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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Westwood

Description: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 November 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 314699

OS Grid Reference: ST8121659014
OS Grid Coordinates: 381216, 159014
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3299, -2.2710

Location: Westwood, Wiltshire BA15 2AE

Locality: Westwood
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: BA15 2AE

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Listing Text

(south side)

6/251 Church of St Mary the Virgin



Anglican parish church. C15, restored 1840. Limestone ashlar,
dressed limestone, stone slate roof with coped verges. Plan: west
tower, nave with north chapel, chancel. West entrance in base of
tower has Tudor-arched doorway with double ledged doors and
hoodmould, 3-stage Perpendicular tower has diagonal buttresses,
string courses and 3-light Perpendicular window over doorway,
chamfered arrowloop to middle stage, bellstage has blind traceried
panels and 3-light open panels with latticed stone louvres, string
course with gargoyles to battlemented parapet with traceried panels
and crocketed corner pinnacles, octagonal stair turret on south
east corner with similar decoration and crocketed domed roof.
South side of nave has three 2-light 1840s windows, moulded cornice
to battlemented parapet. Chancel south side rebuilt 1840, retains
trefoil-headed planked door with incised ornament to spandrels,
hoodmould, 2 cinquefoiled lights, C18 memorial tablet with open
pediment on wall to right, 3-light Perpendicular east window,
rubble stone north wall has chamfered lancet. C15 north chapel has
set-back buttresses, 3-light pointed Perpendicular windows to east
and west and two to north, moulded string course with gargoyles and
battlemented parapet, broken pinnacles. North side of nave has one
pointed light with square hoodmould to right of chapel.
Interior: Nave has late C18 coved plaster ceiling in three panels.
Tower arch with traceried panelled soffits, stair turret corbelled
into nave, with carved stone Devil below. C20 wooden screen and
door. Two-bay north chapel of c1400 has moulded piers with
attached shafts, pointed arches, partly restored roof with finely
carved panels with moulded ribs and bosses, east window flanked by
damaged image niches, squint cut into east respond of aisle
arcade. Low moulded pointed chancel arch, chancel has collar
rafter roof, double pointed piscina on south wall with nailhead
ornament. Fittings: Mid C17 chancel screen, formerly a communion
rail, C15 choir stalls with traceried panels, polygonal carved
wooden pulpit dated 1607, late C19 nave seating, octagonal stone
pulpit with finely carved ogee-shaped cover, probably C15. C15
stained glass in chancel, east window depicting Christ on the
cross. Monuments: Rococo stone tablet in nave to John Painter
died 1723 with scrolled pediment and fluted pilasters, large oval
marble tablet to Richard Cox died 1789, with female figure and an
urn. Epitaph on stone tablet with heraldic arms to Charles
Franklin, in chapel.
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975)

Listing NGR: ST8122159013

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Source: English Heritage

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