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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: 1120134



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

County: Dorset

District: East Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wimborne St. Giles

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 18-Mar-1955

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 107451

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13/116 Church of St Giles 18.3.55 GV I

Parish church, some possibly medieval work in north wall of tower, main body of church 1732, north aisle, colonnades and refitting 1910. C18 work stylistically attributed to John and William Bastard, C20 work by Sir Ninian Comper. In style the building is early-Georgian classical eclectically gothisised in the early C20. Ashlar, chequered flint and ashlar and banded flint and ashlar with ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Plan: structurally undivided nave and chancel; west tower incorporating west porch; north aisle; extremely narrow south aisle; south porch. I;Test tower; 3 stages separated by moulded strings; rusticated quoins; plain parapet with balustraded panel above a modillioned cornice; corner vase finials; west doorway with panelled door and Tuscan pilasters supporting entablature and pediment; round-headed window with rusticated surround above; small round-headed window to south wall; middle stage has circular openings; round-headed belfry windows with key blocks and imposts. Rave has 3 round headed windows with moulded architraves, imposts and keystones. Chancel doorway has panelled door, Tuscan columns supporting entablature with pulvinated frieze. Chancel has rounded window with bulls-eye over. C20 windows with square heads and idiosyncratic tracery. South porch is pedimented with round arch having keystone and imposts.

Internal features; 4 bay arcades with round columns with moulded bases and caps bearing shields supporting 4-centred arches of 2 chamfered orders; C20 nave and chancel roof with braced tie-beam trusses springing from carved angels and having queen struts, the out parts of the trusses being filled with open grilles, plasterwork ceiling; C20 braced, beamed roof to aisle; C20 carved oak screen to chancel with figures of the Crucifixion, the Apostles etc; C20 alabaster reredos with figures of saints etc; C20 gallery with organ by Harrison and Harrison; C17 strapwork font with C20 cover; some reset C16 glass; other glass C20 by Comper; a number of fine monuments, including effigies, to the Ashley family from the C17 to date and a largely reconstructed effigy of an early c14 Knight; other fittings largely C20. (RCHM, Dorset, vol V, p 92-4, no. 1, Newman, J and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p 469-10).

Listing NGR: SU0319211961

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1975), 92-94
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972), 469-70

National Grid Reference: SU 03191 11960


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