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Description: Church of St Swithin
Date Listed: 20 December 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 316278
OS Grid Reference: SU0308371599
OS Grid Coordinates: 403083, 171599
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4434, -1.9570
COMPTON BASSETT COMPTON BASSETT VILLAGE
SU 07 SW
Church of St Swithin
Anglican parish church, C12 and C13, externally C15 with chancel
and side chapels of 1865 by H. Woodyer. Ashlar, with squared
rubble stone to C19 work, stone slate roofs and some Welsh slate.
C15 west tower, nave with C15 clerestorey and aisles, 1865 north
porch, 1865 chancel with lean-to side chapels. Three-stage tower
with plinth full-height diagonal buttresses, dripcourses, 2-light
bell-openings and embattled parapet. North side canted stair-
tower. Low four-centred arched west door under deep-set 3-light
hoodmoulded west window and small 2-light, similar to bell-
openings, in second stage above. Nave has coped east gable, 3-
window clerestorey of flat-headed 3-light windows, all but one with
cusped heads. Coved cornice. Lean-to embattled aisles with
coved cornices and buttresses each end. North aisle has C19
squared rubble porch, coped with crocketed angle pinnacles and
cross finial. Four-centred arched entry. Four-centred arched
doorway within with cusped niche over. To right a C19 four-
centred arched 3-light window, to left a C17 long 2-light with
arched heads. South aisle has two windows, one similar C19 window
and a cusped flat-headed 3-light. Chancel has coped east gable,
eaves corbel table, 3-light east window and 2-light each side
adjoining east end. North side lean-to has east 2-light and north
cusped-headed door with cross under hoodmould above and two 2-
lights. South lean-to has four narrow cusped lancets, cusped-
headed door and east 2-light. Both sides have slate roofs.
Tracery of 1865 work generally with foiled circles above lights.
Interior: 3-bay C15 panelled cradle roof with timber wall shafts
from carved corbel heads. West wall shows line of earlier roof.
Moulded C15 tower arch. Three-bay arcades with 2-chamfer arches,
round piers, round bases and varied caps. South side has moulded
round caps. North side has square caps with varied scallop and
scroll mouldings. Finely moulded C14 chancel arch, obscured by
superb C15 verandah-type stone screen with deep panelled cove
carried on three 4-centred arches. Arches each have four renewed
figures under crocketed ogee canopies. Rosettes in mouldings,
pierced fretwork to arch heads, carved spandrels, foliage frieze,
fleuron frieze and brattishing. Inside, panelled stone roof
sloping down to stone screen, arch with three ogee over-lights and
three ogee-headed single lights each side. Spiky painted iron
gates of 1865. Door to rood stair. Aisles have lean-to roofs,
plastered to north, C15 timbers to south. Chancel has unusually
sharply pointed 3-bay arcades each side on round piers. Third
arch on north has vestry door with good lettering over. Sanctuary
windows are marble shafted. Five-bay stone reredos with gabled
niches, cross to centre and angels with emblems of the Passion each
side. South side pointed arched recessed seat.
Fittings: badly faded east window by Hardman (Pevsner) c1865,
north 2-light of c1878, south of c1885. Oak stalls by Woodyer.
South-east window of c1886. Large stone pulpit by Woodyer and
fine painted iron lectern by Woodyer, south aisle stained glass of
c1875 and c1901, north aisle faded glass of 1856. C19 octagonal
font. Small north aisle plaque by E.H. Baily to A. Walker Heneage
died 1828. Large west family pew of Walker Heneage family, early
C19 fronted with re-used traceried C15 bench ends.
(N. Pevsner Wiltshire 1975 188-9)
Listing NGR: SU0308271598
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