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Church of the Holy Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Sampford Arundel, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.9625 / 50°57'44"N

Longitude: -3.2721 / 3°16'19"W

OS Eastings: 310763

OS Northings: 118889

OS Grid: ST107188

Mapcode National: GBR LT.MLVS

Mapcode Global: FRA 461K.M2K

Plus Code: 9C2RXP6H+X5

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Cross

Listing Date: 25 January 1956

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1178017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 271092

Location: Sampford Arundel, Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

District: Somerset West and Taunton

Civil Parish: Sampford Arundel

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Church of England Parish: Sampford Arundel

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Church of the Holy Cross


Parish church. C14 in origin, C15 tower, church largely rebuilt and tower restored 1870s. Chert stone random rubble,
Ham stone dressings, quoins, slate roofs, coped verges. West tower, 4-bay aisled nave, south porch, chancel and
north-west vestry. Crenellated 2-stage tower, string course, 2-light louvred bell-openings, lancet on south face.
string course, 2-light trefoil-headed west window, square single stage stair turret in north-east corner; south aisle
2-light windows flanking gabled porch, unchamfered pointed arch opening with half-glazed door, moulded arched inner
doorway, C19 door; east end 2-light window, 2 lancets to south front of chancel, 3-light east window, vestry 2-light
east end, entered on north side four 2-light windows to north aisle. Interior: rendered, exposed random rubble west
wall of south aisle. C19 chancel arch, chamfered in 2 orders and dying into imposts, pointed tower arch, unchanfered;
circular piers to arcades, arches chamfered in 2 orders. C19 pitch pine roofs, monopitch in aisles. The most
interesting feature of the church is the moulded arched niche in north aisle wall containing rectangular depression
about 110 mm deep, cusped foliated inner niche containing hands clasping a cup or heart: thought to be for a heart
burial. Good white and grey marble aedicule with segmental pediment carrying coat of arms in a cartouche, framing
carved draped cloth with inscription to Christopher Baker, High Sherriff of Taunton, died 1729, blank panel with
guilloche terminal below. Late C19 fittings including tiled sanctuary. Pair of tablets to Col Marmaduke Williamson
Browne, died 1833, and his wife laria Bellett died 1828, signed Pistell, New Road, Fitzroy Sq; his tablet with draped
spears, hers with a draped urn. White marble tablet on black slate in Grecian style to Richard Baron Bellett Esq, died
1835, and signed by Sharland, Torquay. Stained glass: chancel and east window of south aisle dated 1875, window in east
corner of north aisle dated 1907, 2 windows dated 1920. (Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset,

Listing NGR: ST1076318889

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