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Church of St Andrew

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ansford, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.0943 / 51°5'39"N

Longitude: -2.518 / 2°31'4"W

OS Eastings: 363823

OS Northings: 132909

OS Grid: ST638329

Mapcode National: GBR MT.CCW4

Mapcode Global: FRA 56M7.6VY

Plus Code: 9C3V3FVJ+PR

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 24 March 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1307553

English Heritage Legacy ID: 261961

Also known as: Church of St Andrew, Ansford

ID on this website: 101307553

Location: St Andrews Church, Ansford, Somerset, BA7

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

Civil Parish: Ansford

Built-Up Area: Castle Cary

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Church of St. Andrew

Anglican Parish Church. C15 tower, remainder rebuilt by C E Giles in 1861. Tower of local lias stone cut and squared,
remainder Cary stone cut and squared, all with Doulting stone dressings; Welsh slate roofs between coped gables, having
clay sawtooth ridge. Three-cell plan, of 2-bay chancel, 3-bay nave and north aisle; with north-east vestry, south-east
organ chamber, south porch and west tower. Chancel has chamfered plinth, corner buttresses to north and south sides,
none on east face; 3-light east window with trefoil and quatrefoil tracery, C13 style; 2-light south window in a plate
tracery style - both with plain arched labels: north- east vestry a lean-to with pair of lancet windows in east wall,
and flat arched doorway in north wall; the organ chamber a gabled projection on south side, with angled corner
buttresses, with 2-light plate tracery style south window and quatrefoil gable vent over. North aisle in form of
lean-to, with centre and end buttresses, and 2 pairs lancet windows without labels in North wall; a single lancet to
west end. Nave has 2-light late C15 Muchelney style traceried windows - cusped ogee lights with quatrefoils above, flat
arched under square labels with headstops, which might be reused from the former church: south porch, between these
last, plain with C13 style pointed arched opening with side shafts and floriated capitals, the inner door plain. Tower
fairly squat, in 3 stages: angled corner buttresses to full height, moulded plinth, string courses, top course having
gargoyles, battlemented parapet with corner pinnacles; north-east square stair turret, 2 stages high with lean-to stone
roof and small rectangular windows: north and south walls plain at first stage, but west doorway has deeply moulded
4-centre arch under square label with square steps, hollowed spandrils, the doors, rather low, could be C16; above a
3-light C15 traceried window in deep hollowed recess, string carried over as label. Stage 2 plain except on south side
which has a 2-light C15 traceried window in deep hollowed recess, cutting into stage 3; similar windows all round to
stage 3, but without labels, and with slightly later pattern tracery, all fitted with wood shutters. The interior
totally C19, except in the tower space, generally in a C13 style. Tower arch tall, moulded in C15 style: pulpit early
C17, in timber octagonal with carved panels, on C19 stone base; font a plain tub, possibly C13; in north aisle a C16
chest with linenfold panels, memorials include several to Woodforde family - Revd James Woodforde, the C18 diarist,
held this living, and the memorial over the vestry door was set up by him to commemorate his parents. First recorded
rector 1328.

Listing NGR: ST6382332909

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