Church Of St Paul And Attached Walls, Gates And Piers / Church Of St Paul

9 Oct 2003
Church Of St Paul And Attached Walls, Gates And Piers, Greenway Lane, Chippenham, North Wiltshire, Wiltshire, SN15 1AA
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Church Of St Paul, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, North Wiltshire, Wiltshire, SN15 1AA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


ST9173NE GREENWAY LANE 930-1/6/37 Church of St Paul and attached 22/06/78 walls, gates and piers


Church. 1853-61 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Limestone ashlar tower, coursed rubblestone with freestone bands and dressings to the rest, stone slate roof with coped gables and finials. STYLE: Early English. PLAN: 6-bay aisled nave; 2-bay chancel; north vestry with tall stone stack off-set in 3 stages; tower to front right (south-east) corner. EXTERIOR: 4-light pointed-arched windows to the east and west ends with off-set gabled buttresses to the centres; off-set buttresses between 2-light windows to aisles and clerestory, gabled porch to the north door. The aisles have parapets with 5 dragon gargoyles. The east gable end has a fretted cross finial, that to the west is a fleur-de-lis. The tower, 57m high, to the south-east end of the south aisle, has an elaborately moulded plinth and serves as a porch. It is in 4 stages; diagonal buttresses off-set at each stage; pointed-arched entrance to south side, 2 lancet windows to the 2nd stage, clock to the 3rd stage and paired louvred bell openings to the 4th. Corbel table to the parapet of a broach spire which has gabled 2-light openings to compass points. INTERIOR: virtually unaltered apart from the removal of the organ and the addition of some C20 screens. Diagonally leaded windows with some particularly fine C19 and early C20 stained glass. The chancel has a close-raftered roof with curved ashlars-pieces and soulaces forming virtually a pointed-arched barrel roof. The reredos to the east wall has C13-style stone panelling flanked by octagonal piers with domed finials. The 3-light stained glass window above is 1905, the stained glass window to the south wall of the chancel is late C19. Richly decorated polychromatic floor tiles; oak choir stalls and communion rail which is supported by wrought-iron piers and elaboratedly-panelled reader's stalls. A winding stone stair to the left leads through an off-set shouldered arch to the stone pulpit in the angle of the north-east corner of the nave. It is octagonal with trefoil-headed openings to each facet and ball-type carving to the hollow-mouldings. The cornice below has foliate bosses at the angles; the plinth is broached onto a square base. The high 6-bay nave has king-post trusses with soulaces and ashlars to the rafters.To the walls of the east and west ends are ornamental hammerbeam trusses. The braces rest on stone corbels articulating paired 2-light clerestory windows. The cylindrical piers have round bases, broached octagonal plinths on square slabs, round capitals with octagonal abaci supporting pointed arches with head stops to the hoodmoulds. Piers against the east and west walls a half-octagonal with foliate stops. To the south-east angle is a similar off-set over a niche. Trusses to both aisles have pointed-arched bracing on stone corbels on the outer walls and piers. The west wall has C20 oak panelling incorporating 4 figures on columns below C19 paired windows with a circular window above containing 3 trefoils with rich stained-glass. Toward the west ends of the aisles the north and south doors are enclosed with C20 oak panelled lobbies (that to the south is in the porch at the base of the tower). The vestry, to the north-east corner, is divided from the north aisle by a panelled oak screen and doors bearing a memorial plaque to a curate who died in the the First World War. The south porch at the base of the tower has diagonal red-and-black tiled floor, a panelled timber ceiling and elaborate wrought-iron hinges to the door, planked on the outside and with chamfered panels on the inside. Furnishings include an oak eagle lectern, a hemi-spherical stone font on a round base and octagonal plinth at the east end, both possibly by Gilbert Scott and 2 late C19 Gothic chairs resembling thrones. The original numbered pine pews remain. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached to the south-west corner of the tower, dividing the forecourt from the churchyard, are arrow-headed railings and trellissed cast-iron piers to double gates. To the left, fronting the church to east and north, is a plinth to former railings. To the right a squared rubblestone wall approx 1m high with chamfered capping encloses the churchyard, extending southward for approx 100m, it curves to the east and north for approx 80m. Gate piers at each end and on the curve have gabled caps with trefoil panels. (Chamberlain, Joseph A: Chippenham: Chippenham: 1976-: 143; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Cherry B: Wiltshire: London: 1967-1975: 168).

Listing NGR: ST9192973985


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2242 IOE Records taken by David Witherow; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr David Witherow. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Witherow, David

Rights Holder: Witherow, David


Ashlar, Cast Iron, Freestone, Limestone, Rubble, Slate, Stone, Victorian Gate, Unassigned, Gate Pier, Wall, Monument (By Form), Barrier, Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship, Railings