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Parish Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Puncknowle, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6956 / 50°41'44"N

Longitude: -2.6597 / 2°39'34"W

OS Eastings: 353501

OS Northings: 88646

OS Grid: SY535886

Mapcode National: GBR PR.ZTYQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 5797.RLP

Plus Code: 9C2VM8WR+64

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 5 September 1960

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1288107

English Heritage Legacy ID: 400690

ID on this website: 101288107

Location: St Mary's Church, Puncknowle, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Puncknowle

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Puncknowle St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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South Side

6/216 Parish Church
of St Mary

Parish Church. Cl2 core (chancel-arch and west tower rebuilt Cl7),
C17 south chapel, 1891 north aisle added. Rubble-stone walls and
stone dressings. Store slate and tile roofs. West Tower: 3 stages,
with a semi-circular newel-stair to the ringing chamber. Topped off
with a stone slab roof. Diagonal anti right-angle buttresses with
set-offs. Pyramidal slate roof. North wall has a late Cl7 doorway
with chamfered jambs and two-centred head. West window, with a
2-centred head, late C17. Bell-chamber has windows of C14 and C17
date. Nave: 3 bays. Windows on south side, 2-light trefoil-cusped
with square head over with 3 small lights. Small rectangular light
east of this. Doorway between: c.C19, with segmental head with
dressed stones, studded door with strap-hinges in a wooden frame.
South (Bexington) chapel, with a C19 2-light window with quatrefoil
head. Returned keeled label over. C19 doorway with 4-centred head
in the west wall. Chancel: single-light window, with trefoil-cusped
head, label with square stops. 3-light east window, (uncusped) with
4-centre head over. Label with stops over. North aisle: 3 bays,
with 3 stepped lancets to each bay. Segmental-pointed rere-arches,
with a straight chamfer under a pitched slate roof. Interior: Tower
arch raised in C17 and dated N and R M 1678. Nave has plastered
semi-circular barrel vault. North arcade on cylindrical piers with
moulded capitals and bases. Pointed arches have straight chamfer
and sunk quadrants, C19. Chancel-arch, C12, originally of 2 plain
orders,one scallop-capital and one base survive, no responds.
Continuous impost block. Pointed arch into the Bexington chapel
with a single straight chamfer.

Fittings: Font, two font bowls, both C12. Base bowl with man's face
and palmette ornament and stylized foliage on other 3 sides. Top
bowl with cable ornament (rough) and straps forming lozenges. Cl7
wooden font cover with panelled sides and knop. Wall-painting over
chancel-arch, C16, with stencilled Tudor roses, and 3 framed scenes-
and central inscription. Wall-monuments: south wall to Sir Robert
Napier, late C17, with broken segmental pediments, urn, achievement
of arms, inscription and cartouche. North aisle, erected 1691 by
Sir Robert Napier. Broken segmental pediment with columnar framing
and composite capitals. Inscription on central slate tablet.
All supported on volute brackets with skull at centre.
RCHM Dorset I, p 189 (1).

Listing NGR: SY5350188646

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