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Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Seavington St Michael, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.931 / 50°55'51"N

Longitude: -2.8407 / 2°50'26"W

OS Eastings: 341015

OS Northings: 114951

OS Grid: ST410149

Mapcode National: GBR MD.PN3P

Mapcode Global: FRA 46YN.152

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 4 February 1958

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1057002

English Heritage Legacy ID: 264163

Location: Seavington St. Michael, South Somerset, Somerset, TA19

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Seavington St Michael

Built-Up Area: Seavington St Michael

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: South Petherton with the Seavingtons and the Lambrooks

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Anglican parish church. Late C12, possibly refenestrated, porched c1291; C15 alterations, gallery of c1800, vestry
1858, reseating of 1899. Ham stone rubble, ashlar dressings; Welsh slate roof between stepped coped gables, with low
parapet to nave. Two-cell plan of single-bay chancel, 3-bay nave, with north porch, south-east vestry and western bell
turret. Chancel has no plinth, but clasping corner buttresses without offsets; 2-light east window, C14 tracery under
pointed-arched plain-stopped label; north wall has 2-light flat-arched C15 windows, trefoil-cusped lights with incised
spandrils, all set in hollow rectangular recess with deep square plain-stopped label; on south side the leanto vestry,
with similar flat-arched window but not in a recess, in the east wall. Nave has corner buttresses to half-height, and
added bay buttresses on south side to full height; centre bay on south side has a blocked chamfered pointed-arched
doorway, with diamond-leaded window inserted with cill just below springing; on either side a 2-light C15 early
Perpendicular traceried window, no recesses, plain-stepped labels; similar windows on north wall, but the north-east is
3-light with square-stop label; west window also 3-light C15, with pointed-arched square-stopped label, below being a
small buttress and above a semi-circular arched plain window to serve the gallery. Crowning west wall is the bell
turret; simple ashlar west gable with arched openings for 2 bells, and to east a Welsh slate-clad casing: until the
1770s a stone tower is mentioned, but in 1822 a wooden turret with 3 bells is described - either or both may refer to
this structure. North porch has chamfered plinth, ball finial to north gable; 2-order moulded pointed outer arch and
simple pointed inner arch; bench seats, segmental barrel vault ceiling. Interior mostly C19 reshaping: chancel very
plain, with C19 scissor-truss roof; trefoil-cusped piscina in south wall of sanctuary; double-panelled chancel arch to
almost full width. Nave has segmental plaster barel vault of 1825, with gallery at west end; another piscina,
cinquefoil cusped, in south wall, and near chancel arch four later C14 corbel brackets for rood loft or lenten veil,
two having carved heads. Choirstalls removed: fittings in chancel of C19 and C20; likewise in nave except for a
circular tub font on rectangular base, probably C12/C13, with late C18 cover. Charles II hatchment over north door: in
chancel the effigy of a man, c1280-90, possibly Adam le Denys, Lord of the Manor of Seavington St Denys, d.1284. Two
fragments of early medieval glass in tracery of south-west nave window, and C18 glass panel in west window. First
mention of church in 1226, first recorded rector 1297. (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958;
VCH, Vol III, 1974; Greenwood, C and J, Somerset Delineated, 1822).

Listing NGR: ST4101514951

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