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Church of St Andrew

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ilchester, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0057 / 51°0'20"N

Longitude: -2.6805 / 2°40'49"W

OS Eastings: 352348

OS Northings: 123141

OS Grid: ST523231

Mapcode National: GBR MM.JSVQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 568G.9JV

Plus Code: 9C3V2849+7Q

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 19 April 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1267315

English Heritage Legacy ID: 418788

Location: Ilchester, South Somerset, Somerset, BA22

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Ilchester

Built-Up Area: Ilchester

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Anglican Parish Church. C14 and later. Local grey lias stone roughly cut and squared, Ham stone dressings; plain clay
tiled roof with bands of scallop tiles between stepped coped gables with cross finials. Two-cell plan of 2-bay chancel
and 3 bay nave, with south-east organ chamber, north end vestry, and west tower doubling as a porch. Chancel at least
partly rebuilt in C19: offset corner buttresses, parts have chamfered plinth; east window 3-light almost triangular
headed, early C15 tracery, no label; no windows to sides, but near-triangular arched doorway on north side, alongside
projecting vestry which has a cusped 2-light flat arched window without label in north gable; south-east organ chamber
projection quite plain. Nave has a 3-light C15-traceried window in hollowed pointed-arched recess in centre north bay,
with flanking buttresses; on south side 3 matching windows, but no buttresses except to south-west corner. Tower in 3
stages; angled corner buttresses to midway up second stage; plinth string courses, shallow plain parapet; west doorway
has moulded 4-centre arch without label, and immediately above a 3-light C14 traceried window in near triangular arch,
and above this a small statue niche with flanking diagonally set pilasters and hood mould; other faces plain stage 1;
to stage 2 a low flat-arched C14 window set on the string to south, and on north side the head only of a 2-light window
of early C14; stage 3 has 2-light windows on all faces in 3 centred arches, cinquefoil cusped lights, probably C14 and
in addition on south side a blocked small opening with segmental-arched head; stair turret on north east corner
octagonal on plan, set slightly higher than main tower, having several slit windows, one quatrefoil and one small
rectuangular window. Interior not acessible; mentioned is a double chamfer tower arch dying into imposts, and no
furniture of interest, but previous list mentions a C17 pulpit. In origin a minster church of Saxon date, it may
originally have been the Ilchester parish church, it is now one of only two surviving of at least eight medieval
churches in the town. (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; VCH, Vol III,1974).

Listing NGR: ST5234823141

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