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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1110824



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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sherborne

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 28-Nov-1950

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 103812

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This List entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 01/12/2017

ST 6316, 689/1/1

ABBEY CLOSE, Abbey Church of St Mary




Saxon west wall below clerestory with foundations of Saxon tower and transepts facing west. C15 Church of All Hallows built against this wall; lower part of north-aisle wall remains as a boundary wall between Sherborne School and Abbey Close. South front of Abbey early C12 (work of Roger of Caen) and C15. Central Tower with Saxon-Norman base and C15 work above. Nave: five irregular bays; piers with C15 casing to a Saxon core. Late C15 fan vaulting. North aisle: C12 and late C15; lierne vault. North Transept: Norman walls. Wykeham Chapel: Norman walls and C15 vault. Choir of three bays and north and south choir aisles: C15. Reredos: C17 to design of R H Carpenter. Bishop Roger's Chapel: C13. Vestry: C16, part of former headmaster's house [1560] which extended across the whole of the width of the east end of the Abbey. Lady Chapel: one bay of C14 work and one bay further east of C20 work, 1921, to design of W D Caroe. Chapel of St Mary le Bow: C15 and C16; east wall and south windows built 1560 as part of Headmaster's House [See Vestry]. Chapel of Holy Sepulchre: C14 and C15 rebuildings. South Transept: early C12 and C15 work; Digby Memorial. St Katharine's Chapel: C12, and C13 and C14. South Aisle: early C12 and C15. Porch: early C12, restored 1849-58. 1849-58: restoration of transepts, choir and Norman porch by R C Carpenter and W Slater. 1884: restoration of tower by R H Carpenter.

All the listed buildings in Abbey Close form a group with the east end of no. 1 Finger Lane.


Listing NGR: ST6380416492

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1952)
Fowler, J, Medieval Sherborne
Gibb, J H P , Sherborne Abbey

National Grid Reference: ST 63792 16489


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