Description: Church of St Swithin
Date Listed: 26 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 318190
OS Grid Reference: SU2319883292
OS Grid Coordinates: 423198, 183292
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5481, -1.6668
5410 BISHOPSTONE CHURCH ROW
Church of St Swithin
SU 2383 27/3 26.1.55
Small Norman church recast in Perpendicular style. Three bay aisled nave with
south porch. Small west tower. Two bay chancel. Rubble with stone tile roof,
nave roof lead. late C15 3 light square headed foiled windows to clerestory
and aisles, labels with shaped stops. Two stage unbuttressed west.tower with
pyramidal tiled roof and no west door; Somerset tracery. Gabled south porch
circa 1500, possibly earlier, with moulded square headed surround and a 4 centred
arch, with traceried spandrels. South doorway C12 with billet hood-mould.
Small north door (C19, facing Vicarage). Priest's door to chancel.
Interior: 2 bay round arched arcade with circa 1170s scallop caps and responds
to south (squat earlier looking piers). North arcade C13. Interesting Norman
font: tub on stem, upper band of triangular headed arcading, then a band of
saltire crosses, next a band of pre-Urnes-type interlace and a scroll pattern
with an animal; band of cable work; lower band of compass scratched intersecting
circles. Roof: moulded ties with braces from corbels and moulded king posts,
panelled. Victorian box pews. 1637 pulpit and reading desk. Chancel: pointed
circa 1200 chancel arch with stiff leaf type crocket nook shafts and chamfered
arches. Two light and quatrefoil chancel windows have rere-arches (but not
in sanctuary). Three light reticulated (probably C19 restoration) East window.
Memorial to Elizabeth Kete (died 1630), bracketted columns flanking tablet and
Small graveyard contains a number of C18 and C19 headstones and tomb chests.
There is a good mid-C18 example in the north-west angle of the church with scroll
brackets in rebates, panels with carved drapery and oval panels with angels
in the corners.
Listing NGR: SU2319583289
Source: English Heritage
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.