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Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
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ST 82066 41414


HORNINGSHAM CHURCH LANE ST 84 SW (east side) 2/111 Church of St. John the Baptist 11.9.68


Anglican parish church. C15 tower, remainder rebuilt 1844 by T.H. Wyatt and D. Brandon. Dressed limestone, tiled roof. Plan: nave and aisles, chancel with south chapel and north organ chamber, north porch, south-west tower over entrance. C15 north-west 3- stage tower has diagonal buttresses, double-chamfered Tudor-arched west doorway with C19 double doors with ornamental hinges and hoodmould, restored 3-light Perpendicular window over, offset bellstage has 2-light Perpendicular windows with decorative pierced louvres, moulded string course with carved grotesque animals to battlemented parapet with crocketed corner pinnacles. South aisle has four 2-light Perpendicular-style windows and cusped lancet to left, moulded eaves cornice to pitched roof. South chapel has two ogee cusped lancets, 2-light Perpendicular window to east, diagonal buttresses. Presbytery has Tudor-arched south doorway and ogee lancet, east end has 3-light Perpendicular window with ogee tracery, north side has two ogee lancets, blocking course with gothic lettering inscriptions to both sides. North aisle has four 2-light Perpendicular windows with hoodmoulds, central gabled porch with moulded pointed doorway with double doors with ornamental hinges, coped verge with quatrefoil and lamb. West end has 2-light Perpendicular window to north aisle, three small cusped lancets and large 2-light Perpendicular-style window to nave. Octagonal stair turret with battlemented parapet to north side of tower. Interior: Entrance in tower has carved ribbed ceiling with rosette bosses, Tudor-style screen to south aisle. Plain ashlar walls, tiled floors to unusually broad open interior. Seven-bay nave; west bay partitioned by ashlar wall with pointed doorway and painted inscription frieze, carved stone Royal Arms. Good hammer beam nave roof with carved spandrels. Six-bay north and south arcades on slender compound columns with foliated capitals and pointed arches. Very tall wide hollow and roll-moulded chancel arch with compound pilasters;- chancel same width as nave with fine 4-bay hammer beam roof with carved angels on hammer beams. Two pointed arches to south chapel and north organ chamber and vestry with traceried screens, painted biblical inscriptions on friezes, polychrome tiled floor, some Medieval tiles in presbytery. Fittings: stone traceried reredos, good brass candelabras, cylindrical stone pulpit with traceried panels, octagonal stone font at west end, good quality pews. East window has fine pictorial stained glass depicting The Crucifixion, 1860s glass in south chapel and west window. Tablets from earlier church in vestry: classical marble to Thomas Davis died 1807 by H. Westmacott and to William Crumbleholme died 1828 by Chapman of Frome, 1727 stone baroque tablet with illegible inscription. Rebuilding cost £5100 paid for by Dowager Marchioness of Bath. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England; Wiltshire, 1975.)

Listing NGR: ST8205941413


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Pevsner, N , The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1975)


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: 19 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/01508/01
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