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Church of St Mary, Nettleton

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 December 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 317419

OS Grid Reference: ST8160979375
OS Grid Coordinates: 381609, 179375
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5130, -2.2664

Location: Church Hill, Nettleton, Wiltshire SN14 7LR

Locality: Nettleton
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SN14 7LR

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Listing Text

ST 87 NW
2/327 Church of St. Mary


Anglican parish church, C13, C14 and C15, ashlar and rubble stone
with stone tiled roofs and coped gables. West tower, nave, south
porch and south transept, north aisle, north porch, north east
chapel and chancel. Fine C15 tower similar to those at Yatton
Keynell and West Kington. 3.stages with diagonal buttresses, heavy
moulded plinth, and stringcourses. Moulded pointed west doorway
with plank door set in shallow stone porch with cambered arched
head. C15 4-light west window with hood. Plain second stage and
top stage with panelled sides, 3 panels, each of 2 tiers of cusped
paired panels. Top centre pair pierced for 2-light bell-openings,
infilled with quatrefoil pierced stone screens. Dripcourse,
panelled battlements and pinnacles. Nave has C15 east end Sanctus-
bell turret and south side mostly C15 with a 3-light Perpendicular
flat-headed window with hood each side of gabled south porch with
moulded archway and plank door. High plinth moulding. South
transept apparently C15 with stepped buttress in line with south
gable and 3-light pointed C15 south window with hood. In angle to
nave south east corner a large flat buttresses. Chancel mostly C15
with heavy high plinth moulding, stepped south buttress, diagonal
east buttresses, 3-light and 2-light flat-headed south windows
with hoods and pointed C15 3-light east window with hood. North
east chapel has similar high plinth moulding around north east
angle but east window is C14 3-light with cusped reticulated
tracery. North C15 3-light flat-headed window with hood and
priests door to west, low moulded arched doorway with framed plank
door and sloping stone hood on brackets over. North aisle
probably C13 much altered in c15, continuous roof with north east
chapel. Flat buttresses to east end and west ends, north side.
From east, a C15 3-light flat-headed window with hood and large
carved head stops, a trefoil-head C13 single light, fine C15 porch
and another C15 flat-headed 3-light window with carved heads to
hood. Porch has high heavy moulded plinth, stepped angle and side
buttresses, string course and moulded parapet course with 2 carved
gargoyles beneath each side. Panelled battlements, missing on west
side and surmounted by small gable with niche to front. Moulded
pointed archway and moulded pointed inner archway with oak plank
door and small rectangular trefoil-head panel over. Porch has
tierceron-star vault on carved head corner corbels and with carved
bosses. Gabled west end of aisle has pointed C15 3-light window
with hood.
Interior: Moulded shafted C15 tower arch. Nave with C15 plastered
wagon roof in 10 bays with moulded ribs rising from carved corbel
heads. Divided into panels by moulded ridge and horizontal member
each side with carved bosses at intersections. Last 2 bays further
subdivided into smaller panels. South doorway has fielded-panelled
pointed door. One south window has crocketted niche in east
reveal. Stair through wall at west side of transept to fine C15
stone pulpit with canted panelled front. South transept has
moulded beam across carried on curved brackets from corbel heads.
Small niche to left of south window. 5-bay north arcade apparently
C13 with double chamfer arches with hoods and carved head stops.
Circular piers on raised moulded square base. Carved capitals of
late Norman or Transitional form, some with scallop carving, some
with ballflower to lower moulding. Octagonal abaci. Fine Norman
circular font fluted below, scales above and upper zigzag band.
Continuous 2-hollow mouldings to chancel arch. 4 bay C15 roof,
restored, plastered wagon roof with moulded ribs. Small north wall
niche and south wall credence shelf. North aisle and chapel have
plastered wagon roof, stone seat on part of north wall and small
niche in chapel. Furnishings: early C18 altar rails, late C19
reredos with terracotta Last Supper panel by G. Tinworth of
Doulton's. 2 early to mid C18 wall monuments on chancel north wall
and one of c1714 on south side. 2 late C17 brasses by pulpit. 3
C18 box pews in north aisle. Much C19 stained glass, some of c1854
with arms of G. P. Scrope of Castle Combe in north aisle and south
transept, faded, c1874 north east window and much pictorial glass
of c1890 signed E. Suffling in east, west, one chancel south
window, 2 nave south windows and one north aisle windows.

Listing NGR: ST8159579374

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Source: English Heritage

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