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Description: Church of St John the Baptist
Date Listed: 11 September 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 313332
OS Grid Reference: ST8206641414
OS Grid Coordinates: 382066, 141414
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1717, -2.2579
HORNINGSHAM CHURCH LANE
ST 84 SW
2/111 Church of St. John the Baptist
Anglican parish church. C15 tower, remainder rebuilt 1844 by T.H.
Wyatt and D. Brandon. Dressed limestone, tiled roof. Plan: nave
and aisles, chancel with south chapel and north organ chamber,
north porch, south-west tower over entrance. C15 north-west 3-
stage tower has diagonal buttresses, double-chamfered Tudor-arched
west doorway with C19 double doors with ornamental hinges and
hoodmould, restored 3-light Perpendicular window over, offset
bellstage has 2-light Perpendicular windows with decorative pierced
louvres, moulded string course with carved grotesque animals to
battlemented parapet with crocketed corner pinnacles. South aisle
has four 2-light Perpendicular-style windows and cusped lancet to
left, moulded eaves cornice to pitched roof. South chapel has two
ogee cusped lancets, 2-light Perpendicular window to east, diagonal
buttresses. Presbytery has Tudor-arched south doorway and ogee
lancet, east end has 3-light Perpendicular window with ogee
tracery, north side has two ogee lancets, blocking course with
gothic lettering inscriptions to both sides. North aisle has four
2-light Perpendicular windows with hoodmoulds, central gabled porch
with moulded pointed doorway with double doors with ornamental
hinges, coped verge with quatrefoil and lamb. West end has 2-light
Perpendicular window to north aisle, three small cusped lancets and
large 2-light Perpendicular-style window to nave. Octagonal stair
turret with battlemented parapet to north side of tower.
Interior: Entrance in tower has carved ribbed ceiling with rosette
bosses, Tudor-style screen to south aisle. Plain ashlar walls,
tiled floors to unusually broad open interior. Seven-bay nave;
west bay partitioned by ashlar wall with pointed doorway and
painted inscription frieze, carved stone Royal Arms. Good hammer
beam nave roof with carved spandrels. Six-bay north and south
arcades on slender compound columns with foliated capitals and
pointed arches. Very tall wide hollow and roll-moulded chancel
arch with compound pilasters;- chancel same width as nave with fine
4-bay hammer beam roof with carved angels on hammer beams. Two
pointed arches to south chapel and north organ chamber and vestry
with traceried screens, painted biblical inscriptions on friezes,
polychrome tiled floor, some Medieval tiles in presbytery.
Fittings: stone traceried reredos, good brass candelabras,
cylindrical stone pulpit with traceried panels, octagonal stone
font at west end, good quality pews. East window has fine
pictorial stained glass depicting The Crucifixion, 1860s glass in
south chapel and west window. Tablets from earlier church in
vestry: classical marble to Thomas Davis died 1807 by H.
Westmacott and to William Crumbleholme died 1828 by Chapman of
Frome, 1727 stone baroque tablet with illegible inscription.
Rebuilding cost £5100 paid for by Dowager Marchioness of Bath. (N.
Pevsner, The Buildings of England; Wiltshire, 1975.)
Listing NGR: ST8205941413
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Source: English Heritage
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