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Church of St Andrew, Castle Combe

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 December 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 317212

OS Grid Reference: ST8415277189
OS Grid Coordinates: 384152, 177189
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4934, -2.2297

Location: West Street, Castle Combe, Wiltshire SN14 7HT

Locality: Castle Combe
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN14 7HT

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There is also a scheduled monument, Medieval Market Cross Immediately East of St Andrew's Church, 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 8477
(west side)
6/122 Church of St. Andrew

Anglican parish church, mostly C15 but with C13 work in chancel and
C14 in north-east chapel. Restored c1850-1. Rubble stone and
ashlar with stone tile roofs. West tower, nave, aisles, south
porch, chancel and north-east and south-east chapels. Fine ashlar
3-stage tower, begun 1434, with broad diagonal buttresses, south-
east stair turret with crocketted spirelet, panelled battlements
and corner pinnacles, buttresses with attached pinnacles on set-
offs central to each tower stage. Four-centred arched west
doorway with oak plank door and fine deep-set 4-light west window
with statue in canopied niche each side. 3-light bell-openings
with pierced stone panelling to lights. 3-bay nave and aisles, 2-
light clerestory windows with hoods, long 3-light flat-headed aisle
windows, carved stops to hoods, battlements, buttresses and east
end pinnacles to aisles. Ashlar south porch, apparently C19
rebuilt. Chamfered pointed south doorway. 2-bay chancel and
north-east chapel, one bay south-east chapel. South-east chapel
with rood stair projecting, flat-head 3-light south window and
arched 3-light east window with low door in angle to chancel.
Chancel with C15 3-light south window and late C13 4 trefoil-head
lancets with quatrefoil over to east end. North-east chapel has 3-
light C14 flowing traceried east window and 2-light C15 flat-headed
north window.
Interior: Fan-vaulted tower with tall tower arch and C15 door to
stair turret. Slim nave piers, 4 shafts, 4 hollows in section,
with fine carved foliage and figure capitals. Carved head corbels
to nave and aisles carrying roofs apparently Cl9 but possibly with
reused bosses to aisles and timbers to nave arched braced collar
roof. East end rose window, C19. Exceptional carved chancel arch
with 3 statuettes under canopies to each arch and plant stem
carving to flanking moulding. Chancel with boarded roof, 7-bay C13
east wall arcade, renewed c1851, trefoil heads and carved
spandrels, under east window in splayed reveal flanked by shafted
lancet panels. Chancel fittings c1851 including floor tiles with
Scrope arms, family pew, east window by Ward & Nixon and south
window by Gibbs. South-east chapel has organ and Scrope armorial
glass to east window. North-east chapel has C15 oak screen, fine
c1300 effigy of Knight and 1851 Gothic canopied monument to Scrope
family. Scrope armorial glass to east window by Ward & Nixon and
to north window. Nave C15 wood pulpit and remarkable stone font,
C14, octagonal bowl with book-rest on quatrefoil base with openwork
carved piers. Aisle and south-east chapel east windows have c1851
patterned quarry glass with coloured borders. North aisle, 1588
inscribed tablet to R. Gill. Various C18 and C19 wall monuments in
aisles and tower notably to W. Fisher 1764 in south aisle and 2
earlier C18 pedimented monuments under tower. West window c1851 by
Ward & Nixon. (E. Cruse: Castle Combe, 1965 P. 56-65).

Listing NGR: ST8415677189

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Source: English Heritage

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