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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Axbridge, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2878 / 51°17'15"N

Longitude: -2.8166 / 2°48'59"W

OS Eastings: 343151

OS Northings: 154608

OS Grid: ST431546

Mapcode National: GBR JF.Z279

Mapcode Global: VH7CV.4WBP

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 9 February 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1173117

English Heritage Legacy ID: 268697

Location: Axbridge, Sedgemoor, Somerset, BS26

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor

Civil Parish: Axbridge

Built-Up Area: Axbridge

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

ST4354 AXBRIDGE THE SQUARE (north sidel

12/44 Church of St John The Baptist



Parish church. Whole of c1400, restored 1888 by J D Sedding. Coursed and squared rubble, freestone dressings, gabled
lead roofs with cruciform finials. Nave and chancel with aisles, crossing tower with transepts, broad west porch
incorporating 2 rooms, further porch to south. Elaborate tower with set-back buttresses rising to pinnacles, parapet
around top stage pierced with quatrefoils. Stair turret, 2-light bell-chamber windows with a repeating blank window
each side; on the east and west sides figures of St John and Henry VIII. Tower parapet repeats over the aisles and west
porch. All windows of restored Perpendicular type, except the east windows of the aisles altered C17 to provide for
monuments, east chancel window reputedly of l857. Stone panelled roof to south porch; to the nave a plaster ceiling
dated 1636, ribbed with pendants the tower with a fan-vault; the aisle roofs with Perpendicular panelled lean-to's; C19
wagon roofs to the transepts and chancel. 4-bay arcades to the nave differentiated only by the leaf decoration on the
south capitals. Identical arches leading to the chancel aisles and transcepts, some with leaf capitals, some with
angles. Richly furnished; octagonal Perpendicular font; chandelier of 1730; some remains of wall painting; brass in
north transept to Roger Harper and wife of 1493; C17 bier in south transept; painted C17 chest in south transept; many
large wall monuments, particularly to Prowse family who have connections with Compton House(qv), that to south chancel
aisle with a kneeling figure of Anne Prowse of 1668, in north chancel aisle William Prowse, depicted as a three-quarter
figure in an oval niche of 1670; further fine monuments to Thomas Welsh of 1678, J Andrews of 1720, Johns Tuthil of
1716 and Thomas Prowse of 1767; further C17 chest in north aisle; small C17 reading desk; painting to south transept of
Christ showing his wounds, probably C15 though much restored and over-painted; altar frontal to north aisle of 1720.
Many further lesser well monuments of C18 and C19. C19 pews and choir stalls. Stained glass to east window. (Pevsner,
Buildings of England, North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST4314854607

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