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Church of St Mary Magdalen, South Marston

Description: Church of St Mary Magdalen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 January 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 318524

OS Grid Reference: SU1953487991
OS Grid Coordinates: 419535, 187991
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5904, -1.7194

Location: 1 Church Farm Lane, South Marston, Swindon SN3 4SJ

Locality: South Marston
County: Swindon
Country: England
Postcode: SN3 4SJ

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Listing Text

Church of St Mary
SU 18 NE 8/411 26.1.55


Small mediaeval parish church with west tower. Built of rubble with ashlar
quoins and dressings. Stone tile roof. Crenellated parapet to nave. Four
bay aisleless nave, mostly in Perpendicular style with flat headed 2-light
windows; contemporary south porch retaining one pinnacle above a diagonal
buttress and sundial over entrance.
North and south doors plain C12 retained from earlier church.
C13 2 bay chancel with stepped lancet east window. Two stage crenellated
C15 tower with corbelled diagonal pinnacles (probably a C19 addition), south
stair turret and diagonal buttresses to west. West door in Perpendicular
style with large 3 light west window over. Above is a niche with C19 or modern
statue of Christ. Unusual sanctus turret of octagonal shape with ogee decoration
to openings and with weathervane. This with the south chapel (forming gabled
transept) and crenellations are by John Belcher 1886. Vestry to north-east.
Interior: chancel lancets have unusual rere-splays. Reredos and chancel arch
with nodding ogee canopies date from 1886 restoration. Memorials: lies Charity
luke (died 1719), in south chapel; Thomas Freke 1721; Anthony Southby 1759;
Anne Southby (died 1770) small urn on angel corbel.
Well stocked graveyard to south with head stones (some double) and table tombs
- mostly C18 and C19.

Listing NGR: SU1953687991

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Source: English Heritage

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