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Church of Holy Trinity

A Grade I Listed Building in Nailsea, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.4258 / 51°25'33"N

Longitude: -2.7693 / 2°46'9"W

OS Eastings: 346610

OS Northings: 169928

OS Grid: ST466699

Mapcode National: GBR JH.PG3F

Mapcode Global: VH7C8.YFC9

Entry Name: Church of Holy Trinity

Listing Date: 11 October 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1136892

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33737

Location: Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Nailsea

Built-Up Area: Nailsea

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

NAILSEA C.P. ST. MARY'S GROVE (north side)
ST 46 NE
6/72 Church of Holy Trinity
G.V. I
Parish church. C15, porch dated 1712, restored 1861, with church room in course
of construction at time of survey (March 1985). Rubble, limestone dressings,
slate roofs, stone tiled roof to porch. West tower, nave, south aisle and
chapel, south porch, chancel and north chapel. Perpendicular style throughout.
4-stage tower has pointed arched west door in moulded surround with hood mould,
3-light window above with hood mould and mask stops, 2nd stage has similar
smaller 2-light window all sides, 3rd stage has 2-light bell-openings with stone
tracery and hood mould, similar openings at 4th stage, clock at 2nd stage south
with hood mould and string course; parapet with pierced cusped lozenges,
gargoyles and crocketed pinnacles, north west octagonal stair tower, with
lancets and similar parapet, pinnacles, spire and weathervane; plinth,
weathered string courses, diagonal buttresses stepped up to top stage. 3-bay
south aisle has two 3-light windows with hood mould to right, paired lancets with
cusped heads and flat hood mould to left, buttresses, parapet and coping, 4-light
east window with hood mould; bay to left has gabled porch with stilted arched
chamfered opening and datestone "This porch was new built in the year 1712",
raised coped verges, heavy door with raised fillets. Chancel has 3-light east
window, paired cusped lancet with flat hood mould north and south, parapet and
coping and cross finial. North elevation concealed by new building. Interior:
tall pointed tower arch with broad wave and hollow mouldings, C20 panelled
gallery across upper part, 4-centred arched door to tower; nave has 4-bay C19
roof of principal rafters, collars, one row of purlins and wall plate, principals
rising from stone corbels, two 3-light windows to north and door with triangular
head, 4-centred arched north door to stair, leading to left to stone pulpit, to
right to former rood loft, octagonal pulpit on stem, each side with 2 blank
panels, small 2-light cusped window above; 5-bay south arcade has wide pointed
arches, piers with 4 shafts and 4 wide hollows, with thin shaft set within, broad
band of foliage along the capitals, where rood loft ran, capitals have bull,
angel and lion. South aisle and chapel have 5-bay shallow pitched roof with
principals and 2 rows of purlins, some older timbers re-used, trefoil-headed
piscina in south wall and shelf for image on mask corbel. Porch has one row of
purlins and ridge purlin visible, inner door in similar moulded surround with
hood mould, polygonal image shelf above. Chancel has wide pointed arch to north
chapel (now organ chamber), shafts to sides with mouldings as in south arcade,
4-centred arched doorway to chapel by pulpit stair and squint to north; blocked
4-centred arched south priest's door, trefoil-headed piscina with crocketed hood
and pinnacles, C19 stone reredos; 2-bay roof of similar construction to nave,
small quatrefoil light above at junction with nave. Fittings: octagonal
Perpendicular stone font in nave; C18 Royal Arms, painted stone with cherubs,
over north door. Monuments in nave: stone tablet with verse, to Thomas
Jenkins, Rector of Backwell, 1626; stone tablet with shield and cherubs, to
Tobias Hart, 1722; marble tablet with draped urn, to Mary Simmons Coombs, 1815;
slate tablet in carved stone surround with flowers and cherubs, to Sarah Walter,
1754; paired brass inscription plates, set in fine carved stone surround with
2 trumpeting angels, to Mary Bennett, 1727; stone tablet with paired panels and
painted cherub, to John Baily, 1768; similar stone tablet with inset brass plate
and shield, to Ralph Vigers, 1711 and Thomas Tyndall,1720. In south chapel a
marble tablet with cornice, to William Bullock, 1780; marble tablet with
pediment, to William Hinkes, 1747. In chancel, fine monument with Doric
columns and scrolled broken pediment, to Richard Cole, 1650; ledger stones
obscured by C20 platform. (Sources: Pevsner, N. : Buildings of England : North
Somerset and Bristol 1958).

Listing NGR: ST4661369929

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