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St Germoe's Chair

A Grade I Listed Building in Germoe, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1157 / 50°6'56"N

Longitude: -5.3785 / 5°22'42"W

OS Eastings: 158566

OS Northings: 29423

OS Grid: SW585294

Mapcode National: GBR FX3C.T93

Mapcode Global: VH131.QCG4

Entry Name: St Germoe's Chair

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1310470

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65896

Location: Germoe, Cornwall, TR20

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Germoe

Built-Up Area: Germoe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Germoe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

SW 52 NE,


St Germoe's Chair



Detached sedilia building. Probably circa early C13. Dressed granite front and
architectural features, otherwise granite rubble. Scantle slate roof with gable
Plan: single-cell parallelogram plan with 2-bay open arcade to the front gable end
and a stone bench against the inside of the rear wall with 3 niches to the back
formed by a blind 3-bay arcade, the central niche is slightly hollowed. The left-hand side wall is built into the bank and adjoins the churchyard walls q.v. It is
possible that the whole structure is a later medieval construction using earlier
2-bay gable ended front: open pointed arched arcade carried on round Romanesque
imposts and round central column; the responds are engaged half columns; moulded
bases and capitals with annulet rings; straight chamfered arches. At the apex of the
gable is a probably C12 carved head.
Interior has a moulded granite bench along the rear wall and above the bench is a 3-
bay blind arcade with roll moulded pointed arches springing from two tapered round
columns and from the side walls as responds. The columns have tapered-in bases with
roll mouldings and the capitals are tapered out with annulet ring mouldings. Above
the slightly taller and wider middle arch is a probably C13 carved crowned head.

St Germoe's chair is a remarkable and unique building whether it is mostly original
or a later imaginative use of C12 and C13 architectural features.

Listing NGR: SW5856729424

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

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