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Church of St Cosmas and St Damian, Sherrington

Description: Church of St Cosmas and St Damian

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 September 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 313565

OS Grid Reference: ST9603239199
OS Grid Coordinates: 396032, 139199
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1520, -2.0581

Locality: Sherrington
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA12 0SN

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There is also a scheduled monument, Sherrington Castle Mound: Motte Castle East of Sherrington Manor, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

ST 93 NE
(north side)
7/92 Church of St Cosmas
and St Damian (formerly listed as
11.9.68 Church of St Michael and All Angels)
Anglican parish church. C14, rebuilt 1624. Dressed limestone,
fishscale tiled roof with stone slate eaves and coped verges.
Plan: nave with west bellcote, south porch, chancel. Gabled south
porch with semi-circular arched doorway with cyma moulding and
imposts, coped verge, stone slate roof, recessed panel with arms of
Thomas Lambert of Boyton and date 1624 over door, initials SG
inscribed on stone to right. Nave has 2-light square-headed window
with plain pointed lights to left and right of porch and single
semi-circular headed window to right, buttress with offsets.
Chancel has two C14 two-light square-headed windows with ogee
cusping to south and north, diagonal buttresses and 4-light C14
window with interlaced tracery to east, north side also has ovolo-
moulded pointed doorway with lozenge-shaped datestone over
inscribed TL/1624/HG; datestone inscribed 1624/HG over east
window. North side of nave has blocked pointed doorway, 2-light
C17 windows with pointed lights either side, buttresses with
offsets. West end has diagonal buttresses, C14 three-light window
with reticulated tracery, chamfered lancet over. C19 bellcote in
ashlar to west gable with chamfered Tudor-arched openings and
hoodmoulds with foliated terminals, fleur de lis shaped ridge
Interior: Porch has fixed stone benches, pointed chamfered inner
doorway with good ledged door. Nave has plastered barrel-vaulted
roof with ovolo-moulded wooden ribs and carved bosses, divided into
5 bays, flagstone floors. Plastered walls with good surviving
painted cartouches with Biblical inscriptions and prayers, one with
date 1630, uncovered 1939 and restored by Janet Becker. Moulded
pointed chancel arch, chancel has 2-bay collar-truss roof with
clasped purlins, previously plastered and ceiled at collar.
Fittings: Good little altered fittings of early C17 throughout
church. C17 pews with shell-headed bench ends'with floral carving,
some strapwork friezes on high-backed pew near south door,
polygonal carved wooden pulpit, communion table with turned legs,
communion rails with turned balusters and Tuscan newels, strapwork
carving on rail. Restored C13 octagonal stone font at west end
with C17 wooden cover. Queen Ann Royal Arms over chancel arch.
Panelled reredos in chancel in same style as pews, in memory of
rector died 1909. Stained glass of 1900 in east window, some reset
C17 roundels of Flemish glass in chancel. Monuments include a
limestone gothic-style tablet in chancel to Mason Anderson died
(N. Pevsner, The Build of England, Wiltshire, 1975; R.D.
Richardson, Church Guide)

Listing NGR: ST9603539198

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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