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Church of Saint Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Limington, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9989 / 50°59'56"N

Longitude: -2.6546 / 2°39'16"W

OS Eastings: 354158

OS Northings: 122373

OS Grid: ST541223

Mapcode National: GBR MN.K78M

Mapcode Global: FRA 56BG.TW5

Entry Name: Church of Saint Mary

Listing Date: 19 April 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1056844

English Heritage Legacy ID: 262636

Location: Limington, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Limington

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


8/25 Church of Saint Mary

6V I

Church. Late C14 with earlier fragments. North door and footings of nave
and tower of Norman period; the South porch C13; the nave and tower
basically C14; the North chapel a fine example, of 1328; the Chancel of
C15 but restored in C19. Local stone, mostly cut, squared and random
coursed; with Ham stone dressings: plain clay tile roofs with coped
gables, except to the North chapel, which has large stone slabs over a
stone vault. 2- cell plan with 2-bay chancel and 4-bay nave, with added
North chapel, South porch and West tower. Chancel of near-ashlar
stonework, with plinth, corner offset buttresses almost full height and
coving course at eaves: East window a sub-arcuated 4-light tracery
window of the late C15 in a hollow chamfered recess without label, with
two 2-light windows to match on North and South sides: between the South
windows a plain doorway with 4-centre moulded arch and jambs. The nave
has slight plinth full height buttresses and an eaves course: on the
South side a C14 curvilinear tracery 2-light window with relieving arch
and no label; the porch with segmental pointed arch; then a 4-light
hollow chamfer mullioned window of c 1500 with traces of a relieving
arch over the label, then a small single light of probably C16; on the
North a 2-light plate tracery window with 2 Quatrefoils and one
octofoil in circles of late C13 and a blocked semi-circular arched
doorway. The North chapel has plinth, angled corner buttresses almost
full height and cill height intermediates; the North window 3-light,
East and West 2-lights, all C14 curvilinear tracery; above the North
window a trefoil arched statue niche, and in East wall a blocked
4-centre arched doorway. Tower in 3 stages marked by string courses;
simple pointed chamfer arched West doorway, and above a 3-light window
of late C15; at second-level a smaller 2-light West window, and a
similar window to each face at third level, these with pierced stone
baffles; above these small pierced roundels with curvilinear tracery;
low parapet, with gargoyles at corner; stair turret with slit windows on
North side crowned by weathervane. Inside, the porch has stone seats and
a pointed arch C13 doorway with a possibly C14 door with old ironwork
and lock. Chancel unplastered with an apparently C19 ribbed barrel vault
in timber, with cusped trefoil arched piscina, chancel arch of c 1380.
Nave plastered, with C19 crown post roof trusses, arch to North chapel
of 1328, tower arch possibly c 1280 having grotesque figures to
capital/corbel brackets. North chapel has ribbed stone barrel vault,
pointed rere-arches to North and West windows, and fine cinquefoil
cusped arched niche in North wall, also a simple piscina. Fittings
include an early C17 altar table, C14 popyhead choirstalls, a C17
pulpit, and an octagonal panelled font of early C16. There are four good
effigies in the North chapel, with traces of colouring, including those
of the chapel builder Sir Richard Gyvernay, died 1329, a son and his
second wife. The six bells, the earliest of C15, now lowered, March
1983. 3-fine incised C18 memorial slabs in the tower. Earliest known
rector 1215; Thomas Wolsey later Cardinal, held the living 1500-1509,
but probably did not live here after becoming chaplain to Archbishop of
Canterbury in 1501.

Listing NGR: ST5416022370

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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