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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: 1177461



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

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Knowle St. Giles

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1958

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 262178

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2/52 Church of St Mary Magdalen 4.2.58

GV 11*

Anglican parish church. C12 origins; but rebuilt c1855 by Rev J.M Allen, Staple and Munden, builders. Ham stone ashlar: plain clay tiled roofs between moulded coped gables with a variety of finials, behind traceried parapets. three-cell plan of 2-bay chancel, 3-bay nave and north transept, with a north-east corner vestry, south porch and north-west tower, all in a scholarly Geometric style. Chancel has double plinth, trefoil traceried parapets, corner and bay buttresses with panelled and gabletted tops, with crocketted pinnacles to corners: east window a 5-light with headstop label, a trefoil vent over; a 2-light window on south side, east bay, with simple arched doorway up 4 steps to west bay: further 2-light window on north side. The north-east vestry to match, but with flat roof behind plain parapet; 2-light flat headed window with square headstop label on north side, no external doorway; stairs down to boiler room against east wall. North transept similar, but with Curvilinear tracery to parapets, and having corner gargoyles: 3-liqht north window, blank on east and west sides. Nave has Curvilinear traceried parapets; 2-light windows with simple tracery to sides, but the west gable much more elaborate, with a 3-light reticulated window flanked by ogee-arched niches holding C20 statues, a traceried trefoil gable light over, and the gable crowned with a crocketted tabernacle. South porch has plinth, angled corner buttresses; trefoil-traceried parapets and moulded coped gable with cross finial; 2-order outer arch with applied flower boss ornament and wrought-iron gate; single-order inner iron with elaborate ironwork straps to door; side walls have 2 small sidelights, Tower of 3 stages, capped with a spire; angled corner buttresses 2 stages hill, plinth; string courses, the top with flower boss ornament and corner gargoyles, then a low castellated parapet; the spire small, with gabled windows to principal faces: in stage 1 the west face has a cusped lancet window, and the north a moulded pointed-arched doorway; stage 2 has a flat-arched light with ogee tracery to each face except the east, where there is a 2-stage octagonal-plan stairway projection; stage 3 has a 2-light Curvilinear-traceried window with louvres on each side, set in a hollowed arched reveal with ballflower decoration and headstop label. inside, the work scholarly and consitent: the chancel has a timber moulded rib and panel ceiling, an ornamental carved stone dado, in elaborate piscina on the north side, and also a table-tomb in ojee niche. Chancel arch finely moulded, the chancel floor of patterned encaustic tiles. Nave has open arch-braced collar-truss roof with ornamental windbracinq; and fine moulded archway to north transept, and black-and-white diamond pattern stone floor. North transept the Pitt family pew, with rib and tracery-panelled ceiling, ornamental fireplace with cast-ironback in east wall. All fittings if the l850s, notably the octagonal wood pulpit on a slender base, the choir stalls, lectern, pews (including a traceried front to the Pitt chapel), and a richly decorated octagonal font, which has a fine timber openork cover. Memorials include the chancel table tomb, to Stephen Pitt-Harris, died 1848, and in the north transept memorials to Stephen Pitt and George Pitt, both died 1865, both memorials by White of Pimlico. In nave a copy of the Raghael Virgin and Child, with St John the Baptist and an angel, by a Miss B1andy. (Pevsner), N, Buildings of England, South and west Somerset, l958).

Listing NGR: ST3612911540

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, (1958)

National Grid Reference: ST 36129 11540


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