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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Melksham, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3671 / 51°22'1"N

Longitude: -2.1766 / 2°10'35"W

OS Eastings: 387798

OS Northings: 163128

OS Grid: ST877631

Mapcode National: GBR 1S8.8HK

Mapcode Global: VH96Q.7W4W

Plus Code: 9C3V9R8F+R8

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 13 November 1962

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1251257

English Heritage Legacy ID: 433834

Location: Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire, SN12

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Broughton Gifford

Built-Up Area: Broughton Gifford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Broughton Gifford

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

ST 86 SE
(west side)
4/87 Church of St Mary

Anglican parish church. C13, C14, C15, restored 1878 by G.G.
Scott. Rubble stone and limestone ashlar, stone slate roof with
coped verges and cross finials. Nave, north aisle and south
chapel, chancel, west tower and south porch. South porch attached
to west end of C14 south chapel, pointed moulded doorway with
cusped crocketed image niche and bolection-moulded tablet over,
diagonal buttresses to left, aisle to right has cusped lancet with
pedimented tablet over, 3-light Perpendicular window to right,
angle buttresses and 3-light, square-headed window to east end.
Chancel has cusped square-headed light, trefoil headed doorway and
cusped square-headed 2-light window, projection to left for rood
loft stairs, east end of chancel has C19 three-light Perpendicular
style window, north side has 2-light Perpendicular-style window.
North aisle extended to east 1870s, large and small 3-light
Perpendicular windows, blocked moulded pointed north doorway, 3-
light recessed chamfered mullioned casement to right, lean-to
vestry at west end. Good cast-iron rainwater goods with moulded
decoration. Three-stage C15 west tower has diagonal buttresses,
string courses, Tudor-arched west door with hoodmould and 3-light
Perpendicular window over, chamfered arrowloop to middle stage,
square stair turret on north side with arrowloops and battlemented
parapet, south side of tower has arrowloop to middle stage,
sundials on buttress to right, bellstage with 2-light Perpendicular
pointed windows with pierced decorative louvres, string course with
gargoyles to battlemented parapet, pyramidal tiled roof with stone
Interior: porch has 2-bay original roof with arch-braced collar
truss and curved windbraces, Tudor-arched doorway to winding stone
stairs to former upper floor, Tudor-arched inner doorway with C19
ribbed door, fixed stone benches. Nave has C19 braced collar-
rafter roof, polygonal tiled floor. Double chamfered tower arch
with early C20 carved screen by David Burry. Early C14 south
aisle has 2-bay double chamfered pointed arcade on octagonal piers,
good 2-bay roof with arch-braced collar rafters and runner with
moulded soffits and bosses, cusped ogee piscina on south side,
winding stone newel stairs at east end to former rood. C13 north
arcade with double chamfered arches and cylindrical piers, good
roof similar to south aisle, squints at east end of both aisles.
Chancel with C19 pointed barrel-vaulted ceiling with ribbed panels,
tie-beam with brattishing, polychrome tiled floor, moulded
trefoiled piscina on south wall, C17 communion table, brass and
iron communion rail. Other fittings: C19 pews throughout, C13
cylindrical font bowl in tower, C19 stone polygonal pulpit with
richly carved arcading and compound base. Some fragments of
Medieval stained glass in north east aisle window. Monuments in
Lady Chapel include scrolled pedimented tablet to Henry Harding
died 1774, classical marble tablets to Isaac Dark died 1818, to
Stephen Dark died 1815 and to William Curtis died 1806.
(N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Wiltshire, 1975)

Listing NGR: ST8780263128

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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