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Church of St Peter and St Paul

A Grade I Listed Building in Bleadon, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3075 / 51°18'26"N

Longitude: -2.9462 / 2°56'46"W

OS Eastings: 334141

OS Northings: 156909

OS Grid: ST341569

Mapcode National: GBR J7.XZLP

Mapcode Global: VH7CR.WDBJ

Entry Name: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Listing Date: 9 February 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1129064

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33613

Location: Bleadon, North Somerset, BS24

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Bleadon

Built-Up Area: Bleadon

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


4/4 Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
G.V. I

Anglican Parish Church. C14 (dedicated 1317), mostly C15, restored, and chancel
shortened, mid C19. Rubble brought to courses, freestone dressings, slate
roof, coped verges. West tower, nave, south porch, chancel, north organ chamber.
Perpendicular tower, nave and first bay of chancel, remainder of which is
decorated. Tower of 3 stages, weathered diagonal buttresses, north east
polygonal stair turret; first stage, low, four centered arch west door under
drip mould with decorated stops and blank shields in spandrels, 4-light pointed
west window; second stage has one blank pointed window per side; at third stage,
each side has 3 similar 2-light windows, outer ones are blank, central window is
part open and louvred to bell chamber; half way up this stage, buttresses fade
to clasping pilasters which rise through cornice to crocketed finials above
quatrefoil pierced parapet; stair turret rises above this with panels and
spirelet. Nave has 3 windows to south, tracery of that to west is plain, heavy
and not cusped; to north, window to west is similar, then there is a blocked
four-centred door with drip, then evidence of a 2-bay blocked arcade, the eastern
bay of which has a small 2-light window, beyond is a plain, square rood stair
turret with a single slit light. Gabled south porch has moulded, pointed arch
and similar empty niche above. The west bay of the chancel has a 3-light window,
Perpendicular, under a drip with one grotesque stop, beyond, chancel is decorated;
to the south there are 2 two-light windows under a narrow drip which is joined at
the impost, window to west has a further 2 lights below a transom, a low side
light, between these windows a priests door with a prettily cusped head; 3-light
east window; at north, 2 two-light windows, much restored, evidence of a blocked
doorway (perhaps to former sacristy); the gabled north organ chamber is of 1953.
Interior: very thick tower arch bears only one wave below the impost and is
moulded above, there is a tierceron vault and a C20 screen; nave windows have
complete rear-arches, that at south west has double moulding, all have very deep
hollow; 2-bay blocked arcade at north east has shafts and hollows; rood stair
doors are intact, crude moulded wagon roof; south porch has a moulded inner door
above which is a narrow niche with vaulted canopy, mounted in east wall is a
substantial fragment of mediaeval statuary, a panel with Madonna and 2 kneeling
supplicants all under a cusped ogee arch; heavily moulded chancel arch with
stone screen base, all the decorated windows have cinquefoiled rear-arches, there
is an ogee cusped and sub-cusped canopy over the priest's door and this motif is
repeated over a tomb recess in the south of the sanctuary, small cusped aumbry to
north, plain wagon roof. Glass: east window of 1964, otherwise victorian
memorial glass. Fittings: C12 tub font on later pedestal. Altered C15 pulpit
on pedestal with a frieze, then a 2 light panel per side between crocketed
finials, above a frieze and a cornice, mounted in arcade are C14 encaustic floor
tiles from former chancel and fragments of early statuary. Tablets: south nave,
slate crown and apron, remainder marble with allegorical figure to Mary Tutton,
1769, by S. Haynes of Bristol; marble on slate ground with draped urn to Samuel
Norman, 1805, by H. Wood of Bristol. Sources: unascribed church guide n.d.;
N. Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol' 1958.

Listing NGR: ST3414356909

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