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Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pulham, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8754 / 50°52'31"N

Longitude: -2.4111 / 2°24'40"W

OS Eastings: 371169

OS Northings: 108518

OS Grid: ST711085

Mapcode National: GBR MZ.T2YD

Mapcode Global: FRA 56VS.DHW

Plus Code: 9C2VVHGQ+5H

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket

Listing Date: 4 October 1960

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1228063

English Heritage Legacy ID: 402559

Location: Pulham, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Pulham

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Pulham St Thomas a Beckett

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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ST 70 NW
8/163 Parish Chukch of
St Thomas a Becket
Parish Church, chancel, west tower and crossing arches substantially C15,
porch and nave arcades C16, north and south aisles and vestry together
with general restoration C19. South aisle windows of 1870 by
Rev F C Hingeston-Randolph. Coursed rubble, coursed squared rubble and
ashlar with ashlar dressings. Tiled, gabled-ended roofs to nave and
chancel, slated, gable-ended roofs to north aisle and vestry. Plan; nave,
chancel, west tower, north and south aisles, north vestry and 2 storey
south porch. The C15 church was probably cruciform. C15 and C16 work in
the 'perpendicular' style, C19 work partly 'perpendicular' and partly
'decorated'. West tower; 2-stages separated by string course; embattled
parapet; vice tower with single loop to north ; 2 upper stage 2-centred light
'perpendicular' windows with hood moulds and pierced stone panels; diagonal
buttresses. West door and window; doorway appears to have been inserted
below C15 west window and has a moulded round head with continuous jambs
together with a label with interesting carved stops; the window is of
3-lights under a 2-centred head with a label having C18 bishop and king
head stops. (c.f. Fifehead Neville church). South aisle windows are all
of 2-trefoiled lights with cinqufoils under 2-centred heads with returned
labels. 3 north aisle windows are of 4 trefoiled lights under flat
heads with returned labels. West north aisle window of 2-trefoiled lights
under a 2-centred head having a label with C18 head stops. East window of
3-trefoiled lights with cinqufoils. South aisle has moulded ashlar parapet
with gargoyles. South porch; diagonal buttresses and west ashlar vice
turret; elliptical headed arch with continuous moulded jambs; parapet with
gargoyles; inner doorway has 2-centred head with continuously moulded jambs.
Internal features; 4-bay, 2-centred nave arcades, eastern arch probably part
of C15 crossing and bears head corbels, other piers have oak leaf carved
capitals; western aisle arches spring from corbels showing renaissance
influence; squints to aisles; 2-centred, moulded tower arch with small head
stops and plain jambs; 2-centred chancel arch springing from head corbels.
C15 sedilla- reset niche having pinnacles with crocketted finials. C12
cylindrical font with incised round headed arches on later shafts. Nave
and chancel haven waggon roofs, aisles have boarded, sloping roofs. C12
carved head on reverse of tower vice door head. Some reset Cl5 glass.
Other fittings C19 and C20. "RCHM, Dorset, vol III", pp 231-3, no 1.
Newman J and Pevsner N. 'The Buildings of England: Dorset", Penguin,
1972, pp 351-2.

Listing NGR: ST7116908518

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