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South Somerset (District Authority)
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ST 32968 15901



11/10 Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha 4.2.58


Anglican parish church. C13 chancel and transepts, nave, porch, and tower C15, reseated and chancel refitted C19. Random rubble chert stone, squared and coursed Ham stone tower, Ham stone dressings, slate roofs, coped verges. West tower with north-east stair turret, aisless 2 bay nave, porch abutting south transept, north transept with organ bay in angle with chancel. Crenellated 3-stage tower, crocketed finials in corners, gargoyles and string course, diagonal buttresses rising to 2-light trefoil-headed louvred bell- openings, trefoil-headed 2-light window with continuous hoodmould, 3-light west window resting on hoodmould of C19 west door, lancets to crenellated stair turret; south front 3-light window to nave, gabled single storey porch with south-west diagonal buttress, boot scraper inset, moulded Perpendicular doorway interior render grooved as ashlar with ribbed barrel vault roof, pointed arch inner doorway and old studded door carved with grafitti, probably C17 work, diagonally buttressed south transept, 2-light south window with scratch dial said to be inset into wall below,, but not visible at time of survey (November 1985), 3-light on east front renewed in C19, C19 priest's door, 2-light window, in diagonally buttressed chancel, 3 lancets forming east window, chimney at east gable end of vestry, north front lancet and doorway, 3-light cinquefoil-headed window on east front of north transept, setback buttresses, 3-light uncusped north and west windows, 3-light window to nave. Interior: rendered except for south transept chapel which is squared and coursed Ham stone. No chancel arch, pointed tower arch, arch to north transept, pointed arch with Perpendicular moulding to south transept. Ribbed and cusped wagon roof with floral bosses and wallplate to chancel, ribbed wagon roof to south transept, similar with brattished wallplate to north transept higher nave roof wagon roof with brattished wallplate and no bosses, Depresssed Tudor arch head openings with incised spandrels between chancel and south transept forming hagioscopes, 3 stone steps remain above of former stair. Scalloped rear-arches to east window of south transept and north window of north transept. Double roll moulded arched doorway to stair turret Carved fronts of choir stalls presented 1927, altar front and panelling c1925, piece of tomb stone set into cill of south chancel window with date 1717 visible. Ham stone table with moulded surround to Sara the wife of John Forde, Vicar, died 1621, inscribed in Latin with good lettering. Other memorials of note: to William Fewtrell, died 1777, wall tablet in grey and white marble with obelisk and urn; to John Fewtrell, died 1819, wall tablet with convex centre, white marble on grey slate; to Freeman Smith, died 1801, wall tablet in similar materials of Greek Revival design. Fine Perpendicular octagonal font with each lace divided into 3 trefoil-headed bays containing a central figure flanked by shields, C20 base, Brass lectern. Stained and coloured oak pulpit carved with the Five founds of Our Lord, restored in 1900 when the plaster coating removed and traces of colour were discovered. Remains of mediaval glass in upper lights of east window in north transept, windows in nave dated l934 and 1933, east window dated 1923 and signed J Wippell and Co (Exeter), south window in south tansept dated 1903 west window 1863. Ten Commandments and the Creed painted on 2 panels of tin and set against tower wall. Bells rehung 1931 (i)1672 (ii) 1748 Thomas Bayley,Bridgwater, (iii) l672, (iv) 1798 George Davis Bridgwater,(v) 1583 A rare dedication to the Saxon saint of St Aldhelm who was Bishop of Sherborne and died at Doulting in 709. The church is also dedicated to St Eadburgha,an abbess and granddaughter of King Alfred. The isolation of the church from the village of Broadway, about half a ails to the south-west is attributed to C17 plague. (Photograph in NMR; Pevsner, Buildings of England South and West Somerset, 1958; Anon, Church Guide,nd).

Listing NGR: ST3296715904


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


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 Sep 2002
Reference: IOE01/08932/15
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr David Penny. Source Historic England Archive
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