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IoE Number: 261770
Photographer: Mr John H. Sparkes
Date Photographed: 11 November 2006
Date listed: 24 March 1961
Date of last amendment: 24 March 1961
Grade II*

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ST6623CHARLTON HORETHORNE CPMAIN ROAD (East side)8/34Church of St Peter and St Paul24.3.61

ST6623 CHARLTON HORETHORNE CP MAIN ROAD (East side) 8/34 Church of St Peter and St Paul 24.3.61 GV II* Parish church. C12 onwards. Local stone cut and squared, ashlar dressings; stone slate roof between coped gables, but plain clay tiles to chancel, 4-cell plan with 2-bay chancel, 3-bay nave and North and South aisles; South porch and West tower. Chancel at least partly rebuilt in 1863; plinth, angled corner buttress, cross finial to gable; East window 3-light-with reticulated tracery to pointed arch with label; on South side a 2-light pointed arch window with C15 tracery, the hood continued as string course to corner, and nearer nave a single cusped head lancet with label between these a plain moulded pointed arched doorway without label; windows repeated on North side. North aisle has slight plinth and angled corner buttresses; East window C14 3-light with geometric tracery; North wall has two 2-light C19 traceried windows; West window has 3-lights with reticulated tracery without label, and above on gable crown a former bell turret with cross finial. South aisle has slight plinth, no buttresses; East window 2-light cusped plate tracery without label; South windows 3-light slightly moulded plate tracery East of porch, and 2-light West of same; West window 3-light late C15 traceried window with label; to crown of East gable a cuboid finial with circular holes to each face and pyramidal top. South porch has no buttresses, with cross finial to gable; C13 style outer arch on corbelled capitals, inner arch pointed and moulded with run-off stops, rather plain. Tower late C15, of 2 stages, with double plinth, offset corner buttresses almost to full height with small crowning pinnacles; string courses, the upper with gargoyles, battlemented parapets with ornamented corner pinnacles: 4-centre arch to West door under square label with diamond stops, having foliated spandrils; above late C15 3-light window with label extended as extra string course, and above this a small canopied statue niche; on South side upper stage 1 a recessed 2-light pointed window with label and stone baffles; similar windows to all faces stage 2; square plan stair turret with slit windows to full height on North East corner. Inside, chancel has curved rib roof with bosses; ogee arched piscina, but most other fittings C19; chancel arch wide C13 style on corbelled capitals with old colour lining. Nave has two C13 arcades-the South probably recut - with octagonal piers with ball-flower decorated capitals on North side, with more foliated capitals to South; tower arch way also be of same date. In North aisle an old doorway to rood loft high on South wall, and below an ogee arched piscina; in North East corner two good statue recesses with traces of colouring, one late C14, the other C15; also in North wall two cinquefoil cusped ogee arched recesses, with moulded shelves but no effigy. South aisle has ornate rere arches to the window, the East cinquefoil cusped and the West ogee cusped, and there is also a cusped ogee arched recess under the South East window. C19 Gothic style low cast iron screen to under tower space, leading to plain circular tub font on circular base therein; some old Sherborne stained glass of c1450 in tracery of West tower window. Large grey and white C18 monument with tapered ionic columns carring open segmental pediment over cartouche and plaque, commemorating John Wright. Alongside the pulpit the retains of a Roman incense altar of C4 discovered in the churchyard. Church said to have Anglo Saxon basis - first evidence of church about 1100, rebuilt c1215 by Canville family, Lords of the Manor: enlarged c1340 - the date of 2 chancel windows, at the sane tine the chancel was lengthened.

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