Church of St Mary


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Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Church of St Mary, Church Street


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Mary, Church Street

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Sedgemoor (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 25793 39524


ST23NE 12/9

CANNINGTON CP CHURCH STREET(East side) Church of St Mary

(formerly listed under General)


GV I Parish church. Tower late C14, remainder rebuilt early C15, restored 1840 by Richard Carver, further C19 alterations. Coursed red sandstone rubble, freestone dressings, large slate roof overall, embattled parapets to aisles, prominent gargoyles. All Perpendicular; nave with north and south aisles, which partially clasp the west tower, south porch, rood stair turret to north, chancel with north vestry.

Embattled four-stage west tower, set-back buttresses, two-light bell-chamber windows; west doorway flanked by two pairs of gabled niches and a further niche set over. Five bay arcaded nave, three-light windows with transoms. Tall south porch with a stoup, panelled south doorway. Nave arcade with tall piers of four-hollows section; moulded tower arch, above the marks of an earlier and lower nave roof; short chancel with no chancel arch, five-light west window. Scraped interior, wagon roof to nave/chancel with ribs and coloured bosses, lean-to roof to north and south aisles with angel corbels. Upper entrance to rood evident. Earliest feature a composite pier with an attached shalt, now in the vestry.

Particularly fully fitted interior including a late C14/early C15 octagonal font; C15 rood and par close screens with C19 refurbishment; restored C15 pulpit on a C19 base; in the chancel a foiled piscina and an aumbry, further piscina to south aisle; reredos of 1893 by Powells with encaustic panels, further encaustic tiles to chancel floor; C18 wrought-iron screen to north aisle formerly around tomb of Hugh, second Lord Clifford, by Edney of Bristol; royal arms of Charles II over south door; two C17 chests, C17 altar table to south aisle, two C17 coffin stools, two pews incorporating much C17 work; altar frontal of C18 under tower; C19 choir stalls and pews; C19 stained glass; fragment of a medieval brass to chancel; three C18 tablets; further C19 tablets; members of Pym family buried in south aisle.

The church is directly adjacent to Cannington Court (qv) and is postulated as the former church of a house of Benedictine Nuns which existed on that site, founded c1138.

Listing NGR: ST2579639533


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Books and journals
Dunning, R W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1985)
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, (1958)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 23 May 2005
Reference: IOE01/13824/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John H. Sparkes. Source Historic England Archive
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