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Description: Parish Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 9 February 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 33394
OS Grid Reference: ST3795757287
OS Grid Coordinates: 337957, 157287
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3113, -2.8915
ST 35 NE LOXTON CHRISTON
4/55 Parish Church of St. Mary
Parish church (Anglican). C12, C14, C16, 1875. Rubble, squared quoins slate
and clay tile roofs, raised coped verges. Nave, south porch, central tower,
chancel. 3 bay nave with heavy weathered buttresses; neo-Norman west window
has recessed colonnettes with scallop capitals and outer scallopped corbels which
carry a decorated dripmould; similar windows north and south carry no inner
order; slate pitched roof to plain gable. Gabled south porch, clay tile roof,
arch-head opening and low stone seat around C12 doorway; inner arch has paired
chevrons making lozenges on main face and return, then colonnettes with scallop
capitals support a frieze of chevrons on 2 faces, all surmounted by drip
decorated with greek key. Tower of 2 stages; first, plain has dressed stone at
corners, single square lights at ground and belfry and a plain stair turret with
one circular light and lean-to roof at north east corner; second stage has plain
parapet above string course carried on decorative corbels, mainly grotesque and
single lights below. Gabled chancel has some rubble in diagonal courses; neo-
norman west window has 2 round headed lights in colonnettes with scallop capitals
and small central oculus above in arched recess; restored 2 light north and
south windows and south priest's door. Interior; 3 bay nave with wagon roof,
perpendicular but 1536, large and small bosses alternate along spine, embattled
wallplate, one nave window has cusped rear arch; central tower has two restored
arches which take the motifs of the south door, colonnettes, twisted to nave
arch, plain to chancel; above, paired chevrons making lozenges surmounted by
greek key; groin vaulted tower has 4 heavy ribs which sit on grotesque dragon-
like corbels; chancel, north and south windows have trefoil cusped rear arches.
Fittings; C12 font, square with cross and chevron decoration on 3 sides, stands
on plain circular capital on plinth; neo-Norman pulpit with colonnade; timber
communion table and reredos of 1950; boiler screen of 1978 has some very fine
carved timber detail. Tablet by T. King of Bath to Anne S.E. Gore, 1793.
Glass; tower south window has mediaeval fragments; nave south window depicting
Madonna and Child by W. Morris and Co.
Listing NGR: ST3795857287
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Source: English Heritage
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