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North Somerset (Unitary Authority)
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ST 35244 58595



5/7 Church of Saint Mary the Virgin 9.2.61 G.V. II*

Anglican Parish Church. C15, major extension and restoration 1849 by S.C. Fripp. Coursed rubble, freestone dressings, slate roofs. West tower, nave, chancel, north vestry, south aisle. All Perpendicular. 3-stage tower with plinth, diagonal buttresses rising to crocketed finials, polygonal stair turret at south east; first stage has C15, plank west door in richly moulded four-centered arch under drip with angel stops below 3-light window; at second stage, blank 2-light openings with grotesque stops, except east, no opening, at north, string is broken by clock of 1887; third stage, each face has paired 2-light windows to bell chamber, outer light blank, inner crocketed finials; gargoyles and a trefoil pierced parapet; stair turret has cusped panels and is surmounted by a hexagonal spirelet. 2-bay nave has 3-light windows between buttresses, at east a polygonal, battlemented rood stair turret has one tiny quatrefoil light, at gable head sits a sanctus bell cote of C15 work, but reset. Gabled chancel of 1849 has 3-light east window and two 2-light windows to south, on either side of a plain priest's door, all under a continuous string. Similar north vestry of 1870 has a 2-light east window and cusped lancets to north and west. 3-bay, gabled south aisle, also 1849, sits between 2 buttresses of original south wall and has 3 three-light windows; in east gable a C15 canopied niche is reset. Interior: tall, moulded tower arch of waves and hollows rises to a lierne tracery vault on angel corbels, there is a C19 screen with mock linenfold. Nave has a Wagon roof with decorated wall plate and bosses, remains of rood stair openings now house stairs to refixed stone pulpit of the local school-corbelled with friezes from a narrow stem, each panel has 2 cusped lights, separated by crocketed finials, all surmounted by 2 further floreate friezes. The wave and step moulded C15 chancel arch enters work of 1849 with wagon roof and wide north arch into vestry to house organ, there is a reset C16 niche, tudor arch with cusped panels in the soffit and decorated spandrels, now housing damaged mural brass to the Payne family, 1528. South aisle has a 3-bay arcade, octagonal piers with attached shafts. Glass: East window in nave has fragments of C15 and later heraldic glass, remainder is victorian and later. Fittings: simple, octagonal font of late date, low, plain box pews of 1785 in north nave, stone reredos, between crocketed and canopied niches, of 1858. Tablets: south aisle, marble and slate, with crown bearing arms, family effigies, Nathaniel Still, 1626; chest tomb on dark ground, Watson 1833, by Wheeler, Gloucester; chancel, all slate lozenge, flanked by naive columns, above, an hourglass, below, cherubs and a skull, Robert Willis, 1719; south chancel wall, freestone, ogee headed moulded canopy, marble tablet with urn on dark ground to J. Smith, Rector, 1825, by Lancaster and Walker of Bristol. Sources: Coward, 'The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Hutton'. n.d. N. Pevsner. 'The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol' 1958.

Listing NGR: ST3524558598


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Books and journals
Coward, , The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (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: 08 Aug 2006
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