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Roman Catholic Church at Chideock Manor

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chideock, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7378 / 50°44'16"N

Longitude: -2.8228 / 2°49'22"W

OS Eastings: 342033

OS Northings: 93457

OS Grid: SY420934

Mapcode National: GBR PM.7ZHD

Mapcode Global: FRA 47Z4.83S

Plus Code: 9C2VP5QG+4V

Entry Name: Roman Catholic Church at Chideock Manor

Listing Date: 10 January 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1287989

English Heritage Legacy ID: 400941

Location: Chideock, Dorset, DT6

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Chideock

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Chideock St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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6/89 Roman Catholic Church
at Chideock Manor


Catholic Church, incorporating former barn-chapel. C18 (barn) and church
completed 1874. Barn at right angles to C19 church and forming the 'transepts'
of the later structure. Basilican plan with narthex. Coursed lias stone walls.
Slate roof with stone gable copings. Narthex: triple arch (2 outer blind with
lancets), with continuous hood-mould over, carried on responds with capitals.
Stone cill interrupted by central doorway. West gable with large terracotta
roundel, painted. Virgin of the Apocalypse at centre, small roundels with
scenes from Christ's Passion. Latin inscription recording the rebuilding by
Charles Weld and date 1874. Nave with north and south aisles, 5 bay nave.
5 cinquefoil windows. Clerestorey lights in threes, round-arched with responds
and capitals. Crossing-Tower, octagonal with sexfoil roundels in diagonals.
Mansard roof over with cross at apex and heavy cornice below. C18 Barn con-
stitutes present north and south transepts. Lias walls with gabled slate
roof and stone gable coping. 5 brick arches, with keys, 2 blocked, rest
windows. East gable wall with 3 niches and decorative tile work under the
coping. Interior: Narthex, round-arch entrance to church, 2-leaf wood door.
Inscription from Habakuk 11:20. Nave: 5 bays, short columns, carved foliage-
with-motifs block capitals, eg Crown of Thorns, Symbols of Passion, Sacred
Heart pierced by Cross. Low round arcade with labels and shield stops in
spandrels, eg Dove with olive branch. Row of Catholic martyrs' portraits
below clerestorey windows. Roof with coving and pointed barrel vault over in
40 panels. Stencil decoration. Pointed sanctuary arch carried down on octagonal
columns with Byzantine-style block capitals. Sanctuary with columns and capitals
set as an octagon-in-square. Pointed arches over carry walling, pandentives, heavy
cornice and circular elliptical dome with stencil decoration in the crown. East
wall, stencil decoration, gilded figure of Virgin, independently lit. Fittings:
Font in south west baptistery chapel, round bowl carved with quatrefoils on an
octagonal stem. North west chapel with crucifix and Our Lady of Sorrows. North
and south aisle chapels with stone altars carved in shallow relief. North
chapel with half octagonal lit dome. Gilded figure of Christ (Sacred Heart) in
alcove. Wooden altar from old chapel c 1800 with "Altare Privilegiatum" and
"Hic jacet corpus S. Mecius martyris". Old chapel with former sanctuary at south
end. Segmental ceiling. Wall paintings throughout with Apostles, scenes from
The Life of Christ, etc. Sculptors for 1874 church, Thomas Gadsby (Dorchester)
and Charles Weld. "J Brocklebank, Victorian Stone Carvers in Dorset Churches," p 43.

Listing NGR: SY4203393457

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