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Parish Church of St Andrew, Banwell

Description: Parish Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 9 February 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 33352

OS Grid Reference: ST3994959133
OS Grid Coordinates: 339949, 159133
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3281, -2.8632

Location: 12 Church Street, Banwell BS29 6EA

Locality: Banwell
County: North Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BS29 6EA

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There is also a scheduled monument, Romano-British Villa, Banwell, 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


4/14 Parish Church of St. Andrew

G.V. I

Parish Church, (Anglican). C15, restored early and mid C19. Ashlar, rubble,
lead roofs. West tower, nave north and south aisles, south porch, chancel; all
Perpendicular. Tower, ashlar, tall 4 stages with set back buttresses joined
across the angle and a south east half octagon stair turret; first stage is
blank north and south and has a west door under a heavily moulded pointed arch
with drip mould with decorative stops, above that a tall 4 light window under a
hoodmould; at junction of each stage, buttresses have weathered setbacks;
second stage has 2 light windows under hoodmoulds and with label cills to north,
south and west, that to west is blank with a lily in a vase and is flanked by
niches containing Gabriel and Mary, the figures of the Annunciation; third stage
has windows as second on all sides, clock face to west; fourth stage has 2 two
light windows to north and south, 3 two light windows to east and west; they are
divided by attached shafts with pinnacles which rise from string to cornice,
buttresses become diagonal and bear pairs of crocketed shafts; trefoil pierced
parapet with gargoyles and corner finials; panelled top stage to stair turret
with octagonal, conical cap. Nave has 5 pointed 3 light clearstorey windows
under a continuous dripstone; attached shafts between each window rise through
parapet to crocketed pinnacles; north east and south east polygonal rood stair
turrets rise to caps as tower turret. North and south aisles have windows as
clearstorey but taller, they also appear east and west, all divided by buttresses,
parapet as nave and tower; centre bay to north has inserted door, pointed arch
decorated with fleurons under square dripmould. South porch has 3 light square
head window over heavily moulded south doorway, polygonal parvice stair, parapet
as tower inner porch door restored as at north with fleurons and masonic symbols;
under east pier of this door is a fragment of Saxon work with interlaced
decoration. Chancel has 2 three light windows under dripmoulds divided by
buttresses, diagonal buttresses at east and a shortened east window of 5 lights;
south priest's door; at north attached C19 vestry and C20 boiler room.
Interior; tall moulded tower arch under line of first roof which predates
clearstorey, St. Andrew in niche, now indoors; nave of 5 bays piers with hollows
and attached shafts with capitals; clearstorey windows under continuous
moulding which meets angel corbels from which roof springs; fine ribbed wagon
roof with much embellished wallplates from which tracery extends down into the
spandrels below; angels over each window, floral bosses at every junction;
similar flat north aisle roof, C20 replacement to south aisle. Superb 7 bay
rood screen of 1522, panelled dado with linenfold, Perpendicular tracery, fans
rise to carry a multi frieze cornice, wider central bay has pair of doors; rood
stair entrance to left under ogee arch with head corbel; chancel has C19
reredos and painted wagon roof and remains of aumbry and piscina. Fittings;
perpendicular stone pulpit with crocketed tracery rising to frieze and under a
sounding board dated 1621; C12 font with later floral motif; poppy head
benches in nave; churchwardens' coat of arms in strapwork dates from
Restoration but is overpainted in 1805. Glass; C15 fragments are reset in east
windows of both aisles, whither they were removed in 1813 from the roof screen.
Memorials; 7 late C18/early C19 tablets, white casket and eulogy on dark
grounds. (Sources: Pevsner: The Buildings of England : North Somerset and
Bristol, 1958; Bromwich : Banwell Parish Church, St. Andrew).

Listing NGR: ST3994759134

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Source: English Heritage

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