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South Somerset (District Authority)
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ST 35268 22886



4/44 Church of St. Martin



Anglican parish church, C13, C15; C19 and early C20 restorations. Lias rubble, predominantly coursed and squared, Ham stone dressings, slate roofs to coped verges with cruciform finials, crested ridge to chancel. Predominantly Early English and Perpendicular. Nave, chancel, south aisle, south porch, west tower. Three-stage embattled tower with corner pinnacles, gargoyles, diagonal buttresses with offsets, topping polygonal stair-turret, 2-light bell chamber windows with tracery, stone grilles, 2 and 3-light ringing-chamber windows, tracery, stone grilles; gargoyles; large transomed 5-light west window with good tracery, ogee-arched west doorway in moulded surround, leaf spandrels; paired studded plank doors. Three bay nave, Perpendicular 3-light windows to the north. Three bay aisle, traceried 3-light windows, Perpendicular, except west window with reticulated tracery, C19 gabled porch; 2 bay chancel, 2-light square headed windows, priest's door in a simple chamfered surround. Three-light east window of 3 stepped cusped lancets. C13 lancets to north. Interior plastered on flagstone floors wit good C18 memorials inset. Nave and chancel under plastered wagon roofs with ornamental ribs and bosses, aisle with collar-and-tile beam roof with archbracing. Perpendicular moulded tower and chancel arches; 4 bay arcade to aisle, piers with similar moulding, Piscina to aisle and former canopy of a niche, now blocked. Upper and lower entrances to rood with staircase. Cusped rere-arches to chancel. Norman tub font with cable banding. Projecting stone corbels that supported the former rood loft. Restored Jacobean table. Good Victorian High Gothic pulpit and lectern. Late C19 altar rails. Good Edwardian altar table and painted canvas plaques with figures of romanticised saints flanking east window. Simple pine pews. Four good early C19 wall monuments. On south wall a reset brass to Jane Walsh of 1565, reused from a C13 memorial, some work of that period remaining on the rear. Small Gothick cased organ. Fragments of medieval stained glass to chancel and aisle. Richly coloured Edwardian east window. Good stained glass window to aisle of 1930.

Listing NGR: ST3526622887


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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: 26 Jan 2006
Reference: IOE01/14861/32
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Michael Perry. Source Historic England Archive
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