St Mary's Church

7 Oct 1999
St Mary's Church, Corscombe, West Dorset, Dorset, DT2 0NX
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

CORSCOMBE CORSCOMBE VILLAGE ST 50 SW 11.11.66 5/203 St Mary's Church GV I

Parish Church. C15 West Tower, and North Porch. Core of Nave. Nave and Chancel rebuilt by J Mountford Allen of Crewkerne, 1875-7. West Tower, nave, South aisle, chancel, north porch. Rubble-stone walls with Ham stone ashlar dressings. Plain tile roofs. West Tower: 3 stages divided by strings. Canted newel-stair on north wall of tower to mid-stage, stopped off with a hipped stone slate roof. West doorway with a moulded pointed head, and jambs, C15. Plank door. 2-light stone mullion window over with a large casement moulding. 2-light bell-openings with a straight quatrefoil over. Crenellated parapet with crocketed pinnacles. Tower unbuttressed. Nave north wall with 3 renewed stone mullion windows.

West has label and head stop of C19. Other 2 have labels with C15 head stops. Chancel has 2 2-light windows with geometrical tracery heads.

Label and head-stops, all C19. East window: of 4 lights with plate tracery, labels and stops, C19. North porch, C15, pointed arch and moulded jambs, Low-pitched gable with gargoyles. Nave, north door sculptured composition externally, C15, standards set diagonally with angel-head brackets formerly supporting images. Door-head level has crocketed and finialled canopies with traceried soffits. Above doorway: 3 niches with half-angels as brackets, side-standards with trefoiled gables. Interior: 2-centred tower-arch with single respond and 2 outer rolls. Nave: rebuilt in C19, east of the porch. 5-bay south aisle with conventional pier-design and pointed arches. C19 roof of arch-braced, collar construction. King-posts.

Wall-plate with pierced quatrefoils and embattled. Chancel-arch, C19, with 3 responds and plain moulded capitals. Heavy Perp-style mouldings.

Ceiled roof of Marsard-style internally, divided into 20 compartments.

South organ chamber, with a wide 2-centred arch, C19. Pointed door in south chancel wall, label with foliage stops over. Fittings: Font, stone, octagonal with 2 cusped panels on each side. Plain, octagonal stone base.

C15, stem and base modern. Pulpit, octagonal, of stone and carried on short marbled colonettes with foliage capitals. Sides have Venetian Renaissance detailing, including sunk paterae. East window: stained glass of 1877. Monuments: Wall Tablet, by Chislett of Beaminster, to Joseph Bishop, 1823, Sarah his wife, 1800, and others. Marble wall-tablet with flanking pilaster-strips, draped sarcophagus and bay-tree, to Elizabeth Bowring 1837, by Wilkins.

Source: RCHM Dorset I, pl05(1). F P Pitfield, Dorset Parish Churches, p208.

Listing NGR: ST5223004866


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2098 IOE Records taken by Ken Venton Prentice; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Ken Venton-Prentice. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Venton-Prentice, Ken

Rights Holder: Venton-Prentice, Ken


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