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Church of the Holy Cross

A Grade II* Listed Building in Oake, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0151 / 51°0'54"N

Longitude: -3.1882 / 3°11'17"W

OS Eastings: 316748

OS Northings: 124638

OS Grid: ST167246

Mapcode National: GBR LX.JB44

Mapcode Global: FRA 466F.HRS

Plus Code: 9C3R2R86+2P

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Cross

Listing Date: 25 January 1956

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060326

English Heritage Legacy ID: 271030

Location: Oake, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA4

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Oake

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Hillfarrance

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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5/80 Church of the Holy Cross
Parish church. C14 and C15, tower early C16, extensively restored 1857 when porch and
vestry added, tower restored 1924, church reroofed and restored 1967. Red sandstone
random rubble, Ham stone dressings, decorative patterned claytiles on south side
facing village, decorative ridge tiles, coped verges. West tower, south porch abutting
south chapel, 2-bay nave, north-east vestry and chancel. Three stage tower with
quatrefoil pierced parapet continued around stair turret placed on centre of north face,
gargoyles, diagonal buttresses, 2-light bell-openings with Somerset tracery, second
stage unlit, 3-light west window with continous hood mould resting on string course
above decorative spandrels of 4-centred arch head west doorway, C20 door 3-light
window to south face of nave, wall splayed out with part buttress visible behind C19
single storey porch, moulded arch opening, C19 door with remains of holy water stoup
to right, abutting chapel projecting beyond, 2-light south and east windows, 2-light
south wall of chancel, 3-light east window, 2-light east window to vestry, door on north
face, very large buttress at junction of vestry and nave,possibly part of former rood
stair, two 3-light mullioned windows under hoodnoulds. Interior: rendered, exposed
rubble to tower. Chamfered chancel arch, 4-centred tower arch chamfered in 2 orders with
date 1884 carved on north face, very large buttress at junction of vestry and nave,
possibly part of former rood stair, two 3-light mullioned windows under hoodmoulds,
Perpendicular arch to chapel cut back with angel corbel inserted above 2 shafts on east
wall, C19 dedication to William de Vernai died 1333. Roofs C19, chancel shallow barrel
vault with painted decoration, nave moulded ribbed barrel vault, ceiled, billeted wall
plate, C20 roof to Vernai chapel. Aumbry, piscina and sedilia in chancel, moulded
ogee-headed stair turret doorway. Slate memorial tablet to William North, died 1809,
inscribed "Long fecit,Taunton". C19 octagonal font on 4 pillars, C19 bench ends copies
of C16 originals, C19 pulpit. John Peryn of Wellington left money towards the building
of the church tower in his will dated 1509. It shares with St Mary, West Buckland
(qv.) the unusual characteristic of having the stair turret placed centrally on
the tower wall rather than at a corner.
(Pevsner Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, l958).

Listing NGR: ST1674824638

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