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Latitude: 51.4607 / 51°27'38"N
Longitude: -2.2003 / 2°12'1"W
OS Eastings: 386181
OS Northings: 173548
OS Grid: ST861735
Mapcode National: GBR 1R2.8KD
Mapcode Global: VH969.TK51
Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas
Listing Date: 20 December 1960
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1198839
English Heritage Legacy ID: 317106
Location: Biddestone, Wiltshire, SN14
Civil Parish: Biddestone
Built-Up Area: Biddestone
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: By Brook
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
BIDDESTONE CHURCH STREET
9/16 Church of st. Nicholas
Anglican Parish church, C12, C13, C14 and mid-C19. Rubble stone
with stone tiled roofs and coped gables. Nave, chancel and south
porch with C19 sanctuary and north vestry. Saddlestone to nave
west gable, crosses to chancel and sanctuary gables and fine C13
bell-turret to nave east end; stone, cross plan with nook-shafted
posts carrying a short C15 octagonal stone spire with dripmould
base and moulded cap carrying C20 weathervane. Nave: west window
with intersected tracery and hood, C14 restored 1935. South side,
C15 cusped 2-light with quatrefoil head, C14 south porch with
chamfered 2 order arch and hood over, blocked west side door.
Renewed roof timbers. C12 south doorway with 2 columns with carved
caps to plain arch framing stone tympanum with cross in beaded
circle. Oak plank door with nailhead studs and iron hinges. C15
4-light flat headed window with damaged cusping to lights.
Hoodmould with carved square stops. North side, one bead moulded
2-light window, 1730 and c1900 vestry, slate roofed with brick
dressings. Chancel: south side, one C14 2-light cusped window
with quatrefoil head and C12 single arched light in splayed
surround. Similar C12 window to chancel north side and a blocked
C13 single light. Sanctuary, C19, has 3-light east window. Small
buttresses to nave and chancel east ends.
Interior: Nave c1800 box pews and late C18 west gallery with
fielded panels to front. C12 font, circular with band of zig-zag
ornament. C14 doorway to north vestry. Stained glass of 1938 to
north window and c1906 to south 4-light window. C19 wood pulpit.
C19 boarding to 5 bay roof. C15 chancel arch, slightly pointed,
moulded continuously. Chancel: C19 boarded roof. Sanctuary arch,
C19, similar to chancel arch. Sanctuary east window 1905 by Bell
of Bristol. Good series of wall plaques from c1695 to c1823 to
Mountjoy family in chancel, one of 1734 signed M. Sidnell, one of
1807 signed Brewer of Box. In nave C17, C18 and early C19 plaques.
(Pevsner N: Wiltshire 1975, 110-111).
Listing NGR: ST8617373544
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