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Parish Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Bere Regis, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7522 / 50°45'7"N

Longitude: -2.2176 / 2°13'3"W

OS Eastings: 384742

OS Northings: 94756

OS Grid: SY847947

Mapcode National: GBR 20K.Q5C

Mapcode Global: FRA 6773.3W5

Plus Code: 9C2VQQ2J+VW

Entry Name: Parish Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 20 November 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1170978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108309

Location: Bere Regis, Dorset, BH20

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Bere Regis

Built-Up Area: Bere Regis

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Bere Regis St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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13/34 Parish Church of St John
20/11/59 the Baptist


Parish Church. Pre-Conquest origin, largely rebuilt in C12. Further enlarged
in C13, C14, C15, C16. Restored c 1875, G E Street - Architect. Nave of 5
bays, north and south aisles, chancel, west tower, south porch. Tower C16,
of 3 stages, of stone and flint chequerwork. Inset angle buttresses, with
pinnacles, finishing below parapet. Projecting octagonal stair turret on north-
west. Battlemented parapet, with pinnacles. Top stage has 3-light windows
with pierced stone infilpanels. Second stage has a 2-light window in west
wall flanked by canopied niches. West door has 4-centred arch and carved
spandrils. Nave and aisle roofs of lead. South aisle, part rebuilt in C19,
has lower walls of stone and flint banding - upper walls of brick and flint.
Windows with reticulated tracery. Eastern window, of 5-lights in 3-centred
arch - C16. South porch c 1875, of brick and flint banding has stone slate
roof with coped gable. Waggon-type roof. 2 fire-hooks fixed over inner door.
Chancel - C15, has rough ashlar walls. 3-light windows with Perpendicular
tracery. East window contains some C13 material - reset in C19. Chancel
roof stone slated, with coped gables. Angle buttresses to chancel. North
aisle C14, rebuilt in C19 - re-using original windows. Walls of stone and
flint banding. Square-headed 3-light windows. Doorway with moulded
2-centred arch. Internally, 3 centre bays of north aisle, early C12, have
circular piers, plain caps and plain pointed arches of 2 orders. Corresponding
bays of south arcade, late C12, have carved caps and chevron moulding to
arches. Eastern bays originally led into transepts - now incorporated in aisles.
West bays, C13 - an extension of the original church. Tower arch C15, with
panelled soffits. Chancel arch C14, of 2 orders. Squints each side of chancel
arch. Chancel roof C19 - of 4-centred waggon form. Good late C16 canopied
table - tomb in north wall. East end of south aisle - Turberville chapel,con-
tains 2 similar monuments and one earlier tomb recess west of these. Late
C15 nave roof, of arch-braced tie-beam form with king and queen posts and
mock hammer-beams incorporating figures of the apostles. Carved bosses to
tie-beams - all members much enriched. Repaired and re-coloured c 1875 and
in C20. North aisle has C15 lean-to roof. Nave pews incorporate re-used
C16 carved ends. Font C12, with interlaced arcading. A church of great
interest - the nave roof outstanding. RCHM Monument 1.

Listing NGR: SY8474094755

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