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Latitude: 50.1157 / 50°6'56"N
Longitude: -5.3785 / 5°22'42"W
OS Eastings: 158566
OS Northings: 29423
OS Grid: SW585294
Mapcode National: GBR FX3C.T93
Mapcode Global: VH131.QCG4
Entry Name: St Germoe's Chair
Listing Date: 26 August 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1310470
English Heritage Legacy ID: 65896
Location: Germoe, Cornwall, TR20
Civil Parish: Germoe
Built-Up Area: Germoe
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: St Germoe
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SW 52 NE,
GERMOE CHURCHTOWN, Germoe
St Germoe's Chair
Detached sedilia building. Probably circa early C13. Dressed granite front and
architectural features, otherwise granite rubble. Scantle slate roof with gable
Plan: single-cell parallelogram plan with 2-bay open arcade to the front gable end
and a stone bench against the inside of the rear wall with 3 niches to the back
formed by a blind 3-bay arcade, the central niche is slightly hollowed. The left-hand side wall is built into the bank and adjoins the churchyard walls q.v. It is
possible that the whole structure is a later medieval construction using earlier
2-bay gable ended front: open pointed arched arcade carried on round Romanesque
imposts and round central column; the responds are engaged half columns; moulded
bases and capitals with annulet rings; straight chamfered arches. At the apex of the
gable is a probably C12 carved head.
Interior has a moulded granite bench along the rear wall and above the bench is a 3-
bay blind arcade with roll moulded pointed arches springing from two tapered round
columns and from the side walls as responds. The columns have tapered-in bases with
roll mouldings and the capitals are tapered out with annulet ring mouldings. Above
the slightly taller and wider middle arch is a probably C13 carved crowned head.
St Germoe's chair is a remarkable and unique building whether it is mostly original
or a later imaginative use of C12 and C13 architectural features.
Listing NGR: SW5856729424
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