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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: 1120262



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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Worth Matravers

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 20-Nov-1959

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 109139

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9/122 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas 20-11-59 GV I

Anglican Parish Church. Mainly C12, south wall of chancel rebuilt in C13, east wall in C14. Porch added in C18. Rubble stone walls, stone slate roofs with coped gables and corbel tables with carved heads. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Tower, of 3 stages, has a pyramidal stone slate roof with moulded corbel table. Small square-headed belfry windows. Rectangular windows to lowest stage. South wall of nave has shallow buttresses each end and in centre. 2-C12 round-headed windows at high level, one C13 lancet at east end, and a rectangular window lighting a squint into chancel. Blocked triangular-headed doorway. Outer door to porch has a flat lintol externally and segmental inner arch with chevron ornament (re-set). Inner door, C12, has carved tympanum, badly eroded, and chevron ornament. Some coffin slabs re-set in porch, and late medieval canopy in east wall. North and south chancel walls each have 2-C13 lancet windows. Priest's door in south wall. East window C14, of 3 lights with reticulated tracery. North wall of nave has 3.C12 round-headed windows at high level and a C13 lancet at east end. Square-headed doorway flanked by shallow buttresses which converge over the door supporting a central buttress. Shallow buttresses each end of nave. Internally, nave and chancel roofs C19, of King-post form. C12 chancel arch of 3 orders with chevron ornament, circular shafts and scalloped capitals. Flanking this, remains of blocked openings. (RCHM consider this arch removed from elsewhere). In east wall of chancel, piscina with niche over. Squint in southwall with external window (previously described). 2 small round-headed windows above chancel arch. Few C18 and early C19 wall tablets. Font, pulpit and west gallery all C19. A good example of a small C12 church, largely unaltered. RCHM Monument 1 (Dorset Vol II).

Listing NGR: SY9728577450

Selected Sources

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Inventory of Dorset, (1970)

National Grid Reference: SY9728577450


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