 271150

OS Grid Reference: ST1733720468
OS Grid Coordinates: 317337, 120468
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9777, -3.1788

Location: 14 Church Dr, West Buckland, Somerset TA21 9LZ

Locality: West Buckland
Local Authority: Taunton Deane Borough Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: TA21 9LZ

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Listing Text


5/207 Church of St Mary



Parish church. C13 in origin, aisles early C14, late C14 south chapel, late C15 north
chapel, tower C1509, restored 1891. Chert random rubble, tower coursed red sandstone,
Ham stone dressings, porch Ham stone and local gray sandstone, slate roofs, coped
verges. West tower, 2-bay aisled nave, north chapel and smaller south chapel, south
porch, chancel. Crenellated 3-stage tower, pinnacles and corbelled out intermediate
pinnacles, diagonal buttressed , string courses, moulded plinths, 2-light bell opening
with Somerset tracery, small lancet; 3-light west window with continuous hood mould,
resting on string, deeply moulded arched hexagonal stair turret centre of south face;
diagonally buttressed , crenellated south aisle and chapel, 3-light windows flanking
single storey gabled porch, chamfered arched opening, ribbed barrel vault roof with
wall plate, holy water stoup beside moulded arched inner doorway, C19 double doors;
road stair projection, 3-light windows south and east faces of chapel Projection with
priests door, 3-light window on south face of diagonally buttressed chancel, 4-light
east window, lancet north face, 3-light east end of north chapel, three 3-light
windows on north wall with square hood moulds, stepped buttressed between and blocked
aisle doorway, single storey late C19-early C20 lean-to addition west end on north
aisle. Interior: rendered, exposed west end of south aisle. Octagonal piers carrying
arcade chamfered in 2 orders, many alterations at crossing, depressed arch between
south aisle and chapel, between chancel and chapel chamfered in 2 orders, north chapel
Perpendicular arch chancel, shallow arch chamfered in 2 orders with colonetts to
aisle; chancel arch chamfered with C19 corbelled out capitals; tall tower arch
chamfered in 3 orders and set on the skew. Stone road stair in situ. Roofs: Chancel
restored open wagon, moulded ribs and bosses and crenellated wallplate; nave ceiled
wagon roof, dentil cornice; 4-panel compartment ceiling south chapel, plaster barrel
vault in north chapel, C19 compartment ceiling to aisles. Sanctuary set with good
slate slabs to members of the Thurston family, Malchie a doctor, died 1701. Grace his
wife died 1700, and a repaired one to Edward died 1683. Square font columns of the
Purbeck type, 4-bay arcade on 2 sides, C15 leaf carvings on another 2. C19 stone
pulpit, pine pews and cast iron altar rails. Stained glass. North aisle window by
Morris and Co 1880s. The alterations to the fabric make the evolution of the building ' `
unclear. (Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; Kellys Directory,

Listing NGR: ST1733820466

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Source: English Heritage

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