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Church of St Mary, Boyton

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 July 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 313240

OS Grid Reference: ST9504539566
OS Grid Coordinates: 395045, 139566
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1553, -2.0722

Location: Boyton, Wiltshire BA12 0SS

Locality: Boyton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 0SS

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Listing Text

ST 93 NE
(south side)
8/23 Church of St. Mary


Anglican parish church. Late C13, C14, C15, 1860 restoration by
T.H. Wyatt. Flint and limestone chequers, ornamental tiled roof.
Plan: nave, south chapel of c.1280, C14 north transept, 2-stage
C15 north tower with entrance, north west vestry, chancel. North
doorway has late C13 arch with attached shafts, heavily moulded
with dogtooth ornament, possibly reset, double doors with highly
ornamental hinges. Two-stage tower has 2-light Perpendicular window
with louvres to offset bell-stage, string course to battlemented
parapet. To right is lean-to vestry with C14 ogee-headed lancet
and C19 ashlar stack. North transept to left of tower has good C14
3-light window with reticulated tracery and hoodmould, coped verges
to gabled front, east side has two chamfered lancets and blocking
course with pierced trefoils. Chancel has three lancets to north,
diagonal buttresses and group of three C19 stepped lancets to east
under pointed hoodmould, south side has chamfered pointed priest's
doorway and lancet to either side. The south Giffard Chapel has
very fine 3-light pointed east window with geometric tracery and
hoodmould, angle buttresses, south side has three restored lancets
with hoodmoulds, west end has large wheel window with three
quatrefoils and three trefoils with small blind quatrefoil over.
South side of nave has C19 window with hoodmould. West end has
hollow-chamfered Tudor-arched doorway with square hoodmould with
carved spandrels and lozenge labels, C19 door with ornamental
hinges, 3-light Perpendicular window over.
Interior: Porch below tower has double-chamfered pointed inner
doorway, smaller pointed doorway to vestry. Nave has C19 4-bay
arched-braced collar roof on foliated stone corbels, flagstone
floors throughout. North transept has C19 2-bay arched-braced
collar roof, ogee headed piscina on south wall, double ovolo-
moulded pointed arch to nave. Giffard Chapel has especially fine
C13 features; trefoiled piscina and three stepped sedilia with
attached shafts and moulded pinnacles, deeply-splayed window
openings with trefoil rere-arches, 2-bay double-chamfered arcade to
nave with slender attached shafts, C19 2-bay arched-braced collar
roof with end half-bays. In centre of chapel floor is chest tomb
with cinquefoil blind arcading and moulded top; Lady Margaret
Giffard died 1338, in arcade is recumbent effigy of Sir Alexander
Giffard died 1250, but probably late C13 effigy. Chancel has C19
scissor rafter roof, C13 trefoiled piscina and three stepped
sedilia with attached shafts; similar to Chapel, C19 Albany
Hatchment on north wall, C17 style bench ends to choir stalls, east
window contains fragments of medieval glass, assembled 1960 and
possibly from Salisbury Cathedral. Elaborately carved wooden
pulpit with hexagonal sounding board, of 1964. C13 cylindrical
font at west end of nave. West window stained glass by Horwood of
Mells, 1960 reset C17 and C18 roudels in Giffard Chapel glass,
1860s glass in north chapel. Several wall tablets to Fane family
of Boyton Manor in Gifford Chapel. Giffard Chapel probably founded
c.1280 by Walter and Godfrey Giffard, respectively Archbishop and
Bishop of York. (N. Pevsner, Buildings of England, Wiltshire,

Listing NGR: ST9504439578

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Source: English Heritage

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