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Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

A Grade I Listed Building in Cothelstone, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0801 / 51°4'48"N

Longitude: -3.17 / 3°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 318139

OS Northings: 131847

OS Grid: ST181318

Mapcode National: GBR LY.D8Q6

Mapcode Global: FRA 4678.JTF

Entry Name: Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Listing Date: 25 February 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1175656

English Heritage Legacy ID: 270300

Location: Cothelstone, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Civil Parish: Cothelstone

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


3/89 Church of St Thomas of Canterbury



Parish Church. Some C12 and C13 work, mainly C15, restored circa 1864. Red sandstone with limestone and Ham stone dressings, tiled roofs. Nave 2 bay
South aisle, South porch, West tower, heated vestry North of chancel.
3-stage tower, Victorian addition of crenellated parapet between original
finials below 3 square headed openings and string course, Decorated 2-light
bell-openings, diagonal buttresses, stair turret with cornical stone spire
in North-east corner. 2-light Perpendicular windows in South front, 3-light
at East end and North-west end of nave, 4-light to North-east. Porch with
moulded pointed arch, piscina inside, pointed arch doorway into nave.
Interior: rendered. Norman pillar in South aisle with Perpendicular arcades, Western respond a moulded corbel circa 1200. Good carved bench ends C16.
Very fine Perpendicular octagonal font with traces of paint and early C17
carved wooden pulpit with contemporary wooden 3 bay arcade forming lecturn. Painted and gilded stone tablets in chancel, on right to John Stawell died
1661 with split pediment, putti and apron, simpler version to left John
Stawell died 1603. In South chapel two fine tombs; Sir Mathew de Stawell,
died 1379, and his wife Elizabeth, the latter has 2 squirrels at her feet
and an angel at her head, York stone with traces of colour; Sir John
Stawell, died 1603, and his wife, in alabaster. Fragments of good medieval
painted glass with figures of saints in the upper lights of the South aisle windows and at South-west end of nave. (West and North windows by Clayton
and Bell, 1865.) A fine collection of fittings and memorials in a largely unaltered interior.
(SANHS Proceedings vol 44, 1898; G Stanwell, History of a Quantock Family,
1910) photograph in NMR).

Listing NGR: ST1813931847

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