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Church of St John the Evangelist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kenn, North Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4168 / 51°25'0"N

Longitude: -2.8413 / 2°50'28"W

OS Eastings: 341593

OS Northings: 168975

OS Grid: ST415689

Mapcode National: GBR JD.PVCJ

Mapcode Global: VH7C7.PNS8

Entry Name: Church of St John the Evangelist

Listing Date: 11 October 1961

Last Amended: 20 January 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1136680

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33705

Location: Kenn, North Somerset, BS21

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Kenn

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

KENN C.P. KENN STREET (south side)
ST 46 NW
5/40 Church of St. John The Evangelist
11.10.61

G.V. II*

Parish church. Tower said to be of Norman origin, chancel c. 1300, south door
of C15, rest mostly C19 rebuilding and restoration. Rubble, limestone dressings
and quoins, plain tiled roofs with raised coped verges and crestings, stepped
stone pyrammidal roof to tower (of later construction). West tower, nave, south
porch, chancel, north vestry. Perpendicular style, mostly of C19. Tower in
one stage, has battered walls, pointed arched lancets at top all sides except
east, 2 lower lancets to west, lowest one with scalloped stonework at head, roof
has fleur de lys at corners and cross finial. 2-bay nave has to north two
3-light C19 windows with hood mould and mask stops, 2 similar windows to south
and central gabled porch with cross finial, moulded stilted arched opening with
hood mould and mask stops, lancet to each side, roof of common rafters, arched-
braces, collar and collar purlin, similar inner door opening with Perpendicular
style double doors with raised fillets and studs. Chancel has 2-light east
window with cusped ogee heads and Y-tracery, pointed arch and relieving arch,
2-light south window with cusped ogee heads, cusped upper tracery, square head
and stopped hood mould, blocked priest's door with 4-centred arched head, cross
finial. Vestry has 2-light trefoil-headed window in gable end to north, pointed
segmental-headed door to right in lean-to and similar door to left.
Interior: low pointed arched opening to tower with blocked circular opening
above; nave has roof of common rafters, arched-braces, collars and collar
purlin, at junction with chancel, shafts to sides with foliate capitals, chancel
has roof of similar construction divided into 3 bays, principal arched-braces
rising from foliate corbels on masks, moulded principals with carved bosses at
junctions, some possibly re-used. Nave has pointed segmental upper head to
south door, chancel has C19 stone reredos and wide pointed arch to vestry;
vestry has common rafter and collar roof. Fittings: C19 stone pulpit on marble
colonnettes in nave; C19 pews in chancel with poppy-head bench-ends; octagonal
stone font in nave on circular stem with 4 shafts, possible C14. Monuments in
nave: tablet to Sir Nicholas Staling, gentleman usher at court of Elizabeth I,
with shield of arms, 1605; monument to Sir Christopher Kenn, 1593 with
3 kneeling figures above a semi-reclining female figure; C16, C17 and C18 ledger
stones in porch. (Sources: Pevsner, N. : Buildings of England : North Somerset
and Bristol. 1958).


Listing NGR: ST4159368975

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