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Church of St Mary Magdalen

A Grade I Listed Building in South Marston, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.5904 / 51°35'25"N

Longitude: -1.7194 / 1°43'9"W

OS Eastings: 419535

OS Northings: 187991

OS Grid: SU195879

Mapcode National: GBR 4V4.B3J

Mapcode Global: VHC0X.49W3

Plus Code: 9C3WH7RJ+56

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalen

Listing Date: 26 January 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1023403

English Heritage Legacy ID: 318524

ID on this website: 101023403

Location: St Mary Magdalen's Church, South Marston, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3

County: Swindon

Civil Parish: South Marston

Built-Up Area: Swindon

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Stratton St Margaret with South Marston

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Church of St Mary Magdalen


Small medieval parish church with west tower. Built of rubble with ashlar
quoins and dressings. Stone tile roof. Crenellated parapet to nave. Four
bay aisleless nave, mostly in Perpendicular style with flat headed 2-light
windows; contemporary south porch retaining one pinnacle above a diagonal
buttress and sundial over entrance.
North and south doors plain C12 retained from earlier church.
C13 2 bay chancel with stepped lancet east window. Two stage crenellated
C15 tower with corbelled diagonal pinnacles (probably a C19 addition), south
stair turret and diagonal buttresses to west. West door in Perpendicular
style with large 3 light west window over. Above is a niche with C19 or modern
statue of Christ. Unusual sanctus turret of octagonal shape with ogee decoration
to openings and with weathervane. This with the south chapel (forming gabled
transept) and crenellations are by John Belcher 1886. Vestry to north-east.
Interior: chancel lancets have unusual rere-splays. Reredos and chancel arch
with nodding ogee canopies date from 1886 restoration. Memorials: lies Charity
luke (died 1719), in south chapel; Thomas Freke 1721; Anthony Southby 1759;
Anne Southby (died 1770) small urn on angel corbel.
Well stocked graveyard to south with head stones (some double) and table tombs
- mostly C18 and C19.

Listing NGR: SU1953687991

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