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BREMHILL BREMHILL VILLAGE ST 97 SE (south side) 8/15 Church of St Martin 20.12.60 GV I Anglican parish church, Anglo-Saxon origins, c1200, C13, C15, restored 1850. Ashlar and ironstone rubble with stone slate roofs. West tower, nave and aisles and chancel. Tower probably originally C13, in rubble stone, was buttressed, refronted and raised in ashlar in C15. C15 work includes very large west angle buttresses, pointed west door with hood, 4-light west window, altered 1864 by W. Butterfield, string course and bell-stage with two Perpendicular style 2-light bell-openings each side, coved cornice with gargoyles, embattled parapet and angle pinnacles. Also C15 ashlar south side square stair tower with lean-to top against bell-stage, which has only a single light this side. Earlier rubble stone visible to north, south and east with dripcourse at mid height. North side has lancet to lower stage and blank 2-light Perpendicular style flat-headed window to next stage. Nave has Anglo-Saxon long-and-short work at north west angle, coped east gable, small Sanctus bellcote and C15 lean-to ashlar embattled 3-window aisles. Aisles have 3-light 4-centred end windows, angle buttresses, side buttresses, coved cornice with gargoyles and flat-headed large 3-light side windows with labels dependent from cornice. South aisle has large 2-storey porch to left and two windows, north aisle has window each side of off- centre pointed door with hoodmould. South porch has stepped embattled parapet, first floor cusped 2-light flat-headed window with hood and moulded pointed doorway below with hood. Ground floor single light to west and 2-light to east. Within porch is fine tierceron star stone vault with carved bosses and moulded 4- centred inner door with hood. Chancel is of rubble stone with detail mostly renewed in C19. One south lancet over blocked low- side shouldered window and one 3-light Y-traceried window. At south east corner 1822 wall plaque with poem by W.L. Bowles. East end C19 stepped lancets. North side has two lancets, one blocked. Interior: C19 nave and aisle roofs, nave roof of arch-braced collar trusses on stone corbels. Heavily renewed 4-bay arcades of c1200, pointed arches with chamfer, roll-moulding and hoodmould. Circular piers with trumpet-scallop, plain moulded or stiff-leaf caps, all heavily restored. Moulded tower arch with C19 timber screen. Heavily restored chancel arch with massive round piers, leaf caps and moulded pointed arch, C13 in style. South aisle has east end vestry screened by C19 timber screen incorporating C15 carved work and with C19 shouldered stone door from nave. To left of south door is small door to stone winding stair to upper room of porch which has plain Tudor-arched doorway and cambered roof. Chancel has plastered curved 3-bay roof, elaborately shafted C19 east window, mosaic sanctuary floor of 1907, south side cusped piscina and squint through to north aisle. Fittings: c1200 circular font with bands of semi-circular scales and rope-moulded bands above and below. Stone Perpendicular style pulpit with canted front, said to be C15, heavily restored or copied in C19, pews incorporating panels of C15 carved work, C19 carved wood lectern in nave. Under tower, tiled floor, and carved inscription by Butterfield commemorating window restoration 1864. Faded glass by Hardman (Pevsner). South aisle stained glass to Eddrup family, west window 1903, south windows c1887 and 1879. North aisle west fine armorial glass of c1900, by Kempe, and one north window of 1897 possibly also by Kempe. Painted arms of William IV on north wall. Chancel has east window glass of c1907 by Tower and two small lancets of c1860. Monuments: in chancel exceptional Baroque marble monument with bust, putti, twisted columns and emblems of peace and war to G. Hungerford, died 1697, wall plaques to Rev J. Wilson died 1724 and to Rev N. Hume died 1804 (by King). Fine armorial floor slabs to W. Hungerford and Rev J. Tounson, died 1697. The poet W.L. Bowles was vicar of Bremhill 1804-45. (N. Pevsner, Wiltshire, 1975, 140-1; W.L. Bowles, A parochial history of the parish of Bremhill, 1828)

Listing NGR: ST9796973009


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Books and journals
Bowles, Reverend W L , A Parochial History of the Parish of Bremhill, (1828)
Pevsner, N , The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975), 140-1


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: 13 Jan 2006
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