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Church of St Peter, Camerton

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 February 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 32670

OS Grid Reference: ST6869957438
OS Grid Coordinates: 368699, 157438
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3152, -2.4505

Location: Camerton, Bath and North East Somerset BA2 0PU

Locality: Camerton
County: Bath and North East Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA2 0PU

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Listing Text


2/4 Church of St. Peter
G.V. I

Anglican Parish Church. C15, extension (and restoration?) dated 1638, major
restoration and extension 1891 by Garner. Rubble, ashlar, stone slate and
slate roofs. West tower, nave, chancel, north porch, north chapel, south aisle
and vestry. Mainly Perpendicular. Square tower of 3 stages with weathered,
set-back buttresses and south west polygonal stair turret with narrow pointed
door; first stage has plinth, small west door under dripmould below a 3-light
window with a hood mould with - the hallmark of this tower - extraordinarily
large stops, in this case a musician and a woman with rosary, blank to south, to
north a blank 3-light pointed window, heavy hollow moulded tracery, hood mould
has an elephant and a rhinoceros; second stage, above weathered string has one
2-light blank window per side, except east, details as below, stops include
grotesque cat and dog, toad and monk; third stage, above weathered string has
one 2-light window per side, smaller hood moulds, above cornice with gargoyles
is a castellated parapet with crocketted corner pinaccles, stair turret,
slightly higher with smaller castellation. Nave obscured to south by aisle,
visible bay has a 3-light straight head window under hood mould, to north are 2
similar windows below a castellated parapet. Gabled north porch with stone
slates, pointed arch under flat hood mould with decorated spandrels, above is an
empty image niche with nodding canopy and finials, within is a 4-centered arch
doorway with plank door with tracery panels, above is a mutilated image niche.
Gabled north chapel, dated 1638, of 2 bays with thin buttresses, to west is a
3-light restored window as nave above a plank door in a tudor arch, blank
quatrefoil in gable, east end is the same but lacks door, to north 2 similar
windows and castellated parapet. 2-bay gabled chancel of 1891 has to north two
3-light straight head windows with hood moulds, one similar window to south,
large 5-light east window with delicate tracery, chancel is all of ashlar with
extensive red lichen staining. Gabled south aisle, also 1891, has 4 windows
as chancel, 3-light pointed windows east and west, central castellated chimney,
castellated organ loft protrudes at east end, low castellated vestry to south,
both with similar details to aisle. Interior: tower arch has double wave
moulding, nave has 4-bay arcade on octagonal piers to aisle, similar 2 to chapel,
little difference in organ loft and chancel arches restored wagon roof, rood
stair door; Chancel has triple sedilia and 2-tier piscina, like most internal
detail, of 1891. Fittings: much restored octagonal font of C15 ascription
with Jacobean hood; C18 timber pulpit with raised and fielded panels and thin
foliate carving; C17 parish chest. Monuments: the north manor chapel contains
2 glorious Carew monuments. Sir John Carew and hire Elizabeth, 1640,
recumbent figures on a large chest tomb with paired corner pilasters flanking
crests and frieze to ends and praying family and children to sides, a good deal
of colour remains; John Carew, died 1683 and Dorothy, again recumbent figures,
this time with angel on elaborate chest tomb with Ruscan columns and seated
daughters in niches; wall monument, Thomas Carew, 1719, marble, composite
columns, pediment with putti and acroterion, half-relief busts flank coat of
arms, apron with text; another wall monument, Elizabeth Carew, died 1747, dark
marble ground, broken pediment, text supported by scrolls, apron with putto;
Lansdowne family wall monument in aisle, first date 1668, Ionic columns carry
pediment with coat of arms, they flank slate cartouche with memento mori and
text, corbels flank apron with putto and swags; another in nave, Lansdowne
family of Woodborough, first date 1731, marble, fluted pilasters carry frieze
and cornice below family arms; in the aisle is a reclining female figure,
remnant of a late 017 tomb? (Sources: N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England :
North Somerset and Bristol : 1958).

Listing NGR: ST6870157441

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Source: English Heritage

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