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Dorset (Unitary Authority)
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SY6677NW PORTLAND ROAD, Wyke Regis 873-1/29/634 (West side) 12/12/53 Church of All Saints


Anglican parish church. Rebuilt and rededicated 1455. Portland stone ashlar, lead roofs, stone slate to porch. PLAN: very regular plan with 5-bay nave continuous with chancel and sanctuary, N and S aisles, W tower, S porch, and NE vestry. EXTERIOR: the tower is in 4 stages with string courses, set back buttresses with diagonal top stage, not carried through to pinnacles, crenellated parapet, and NE octagonal stair turret carried above the parapet. The W front has a blocked doorway to 4-centred arch and moulded jambs, below a lofty 3-light window, and a 2-light with stone louvres to the bell stage to each face; that to the N face has a Ham stone head. The label is carried round as a continuous string, including the head of the buttresses. The S front has a small light at the second stage, and a multangular clock-face, and the E face has a small door with pointed head opening to the roof; this is now of very low pitch, but was originally steep, and the door opened to the inner roof space. The nave, chancel, and aisles have a continuous moulded plinth, and a plain parapet above a string with prominent gargoyles, and with saddle-back coping; the N nave parapet is rendered. There are no clerestorey windows. All windows are 3-light Perpendicular, except 5-light to the chancel, under drip courses, and divided by 2-stage weathered buttresses, set back at the corners. Tracery is uncusped in the aisles. A small priests' door to the chancel, and one 3-light window, but the N side is covered by the vestry, in 2 storeys, with a small square light at each level, in chamfered surround. A N doorway opposite the porch entry. The gabled S porch has a plain pointed doorway in 3 chamfered orders under a small statue niche to an ogee-cusped head. The inner doorway is 4-centred, under a niche with cinquefoil head. The walls are plain, with an eaves mould. A stone terminal cross here and to the chancel E end. On the W wall of the N aisle is a large stone memorial tablet, in Greek Revival style, and signed 'J Hamilton Archt', commemorating the loss of the ship Alexander on 26 March 1815. On a voyage from Bombay to London she was totally lost in West Bay, when '... 140 souls Mishappily perished with the

exception of 5 lascars whose bodies were found and buried near this spot.....' INTERIOR: a very consistent design, on a Portland stone floor, with piers of 4 shafts and 4 hollows to high bases and small capitals, with arcade in 3 orders. A continuous moulded cornice to the nave, with alternate round and square floral embellishments. The low-pitched panelled roof is carried on short shafts to stone corbels, mainly with carved angels. The tower arch has a broad wave mould with shafts and small caps, small door to tower vice, and concrete flooring; it is enclosed with a C19 screen. The chancel has plain walls, with many monuments. On the N side is a wide plank door to straps, and a narrow squint; there is a piscina or aumbry (no outlet) in the S wall. The S aisle has an ogee-headed stoup to the E of the door and a piscina at the E end; above the door a painted stone Royal Arms in high relief. The N aisle has a plain W wall, with the Royal Arms of George III, and N doorway on 4 steps with nosings, under a flat 4-centred rere-arch, and a plank door with slight ogee head, inscribed 1598. On this side the windows are not centred to the arcade bays. At the E end is the organ. The aisle ceilings are in compartments, with a deep longitudinal moulded beam and drops to corbels each side. FITTINGS: the pews are all C19 with trilobed poppyhead, font is a tall flared stone octagon, with Art Nouveau decoration at the heads of panels and cover 'In loving memory of Oliver Warner and his 4 sons' (undated). Plain octagonal pulpit, brass eagle lectern, Communion rail with turned balusters. No early glass; the E window, with the Evangelists and Paschal Lamb is dedicated to Joseph Swaffield, who died in 1841, aged 84, and the adjacent S window is of similar date. There are many wall and floor tablets (see RCHME); one in the chancel is dated 1623. Apart from refurnishing, and replacement of the roofs (in the C18, and in 1936), this is a remarkably consistent and unchanged C15 design; nothing has been added structurally. (RCHME: Dorset, South-East: London: 1970-: 370).

Listing NGR: SY6621177788


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Inventory of Dorset II South East, (1970), 370


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: 26 Sep 2002
Reference: IOE01/09320/35
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