Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1119274

Date first listed: 31-Jul-1961



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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Melbury Bubb

National Grid Reference: ST 59595 06549


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MELBURY BUBB MELBURY BUBB ST 50 NE VILLAGE Parish Church 2/73 of St Mary 31.7.61 I GV Parish Church. South Tower, later C15. Nave and chancel C15, rebuilt in 1854, probably by Withers of Sherborne. Rubble-stone walls, with ashlar stone dressings. Slate roofs, with stone gable-copings. South tower, of four stages, with ground stage as porch entrance to church. Diagonal buttresses. Doorway in the south hall has jambs and pointed-arch head of two chamfered orders. Second stage, east wall: window of one trefoiled light. String-course. Third stage has in middle of each face a standard set diagonally, resting on half- angels holding shields. Above this, a frieze of quatrefoils enclosing paterae, shields, the initials B. and W. B. on the south face, for Walter Bokeler, rector, c.1470-80. Bell-chamber has in each wall a window of two trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil in a two-centred head, stone tracery to the louvres. Embattled parapet, with a small pinnacle to each central merlon. The stair turret is an addition of later date than the remainder of the tower. Chancel, rebuilt in C19, of 2 bays with diagonal buttresses. Side windows are of 2 lights, cinquefoil-cusped with cusped panel tracery over, casement-moulded reveals. Moulded label with head-stops. Priest's door to chancel, with moulded jambs and pointed-arch head. Plank door. East window: C15 reset. 3-light with ogee trefoil cusping. Two main panels over, with falchions. Small C19 niche in gable-head. Nave, 3 bays, C19 rebuild. The south-east window is of 3 lights and retains parts of old tracery; the second window on the north has an C15 head of 3 trefoiled lights with panel tracery; the western pair of windows have C15 heads of 3 cinquefoiled ogee lights with panel tracery. West window has Y-tracery and panel-tracery head. Blocked doorway beneath, with moulded jambs and pointed head, C19 label. Interior: Nave, roof has high collar, waggon- braced, short king-post and longitudinal plate. Fleuron bosses at the intersections. Chancel, roof of mansard profile, compartmented and bossed at the intersections, C19. Chancel-arch, with moulded jambs continuous into pointed arch stepped and pyramid stops, C19. Fittings: Font, cylindrical tapering stone bowl, reversed, formerly base of a shaft, carved with continuous design of beasts: stag, horse, wolf, and ? lion, and lesser beasts, and interlacement, C10. Stained glass: late C15. East window, shields of arms of Wane and Mattravers,symbols of the 4 evangelists, crowns, inscription. N window, centre, Annunciation with figures of Virgin and St Gabriel. N.W. window, small head of Christ and panels of Wise and Foolish Virgins, with inscriptions. Main lights, figure of Christ with 5 wounds originally carried as rays to 7 sacraments' panels. Ordination survives. W. window tracery, C15 glass. (RCHM Dorset I, p.158(1))

Listing NGR: ST5959406550


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Legacy System number: 105822

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Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1952), 158

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