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Church of St Stephen

A Grade II Listed Building in Bettiscombe, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7962 / 50°47'46"N

Longitude: -2.854 / 2°51'14"W

OS Eastings: 339909

OS Northings: 99978

OS Grid: SY399999

Mapcode National: GBR MC.Z4RX

Mapcode Global: FRA 46XZ.MZ7

Entry Name: Church of St Stephen

Listing Date: 11 November 1966

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1118977

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104565

Location: Bettiscombe, West Dorset, Dorset, DT6

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Bettiscombe

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bettiscombe and Pilsdon St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


5/8 Church of St Stephen
Parish Church. Entirely rebuilt 1862, in Perpendicular style, by
John Hicks of Dorchester. Rubble-stone walls with freestone banding and
dressings. Tiled roof. West Tower, Nave, North Aisle, Chancel, South
Porch, West Tower, of four stages with stone quoins, unbutressed. South
stair turret of only two stages. Medieval Perpendicular west window of
three lights with tracery, reset. Two-light bell openings with stone
"traceries". Plain parapet with raised corners, stone-coped. South
elevation: window-porch-window; chancel: window-buttress-window. C19
windows of two trefoil-headed lights with a quatrefoil over. One reused
medieval head and mullion at east end of chancel south wall, with heraldic
label-stop. Porch with 2-centred arch entrance with moulded stone jambs.
Diagonal buttresses with set-offs.
Interior: Nave with three-bay north arcade, carried on standard responds
with hollow chamfers. Plain capitals and bases. Tower-arch: straight-
chamfered dying into walls. Chancel-arch: three responds with wave-mountings
over. Roof, wooden, of single-hammer-beam design with arch-braces, all carried
on carved stone corbels. Segmental ridge-members Pulpit: C19, stone of
debased Perpendicular type with tall panels and traceried heads. Signs of
the Four Evangelists. Font: C19, octagonal stone bowl with central stone
support and four Purbeck marble colonettes. Carved panels with e.g. Star of
David, Dove, IHS, Passion flower, acorns and leaves. Monuments: (1) Stone
floor-slab, at chancel-step, to Jane wife of John Pinney, dated 1695.
(2) Blue lias floor-slab, next to (1), to Nathaniel Pinney dated 1724 and Naomi,
his wife dated 1741. Lettering within panelled framing, comparable to Manor
House hall. Source: R.C.H.C. Dorset I, p. 28(1).

Listing NGR: SY3990999978

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