Parish Church Of St Mary

12 Sep 1999
Parish Church Of St Mary, Litton Cheney, West Dorset, Dorset, DT2 9AP
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


4/146 Parish Church of 5-9-60 St Mary GV I Parish Church. Late C14 and C15, restored in 1878, when north chapel built. Coursed and random rubble-stone walls with stone dressings.

Slate roofs with stone gable copings to nave and chancel. West Tower, Nave, North chancel added, Chancel, South Porch. West Tower, 3 stages, with set-back buttresses, with base, plinth and string mouldings.

Half-octagonal newel stair at south-east corner, projects above the main parapet. West doorway has moulded jambs and 4-centred head, no spandrel carving. 3-light mullion window, cusped and with panel tracery. Label, unstopped. Bell-openings: 2-light, trefoil-cusped with quatrefoil over. Label, unstopped. Crenellated parapet and gargoyles. Nave, 3 bays, windows are 4-light mullions with trefoil ogee heads. Y-tracery head to central supermullion, panel tracery in the interstices. Labels with head-stops. Western window (south side), completely renewed, c.198O. Chancel: two 2-light ogival windows in a square head with returned labels. Priest's Door, straight-chamfered jambs and pointed head, between the windows.

South Porch: stone gable-coping and clay tile roof. Pointed-arch entrance with chamfered jambs, corbelled off. Tablet over doorway with "Restored 1878". Inner plank door, studded with strap-hinges, Cl9. North chapel window is a re-set Cl5 window, of same design as nave windows. Interior: Cl5 tower arch has moulded jambs, responds and capitals. Chancel-arch, Cl5, with panelled jambs and soffit and coupled responds with capitals. 2 trefoil-headed niches, one either side of the chancel-arch. Cl9 roof-construction with high tie-beams carrying king-posts and splayed braces. Chancel-roof is barrel- vaulted with a compartmented wooden ceiling, Cl9. Fittings: Font, cylindrical bowl with enriched cornice and necking, medieval, stem C2O. Communion Rails, with turned balusters and urn finials, mid C18.

Wall monument to George Dawbney of Gorwelt, died 1612, and Elisabeth his wife, freestone panelled tablet with painted achievement-of-arms.

RCHM Dorset I, p 135 (1).

Listing NGR: SY5516690724


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0349 IOE Records taken by Mary Cantrille; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mrs Mary Cantrille. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Cantrille, Mary

Rights Holder: Cantrille, Mary


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