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Church of St Bridget, Brockley

Description: Church of St Bridget

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 October 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 33443

OS Grid Reference: ST4661868367
OS Grid Coordinates: 346618, 168367
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4118, -2.7689

Location: Chelvey Road, Brockley, North Somerset BS48 4AA

Locality: Brockley
County: North Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BS48 4AA

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Churchyard Cross in St Bridget's Churchyard, Chelvey, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text

ST 46 NE BROCKLEY CHELVEY (north side)

G.V. I

Parish Church (Anglican). C12, altered c. 1300 (chancel), C14 and C15. West
tower, nave, south aisle and chapel, south porch, chancel. Coursed rubble with
freestone dressings, ashlar porch; slate roofs with coped raised verges. West
tower of 3 stages with diagonal buttresses; pierced parapet of trefoils within
triangles, corner pinnacles; 2-light bellchamber openings with cusped tracery;
3-light Perpendicular style west window and west door in moulded surround and
under plain hoodmould; projecting polygonal stair tower on a square base to the
north-east. Nave has two 3-light Perpendicular style windows (restored) with
cusped tracery; central buttress with off-sets. Chancel has two single light
cusped lancet windows; the east window is similar to the nave windows. South
aisle and chapel: the east and 3 south windows are all 2-light, early Perpendicular
style windows with plain ogee heads to the lights. The south porch is slightly
set back behind the south aisle: diagonal buttress with off-sets; blank arcaded
parapet; double wave moulding to the outer door; possibly reset C12 window on
west wall. South doorway is mid C12: single columns with scalloped capitals,
inner roll-moulding and thick roll-moulded arched; stoup to right with cusped
ogee head. Interior. Tower arch of 2 wave moulding. The chancel is marked
by a projection inwards of the north wall. Blocked north door with a chamfered
surround and a depressed 2-centred arch. 2 bay arcade to south aisle and a
smaller bay to the south chapel; the piers have alternating columns and wave
mouldings; 4-centred arches. Chancel: the north windows have deep embrasures;
the reredos is C19 but the frame is late C15 or C16, rectangular, decorated with
fleurons and a crested top, the centre of which forms a canopy which rises above
the window sill; flanking, plain, square-headed image niches; stone dado of the
rood screen survives with a mortised sill beam for the screen. South aisle;
ribbed and panelled roof with moulded wall- plates; rectangular, moulded surround
to an inset for a reredos; flanking cusped ogee-headed image niches; piscina
with cusped ogee head; 3 recessed niches in south wall with cusped and crocketted
ogee canopies and blank arcaded bases. Pulpit: C19, wooden polygonal top on
an ashlar base; behind is a blocked, chamfered doorway (probably to a missing or
hidden rood stair). Font: probably C12 but recut; ashlar, octagonal bowl on
an octagonal stem; C17 top. Pews: the front of the south nave pews is dated
1621/W.G. (William Gregory, Rector), panelled with a foliage frieze; the south
chapel has 7 coarsely cut mediaeval benches, some retaining lozenge-shaped poppy
heads and at the west end is the Tynte family pew, Jacobean, a panelled front
with a foliage frieze and urn finials, the door has double S-shaped hinges, a
high back with blank arcading, an enriched frieze and a moulded cornice;
4 further coarsely cut mediaeval benches to west end of south side of nave; wall
painting, on the north chancel wall, of a ragged cross with a circle. Glass.
Nave, north side; late C15 reversed pane of glass bearing arms; fragments of
C14 yellow glass as symbols of the Evangelists. Chancel, east window; 013 and
C15 fragments, including the head of Christ and a tonsured head of a male saint
with roses, crowns and borderwork. South aisle; several sun roundels.
Monument: incised Purbeck slab to a knight, reset in the south chapel, probably
1250-1270. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol,
1958. C. Woodforde, The Stained Glass of Somerset, 1250-1830; 1946).

Listing NGR: ST4661868369

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Source: English Heritage

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