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Church of St John the Evangelist, Sutton Veny

Description: Church of St John the Evangelist

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 July 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 313455

OS Grid Reference: ST9026841721
OS Grid Coordinates: 390268, 141721
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1746, -2.1406

Location: 51 High Street, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire BA12 7AR

Locality: Sutton Veny
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 7AR

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Listing Text

ST 94 SW
(east side)
4/233 Church of St John the


Anglican parish church. 1866-68 by J.L. Pearson for Everett
family. Dressed limestone, tiled roof, ashlar spire. Plan: large
cruciform church with aisled nave, south porch and spire to
crossing tower. Geometric Decorated-style. Large gabled south
porch with moulded pointed doorway with attached shafts, angle
buttresses, three small lancets over door. South aisle has four 2-
light pointed windows. South transept with large 4-light
Decorated-style window to south and smaller 4-light window to east,
rectangular stair turret in east angle with chancel. High chancel
has two 3-light Decorated-style windows to south, angle buttresses
to east; large 5-light Decorated-style window. North vestry has
cusped lancets, flat roof, 3-light pointed window to north side
chancel, gabled organ chamber with cusped lancets to plate tracery
window, pointed doorway, clasping buttress with quatrefoils
lighting stair to organ loft. North transept has large rose window
in round-arched panel with roll moulding. North aisle has six 2-
light Decorated-style windows, paired in bays separated by
buttresses with gablets. West window of nave is 5-light, 2-light
to aisles. Roof has moulded eaves cornice, steep pitch, ceramic
ridge cresting, coped verges with cross finials. Two-stage
crossing tower has pairs of 2-light Decorated-style windows to
upper stage, string course to parapet, broach spire with 2-light
Interior: Porch has ribbed pointed barrel-vaulted roof, pointed
inner door with attached shafts, double planked doors with
ornamental hinges. Well proportioned nave and aisles; 3-bay nave
roof with arched braced collar trusses and scissor rafters. Three-
bay north and south arcades; cylindrical piers with moulded
capitals to double-chamfered arches with continuous hoodmoulds.
Lean-to aisle rafter roofs. Plain ashlar walls with sill string
course, tiled floors. High double-chamfered chancel arch with
attached shafts. Rib vaulted crossing on arches with attached
shafts. North and south transepts with pointed barrel-vaulted
roofs with herringbone boarding. Short chancel has fine 2-bay
quadripartite roof with nailhead ornament, windows with rere arches
on attached shafts, polychrome tiled floor, red stencilled wall
decoration depicting saints and Old Testament scenes, possibly by
Clayton and Bell, floral carved stone frieze to A.J. Everett died
1907. Reredos with more stencilled decoration and three pointed
arches. Fine organ by Gray and Davison with decorated pipes
filling arch on north side chancel and east side of north transept.
Cast and wrought-iron screens to transepts. South transept is Anzac
chapel in memory of Australians who died in camps here during 1914-
18 war. Square chamfered font with shafts and stencilled
decoration at west end. Fine stained glass by Clayton and Bell and
two Kempe windows of c1908. Six bells; 1641-1723 brought here
from Church of St. Leonard (q.v.). This church cost over £7,000
and paid for by Everett family of Sutton Veny House (q.v.) to
memory of Joseph Everett died 1865, and to replace Church of St.
Leonard (q.v.). (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire,
1975, A. Quiney, J. L. Pearson, 1979.)

Listing NGR: ST9026841721

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Source: English Heritage

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