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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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SU 05893 45646


ORCHESTON ORCHESTON ST. MARY SU 04 NE (west side) 2/192 Church of St. Mary II* Anglican parish church. Mid-C13, tower c.1300, C16 chancel rebuilt 1833 during major restoration. Flint and limestone, Welsh slate roofs. Consists of nave with south aisle, chancel, south-west tower and south porch. Gabled porch of 1833 has diagonal buttresses carried up to pinnacles, hollow chamfer Tudor-arched door and pointed niche in gable over. To right, south aisle has one 2-light ogee-headed window in square surround, east window of aisle is c1400, pointed with 2 ogee cusped lights, string course at eaves level and plain parapet with saddleback coping. Chancel has hollow chamfer pointed priest's door, to left is 2-light C16-style window and to right is single C16-style light, both with hoodmoulds. To east 2-light Tudor-arched window with cusping and hoodmould, with tall pointed niche to either side, north side chancel has one lancet and one 2-light pointed window with hoodmould. North side of nave has central 3-light C16 window with interlaced pointed heads and hoodmould, to either side is 2-light cusped window with dripmould. West end has 3-light C16 window with hoodmould. Square 3-stage tower has diagonal buttresses, south side has single lancet to ground floor and 2-light cusped lancet to second stage, string course to bell stage, north and west faces have blocked cusped lancets, south face has gilded clock face, pitched roof. Interior: early C13 inner door has continuous large roll moulding, early C19 6-panelled double doors. Mid-C13 2-bay south aisle has pointed arcade on cylindrical column and responds, double-chamfered arches. 3-bay C13 nave has tie-beam roof with chamfered beams and struts with cusping against principals, like lights. Double- chamfered pointed chancel arch. Plain chancel rebuilt 1833, has ribbed roof, east end has blind arches either side of window, corresponding with external niches, and separated by attached shafts. 1833 fittings include fine altar and octagonal font with traceried panels, octagonal pulpit in same style. 1860s polychrome tiled floor and pews. (Unpublished records of RCHM (England), Salisbury)

Listing NGR: SU0585945665


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 17 Apr 2003
Reference: IOE01/10587/23
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Rendle. Source Historic England Archive
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