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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Churchill, Winscombe, North Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3384 / 51°20'18"N

Longitude: -2.8092 / 2°48'33"W

OS Eastings: 343729

OS Northings: 160239

OS Grid: ST437602

Mapcode National: GBR JF.VXS3

Mapcode Global: VH7CN.8M89

Plus Code: 9C3V85QR+98

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 9 February 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1157891

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33940

Location: Churchill, North Somerset, BS25

County: North Somerset

Civil Parish: Churchill

Built-Up Area: Dinghurst

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


4/72 Church of St. John the Baptist
G.V. I

Anglican parish church. C12 origin, C14 and C15 rebuilding with 1879
restoration. Coursed rubble throughout except west facade of tower which is of
squared and coursed dressed stone. Ashlar dressings and copings, dressed stone
quoins, lead roof to nave, slates to chancel. Nave, chancel, west tower, north
and south aisles, south porch. South aisle has 3-light Perpendicular windows
under pointed heads and offset buttressing which develops into crocketted
pinnacles at parapet level. Trefoil pierced triangular parapet frieze with fine
gargoyles to moulded eaves. South-west embattled polygonal corner stair turret
and also north-east corner turret. Chancel has C19 Perpendicular style 2-light
windows under flat heads and a 3-light C19 east window. North aisle of 5 bays
with 2 and 3-light Perpendicular windows under pointed heads with some C19 renewal.
North door. Tower of 3 stages with diagonal buttresses, moulded string courses,
north-east polygonal higher corner stair turret with blind panelled embattled cap
and pierced quatrefoil lozenge parapet with corner pinnacles and gargoyles. West
facade has pointed-arched doorway with C19 window set in it and above, a 3-light
C19 window in original C15 surround. Above this at 2nd stage level an aedicule
with crocketted canopy and shield below. Bell stage has single light openings
and above, 2-light bell openings with densely pierced lozenge panels. South
porch has similar parapets to aisles but corner buttresses with face carvings at
eaves cornice. Deeply moulded pointed-arched doorway with hoodmould and C19
wrought iron 2-leaf gate. South door is deeply moulded with hoodmould, angel
stops and C19 two-leaf plank door. Further doorway to west wall and tie-beam
roof set on angel corbels. Benefactions board above south door, 2 mutilated
effigies of a woman and knight in armour (C14) along east and west walls.
Interior. Nave has 4-bay arcades: C14 with octagonal piers to south, C15 with
clustered shafts to north. Restored wagon roof with fine carved bosses. Tower
arch of 2 orders with tierceron vault to bell stage. Rood stair and quatrefoil
squint to north jamb of chancel arch, further squint on south jamb. C15 chancel
arch of 2 orders, C19 barrel vault. Ogee-headed piscina on chancel south-east
wall. Aisles have restored tie-beam roofs on angel corbels. Fittings. Nave
has C15 pews, some renewed. C13 font bowl with C19 cover. 1909 Perpendicular
style pulpit. Painting of the Last Supper over south door. Tower has several
wall monuments and royal coat of arms dated 1663. Chancel has fine 1644 monument
to Sara Latch. Fragments of medieval glass in 2 north aisle windows, C19 glass
in remainder. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol,

Listing NGR: ST4373060243

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