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Church of St Michael, Coombe Bissett

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 March 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 319433

OS Grid Reference: SU1080426320
OS Grid Coordinates: 410804, 126320
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0361, -1.8473

Location: Thorne Close, Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire SP5 4LY

Locality: Coombe Bissett
County: Wiltshire
Country: England
Postcode: SP5 4LY

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There is also a scheduled monument, Packhorse bridge, 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

(south side)

4/53 Church of St. Michael



Anglican parish church. C12 south aisle, C13 chancel, C14 tower,
C15 nave and north transept, restoration of 1845 by T. H. Wyatt.
Limestone ashlar tower, flint rubble to remainder, Welsh slate and
lead roofs with coped verges and staddlestones. Consists of nave,
north and south aisles, chancel, north transept, south tower and
south porch. Gabled flint porch of mid C19 with pointed door with
hood mould and carved terminals, and cusped lancet to west wall.
South side of aisle has 2-light cusped C16 window, to left, with
hood mould, 3-stage aisle has battlemented parapet to lead roof.
Nave clerestory has two 2-light C16 windows. C14/tower, rebuilt
in ashlar in C15, has heavy diagonal buttressess and 3-light
Perpendicular window with hood mould and carved terminals to first
stage, string course marks second stage and bell stage, which has
2-light Perpendicular windows with louvres and no central mulllion.
Two scratch dials and one sundial on south side. East side has 2-
light windows to second and bell stages, 3-sided stair turret with
chamfered Tudor-arched door and arrow loop to each stage. South
side chancel has central narrow pointed door with hood mould and
terminals, either side is 2-light C16 window with hood mould and
terminals. East end has 3-light pointed Perpendicular window with
hood mould and terminals, flint and brick banding to wall. North
side has two lancets. Gabled north transept has 3-light square-
headed Perpendicular window to east, north window is 3-light
pointed Perpendicular with hood mould. North aisle has chamfered
Tudor-arched door to left and 3-light Perpendicular window to
right, battlemented parapet. Nave clerestory has two 2-light C16
windows. West window is 3-light Perpendicular with moulded string
course carried over.
Interior: South door has Romanesque double chamfered round arch
with C19 ornament and unfinished terminals, in east wall of porch
is blocked shouldered door case. 3-bay nave has C15 king post
roof with carved ceiling bosses and braced tie-beam on carved head
corbels, cusped struts like lights. South arcade has 3 double-
chamfered round arches on one square chamfered pier and one
cylindrical pier with scalloped capital with angle leaves, respond
to west has scalloped capital. North arcade has slender hollow-
chamfered piers with attached shafts, pointed arches are ogee and
hollow-moulded. North transept has same roof type as nave. Organ
occupies east bay of south aisle, blocked pointed door to former
rood loft on 1st floor level of stair turret. Chancel has scissor
roof with collar, and double-chamfered chancel arch, double piscina
on south wall. Fittings: C13 font in south aisle has
cylindrical base with four shafts. Pews and pulpit of 1845. East
window has good stained glass of 1901. Classical wall tablets in
north transept to Elizabeth Fleetwood died 1813, and one to David
Feltham, died 1862.
(N. Pevsner, Buildings of England: Wiltshire 1975).

Listing NGR: SU1080326318

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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