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Latitude: 50.7899 / 50°47'23"N
Longitude: -2.1245 / 2°7'28"W
OS Eastings: 391317
OS Northings: 98934
OS Grid: SY913989
Mapcode National: GBR 209.HNW
Mapcode Global: FRA 67F0.44C
Entry Name: Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 18 March 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1154550
English Heritage Legacy ID: 107675
Location: Sturminster Marshall, East Dorset, Dorset, DT11
District: East Dorset
Civil Parish: Sturminster Marshall
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Almer and Charborough St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
SY 99 NW ALMER
9/50 Church of St Mary
Parish church. C12 nave and north arcade, C14 rebuilding of the north
aisle, west tower of C15, south wall of nave and south porch C18 (1720),
chancel rebuilt late C19, restoration of 1908. Walls of ironstone rubble
(some flintwork) with large quoins, bands of limestone, ironstone ashlar of
small (chancel) and large (nave) blocks, with limestone dressings; plinth,
eaves moulding to part. Tile roof, with stone slates to the lower courses.
The nave south wall has two round-headed windows with a simple architrave
and key; the north aisle wall is mainly C14 with three windows (2 of the
C14), and the west end shows earlier masonry and the remains of a north
door; the chancel has a window to each wall of C14 style. The tower is of
two (external) stages, with a crenellated parapet and corner pinnacles,
coupled traceried openings to the bell stage, and a lower window on the west
face, plinth, weathered band and moulded band below the parapet. The south
porch contains a re-set Norman doorway. Inside, the Norman arcade has round
arches on cylindrical columns, with scalloped caps and square bases; the
tall tower arch has two moulded orders, the Purbeck font (c1400) has an
octagonal bowl with coupled arches to each face, supported on a narrow
column, which rests on a C13 inverted bowl (itself re-cut). The fittings
are 1908, but there is a Royal Coat of Arms of George III, 1800, and a small
inscribed brass of 1517. RCHM
Listing NGR: SY9132098931
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