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Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade I Listed Building in Taunton, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0157 / 51°0'56"N

Longitude: -3.1007 / 3°6'2"W

OS Eastings: 322884

OS Northings: 124607

OS Grid: ST228246

Mapcode National: GBR M1.J889

Mapcode Global: FRA 46DF.FTR

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 4 June 1952

Last Amended: 4 July 1975

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1278073

English Heritage Legacy ID: 269663

Location: Somerset West and Taunton, Somerset, TA1

County: Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Taunton Manor and Wilton

Built-Up Area: Taunton

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

04-JUN-52 (East side)
(North side)


The huge west tower closes the view down Hammet Street with which it has extremely important group value. The church is mostly late C15, much restored. Aisled chancel, partly with clerestorey, 6 bay nave with 4 aisles and clerestorey. Fine vaulted south porch of 1508 with niches over entrance, The west tower (over 160 ft high) is the finest in Somerset, It is dated by wills to 1488-1514, but was entirely rebuilt 1858-62 (in replica) by Sir G G Scott and B Ferrey. The tower has 3 storeys above the great west window with paired openings, set-back buttresses, pinnacles, string courses etc. The tower is crowned by openwork battlements with tall openwork corner pinnacles. The low nave has an outstanding tie-beam roof with carved angels, bosses and peterae recently regilded. Tabernacled niches with Victorian statuary between the clerestorey windows, Large image niche in north arcade. Fanvault under tower, Because of repeated restorations there are few old furnishings.
Monument to Robert Gray, died in 1635, with standing figure in north aisle. Large freestone slab from the tomb of Thomas More, died 1576, in inner south aisle, fragments of medieval glass in clerestorey.

All the listed buildings in Church Square together with the Church of St Mary Magdalene and the listed buildings in Hammet Street form an extremely
important group.


Listing NGR: ST2288124616

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

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