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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: 1119242



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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Melbury Osmond

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 11-Nov-1966

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 105854

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MELBURY OSMOND ST 5707 MELBURY OSMOND VILLAGE 8/106 Parish Church of St Osmond 11.11.66 GV I Parish Church. C15 west tower, much rebuilt, nave and chancel rebuilt at cost of Mrs S Strangways Homer in 1745 (tablet in chancel). C19 refenestration in chancel. Rubble-stone walls, ashlar-faced on south side. Slate roofs. West tower: of 3 stages, with strings, classical cornice, embattled parapet and crocketed finials, (refashioning of C18). West doorway has moulded jambs and depressed-arch head. Plank door. Top stage on west side has an openwork quatrefoil in roundel, C18. South side has a roundel to ground stage, second stage has a 2-light window with Y-tracery, 3rd stage has a clock-face. Nave, 3 windows wide, with a cornice and embattled parapet. The windows are of 2-lights with central stone mullion into Y tracery head, and are round-headed. South doorway at centre (blocked) has a Gibbs surround, keyed lintel and moulded cornice. Over the doorway is an oculus with a Gibbs surround. Chancel: south wall has a window of 2 trefoiled lights, with a trefoil in spherical triangle in the head. Label and head stops. Pointed-arch doorway and plank door. East window of 3 lights each trefoiled, with quatrefoils and trefoils in the head. Entrance through west tower door. Interior: Tower arch with 2 orders of responds and a hollow chamfer between, C15. Chancel-arch, with hollow-and-nave jamb mouldings and a wide 2-centred arch, c.C18. Roofs: nave has flat wooden ceiling with ribbed compartments, C20. Chancel has a cambered compartmented ceiling. Fittings: Font, plain stone bowl set into tower responds, medieval. Sculpture: fragment of an animal lying flat, trapped in interlacing foliage, c.C10, reset in chancel N. Wall. Wall-monuments and tablets, to Mrs Homer in chancel recording the 1745 rebuilding. Nave has 4 marble wall tablets to John Perkins, 1791; Perkins, 1812; Perkins, 1827; Sarah Perkins, 1834. Chest: in tower with enriched top rail and panelled front, inscribed on lid "Ex dono Gregoni Hoopper, 1697". (RCHM. Dorset I, p.159(1). Rev J C Townsend, Melbury Osmond, Its Church and People (church guide)).

Listing NGR: ST5740207832

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1952), 159
Townsend, Reverend J C , Melbury Osmond Its Church and People

National Grid Reference: ST 57400 07832


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