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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: 1118659



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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Cattistock

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 26-Jan-1956

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 105339

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10/14 Parish Church of 26.1.56 SS. Peter and Paul


Parish Church. C15 remains, C17 north chapel walls and ceiling. 1857 rebuilding under Sir George Gilbert Scott, involved rebuild of chancel, nave arches to north and south chapels, addition of a south aisle and arcade, insertion of the west window. (Faculty, November 1856). Work of 1873 under George Gilbert Scott, junior: removel of old tower, construction of a north aisle, addition of north porch, west tower, and range of vestry accommodation. (Faculty, October 1872). Rubble and banded stone walls, dressed, stone quoins. Plain clay-tile roofs. Stone gable copings with crosses at apices. Chancel: two bays and 3 - sided east end, with angle-shafts and foilage capitals. Two-light windows with plate tracery heads. Single-light in the apse with trefoiled head, under lancet. Continuous corbel-table. Windows of similar form to the south aisle. Windows of north chapel of late Perpendicular form, probably C17. North-west tower, modelled on Charminster church tower, lower basement storey. Double-plinth, set-back buttresses and 6-stage tower. Bell-openings, 3-stage, not conforming with buttress set-offs. 4-lights width, double- transomed, with central standard to full height, panelled tracery in a rectangular head, open work crenellated parapet, with corner panelled finials and croketed pinnacles. North porch, with open pointed entrances on the north and west sides, diagonal buttressing. Interior: Chancel-arch: "elaborately moulded, the central moulding springing from short clusters of 3 marble shafts". (Pitfield). Roofs: chancel, "exposed trussed rafters, and diagonal roof boarding". Nave roof "is in 3 main bays divided by arch-braced principals with cross-trussed rafters below plastered soffits; and the double-pitched roofs of the south aisle and chapel are similar". Tower, used as baptistery, font of marble with a slightly tapering square bowl, on a circular central stem, with 4 smaller corner columns. Font cover, massive, wood and gilded, 3 tiers with traceried sides, ending in a crocketed pinnacle. Stone screen and iron grille to north. Stencilled designs and texts. Ceiling, divided into 16 panels, painted and decorated with stencilled designs. Tall belfry designed to accommodate carillon of 35 bells cast by Van Aerschodt of Louvain, not replaced after 1940. Stained Glass, South aisle, window of 1882 by Morris, 6 angels in red and white ibber against a dark blue background. Sculpture: small piece of Saxon interlace in the chancel north wall. Attached Vestry block to south-west over-basement, Perp. detailing.

(RCHM Dorset I, p71(1). F. P. Pitfield, Dorset Churches A-D (1981). 152-155.N. Pevsner and J. Newman, Dorset, 130-131).

Listing NGR: SY5914599525

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1974), 71
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972), 130-131
Pitfield, FP , Dorset Parish Churches, (1981), 152-155

National Grid Reference: SY 59146 99525


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