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Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ashill, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9508 / 50°57'2"N

Longitude: -2.9677 / 2°58'3"W

OS Eastings: 332116

OS Northings: 117263

OS Grid: ST321172

Mapcode National: GBR M6.NKXL

Mapcode Global: FRA 46NL.KMN

Entry Name: Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Listing Date: 4 February 1958

Last Amended: 29 October 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1057100

English Heritage Legacy ID: 263898

Location: Ashill, South Somerset, Somerset, TA19

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Ashill

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Ashill

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Listing Text

ASHILL CP ASHILL VILLAGE
ST31NW
2/1 Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(formerly listed as Church of St
Mary)
4.2.58
GV II*

Anglican parish church, C12 or C13, with various later alteration, Local stone rubble, with some grey lias stone, Has
stone dressings; plain clay tiled roofs with coped gables, and bands of scalloped tiles to chancel. Two-cell plan of
single-bay chancel and 3-bay nave, with north and south porches and west tower, Chancel plain, with cill-high plinth,
on east side; east window 3-light C15 traceried, set in hollowed recess under square-stopped arched label; north window
a 2-light, probably C19, in moulded reveal; on south side two 2-light plate-tracery windows with plain arched labels,
and between them a small moulded pointed-arched doorway. Nave also plain, with buttresses to corners at west end; on
south side two 2-light late C15 flat-arched windows with cinquefoil cusped ogee-head lights and quatrefoil spandril
under deep square labels having shield stops; one similar window west of north porch, and to east a C19 reconstruction
of a C13 plate-traceried window. Simple south porch, the pointed-arched doorway almost totally blocked and a small C20
window inserted: north porch also plain, with chamfered segmental-pointed outer arch, and semi-circular arched ribbed
ceiling vault; stone bench seats; the inner archway of C12 or C13, stilted segmental with chevron decoration, the side
shafts octagonal on plan with one cushion and one scallop capital. The west tower in 2 stages; plinth, angled corner
buttresses with offset to nearly full height, string courses, corner gargoyles to top, battlemented parapet; moulded
4-centre-arched west doorway in rectangular recess with quatrefoil panel spandrils and deep square label; above a
3-light 4-centre- arched window with simple C16 or C17 tracery set in deep hollowed recess with label over; otherwise
stage one plain: to second stage are 2-light C15 traceried windows with horizontal baffles, that on the south face part
blocked; additional small rectangular window below in west face: on north- east corner a rectangular plan stair turret
to above tower height, crowned with weathervane dated 1867. Interior not accessible, but reported is a chancel arch
with chevron decoration, altered, with two blocked recesses for side altars; inner shafts and rere-arches of Decorated
period to chancel windows; cinquefoil rere-arch to north-east nave window, Fittings include an early C17 pulpit, and a
C15 octagonal font. In the north wall of the nave two early C14 tomb recesses, one with the effigy of a lady of c1300,
the other is of a knight of c1380. (Pevsner, N. Buildings of England South and West Somerset, 1958),


Listing NGR: ST3211617263

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