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Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Compton Abbas, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9654 / 50°57'55"N

Longitude: -2.1878 / 2°11'15"W

OS Eastings: 386910

OS Northings: 118463

OS Grid: ST869184

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y2.KNW

Mapcode Global: FRA 669K.HHJ

Plus Code: 9C2VXR86+5V

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 16 August 1960

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1172426

English Heritage Legacy ID: 102945

Location: Compton Abbas, Dorset, SP7

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Compton Abbas

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Compton Abbas St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

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10/103 Church of St Mary

Parish church, 1868. By George Evans. Snecked rubble and ashlar with
ashlar dressings. Tiled, gable-ended roof with stone copings. Plan:
nave, chancel, south tower/porch, south aisle, north vestry/organ
chamber. In the 'Early English' style. Tower/porch: buttressed; not
divided into stages; 2 centred moulded arch with shafted jambs and
stiff-leaf capitals surmounted by label with head stops; ashlar vice
turret to west; lancet with label having head stops above; arcaded bell
openings each face having 3 arches the outermost of which are blind;
broachspire with gablets. Other windows mainly lancets with labels
having carved stops. West window of 3 graduated lancets. South chancel
window has 2-centred head and plate tracery. Vestry has an octagonal
stack and a west door with shafted jambs. Interior features: moulded
2-centred chancel arch with marble shafted jambs having carved capitals,
label with carved stops; 2-bay, 2-centred arcade with flat soffits and
plain jambs, massive round central pier with carved capital; vestry/
organ chamber arch is segmental pointed with flat soffits and jambs:
4-bay nave roof sub-divided by sub-principals; main principals have arch-
braced collars with king-posts and struts and spring-from corbels; sub-
principals are scissor-braced and spring from wall-plates; quadripartite,
ribbed stone vault to chancel springing from marble vaulting shafts with
carved capitals and corbels, apsidal end to chancel; C12 circular font
with foliate scroll decoration, recut C19, on cylindrical pier with
square base; C19 wooden font with shafted arcading on stone base; C19
pews; trefoiled rere-arches; C17 brass wall memorial to Thomas Lawrence;
C19 and C20 glass.
(RCHM Dorset, vol IV, p 13, no 1. Pitfield, F P, Dorset Parish Churches
A-D, Dorset Publishing Co 1981, pp 196-8. Newman J and Pevsner N,
The Buildings of England: Dorset , Penguin, 1972, p 159).

Listing NGR: ST8691018463

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