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Dorset (Unitary Authority)
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ST 60305 13270


THORNFORD ST 6013-6113 CHURCH ROAD (west side) 16/139 Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene 31.7.61 GV II*

Parish Church. Chancel and west tower, C14. Nave rebuilt in C15, and north chapel added. North vestry added in C16. Church restored in 1866, when north aisle was added, incorporating former north chapel. North vestry rebuilt. South wall ofnave rebuilt. South porch added. Rubble-stone walls with ashlar dressings. Lead roofs. West tower, C14, of 3 stages with an embattled parapet and gargoyles. The west window is of three trefoiled ogee lights with tracery in a 2-centred head. In the external sill is part of the square head of a doorway, now destroyed. Bell-chamber has, in each wall, a window of 2 trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil in a 2-centred head. The lights have pierced stone slabs, one on the south being dated 1634. Chancel: much refenestrated in C15, having an east window of 3 cinquefoiled lights with tracery in a two-centred,moulded reveals, label and head stops. South wall has two C15 windows similar to the east window, though of two lights. Blocked C15 doorway has chamfered jambs and 4-centred head. North wall has a c. C14 window, altered in C15. Nave, south wall has two C15 windows, similar to the south windows of the chancel; the inner reveals are shafted and have foliage capitals. North aisle, C19, except for the C15 east bay, east window of C15 is blocked except for the tracery. Aisle has four 2-light windows. Diagonal buttresses. South porch, has side buttresses with set-offs, gabled and coped with a cross at apex. Entrance has responds and a pointed-arch head. Label over, stopped. Inner entrance has moulded jambs and pointed-arch head. 2-leaf plank-and-muntin door, studded, C19. North vestry, C19, though the north window incorporates a square C15 window-head of 2 cinquefoiled ogee lights. Interior: north arcade of 4 bays, four attached shafts to piers, with carved capitals and moulded arch-orders. Pointed arches. Chancel-arch, C19. Tower- arch, of 2 moulded orders, inner springs from moulded corbels carved with faces. Roofs: ground-stage of tower incorporates 7 C15 bosses (RCHM). Chancel has a wagon-roof, ceiled and bossed along the ridge, 015. Nave: arch-braced scissored construction with ashlaring, C19. Consecration crosses, 14 (RCHM). Fonts: 1) Octagonal bowl panelled and stem, C15. 2) Broken circular bowl with moulded necking, C13. Screen stone, of 5 bays including doorway, C15. Monuments and floor- slabs of C17 and C18. (RCHM, Dorset I, p 249(2)).

Listing NGR: ST6030513270


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Inventory of Dorset, (1974), 249


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: 06 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/00703/19
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr RJ Whittick. Source Historic England Archive
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