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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Broadoak, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.4301 / 50°25'48"N

Longitude: -4.5888 / 4°35'19"W

OS Eastings: 216228

OS Northings: 62114

OS Grid: SX162621

Mapcode National: GBR N8.Q93R

Mapcode Global: FRA 178X.J2D

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 21 August 1964

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1140324

English Heritage Legacy ID: 60533

Location: Broadoak, Cornwall, PL22

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Broadoak

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Bradoc

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text


4/31 Church of St Mary the Virgin


Parish Church. Cruciform church of Norman origins. Early remains in west
tower rebuilt in circa C13 with later tracery. North transept restored in mid C19.
Nave probably late C13, south aisle circa C15, porch probably late C15 and vestry
mid C19 to east of north transept. East end of south aisle rebuilt possibly during
mid C19 restoration.
Rubble stone with slate roofs. Nave and chancel in one with continuous roof.
5-bay south aisle not quite full length of nave. East window 4 light Perpendicular
with hood mould and drips. Similar east window to south aisle. Nave north window,
3-lights with cusped heads in square surround possibly partly reused and reset in
C19. Evidence of north door. 4 Perpendicular 3-light windows to south aisle with
hood moulds and drips. West window of south aisle 3-light Perpendicular with hood
moulds and drips. Gabled south porch. 4-centred arch with roll mould in square
surround. Sundial dated 1660 above. 4-centred arch to south door with roll mould
and chamfered jambs. North transept, north window C19 with rounded heads to 3
lights. Square headed C19 door on east side.
West tower on early stone plinth. Unbuttressed in two stages, battlemented
with crocketted finials. Pointed chamfered arch to west door with chamfered jambs.
Pointed west window under hood mould with late reticulated tracery, circa mid C14.
2-light rectangular bell openings with louvres. Vestry; C19 shouldered arch to
entrance on north and 2-light cusped C19 window on east.
Interior; arcade to south aisle, 5 bays with type A (Pevsner) granite piers
with elongated bases and octagonal flat capitals. Waggon roof to porch, nave,
south aisle and chancel. Restored and partly replaced in 1926. Round headed tower
arch. Two 4-centred arches to north transept with heavy moulded piers, circa C16
and renewed capitals. Possibly resited.
Nave, south aisle and chancel reseated in late C19. Earlier seating in north
transept. Circa C16 oak bench ends have been incorporated into east side of front
benches to nave and south aisle. These include a figure of Father Time, 2 figures
of saints and instruments of the passion. Rood screen; circa C16. 2 sections of
base remain with 4 panels on north and 6 on south in later surround. Panels
divided by twisted engaged columns with castellated capitals. The panels include
intertwined renaissance foliage, serpents and heads. Upper part has been used as a
parclose screen in Boconnoc Church (q.v. Boconnoc Church).
Norman pentewan stone font with renewed granite base. Round shaft and cushion
head with carved heads on corners. Tree of life on one face with palmettes on
other three.
Timber pulpit, circa C16, on renewed stone base. Hexagonal with oak carved
panels with rounded arches. Intertwined foliage and heraldic arms.
Alabaster reredos depicting Last Supper, presented in 1911. 2 painted
Commandment boards on south wall of north transept with Lord's Prayer and Creed on
ogee-headed boards on east and west walls.
Glass: South aisle; early heraldic glass in upper lights of windows. Arms
of Pitt, Fortescue and Ryder families. East window, 1878, in memory of G M
Unusual carved screen at west end with beak-head figures at base of muntins.
Panels depicting stiff figures including woman with serpent, 3 faces (1 en face, 2
in profile) and 2 figures facing each other. Pevsner compares them with Volkskunst
of the C18.
Village stocks at west end.
Bradoc Churchyard possibly a Lan (oval embanked churchyard).

Sources: C Henderson The Cornish Church Guide 1925 r p 1964
N Pevsner and E Radcliffe Buildings of England, Cornwall, 1970, 2nd edition.
Kelly's Directory, 1889
Bradoc Church, Points of Interest (Church Guide)

Listing NGR: SX1623062113

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