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© Mr John H. Sparkes

IoE Number: 270938
Location: CHURCH OF ST ANDREW,
  WEST HATCH, TAUNTON DEANE, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr John H. Sparkes
Date Photographed: 17 September 2002
Date listed: 25 February 1955
Date of last amendment: 25 February 1955
Grade II

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WEST HATCH CPST22SEWEST HATCH VILLAGE5/149Church of St Andrew

WEST HATCH CP ST22SE WEST HATCH VILLAGE 5/149 Church of St Andrew 25.2.55 GV II* Parish church. C15-early C16, extensively restored 1861 when north aisle and probably vestry and organ bay added by Benjamin Ferrey, 1907 restored. Squared and coursed blue lias, Ham stone quoins, slate roofs, coped verges. Chancel, north east vestry and organ bay, 4-bay nave and north aisle, south porch, west tower. Crenellated 3-stage tower, set back buttresses with crocketed pinnacles above and angle pinnacles on battlements, lions masks at corners of string course, coat of arms above, 2-light bell-openings with pierced tracery, tiny 2-light window with tracery much eroded and probably reset above string course, 3-light west window, ogee headed moulded doorway, C19 door, north east stair turret with doorway; set back buttresses to nave, 2-light window left of gabled single storey porch, semi-circular headed hollow chamfer doorway, open collar beam roof, moulded pointed arch inner doorway, C19 door; 3-light window right, buttresses, C19 priest's door, 2-light east window to vestry, octagonal chimney stack, doorway on north front, 2-light window right to organ bay, rose window east end of north aisle, set back buttress to north aisle, 3-light and two 2-light windows. Interior: rendered, squared and carved blue lias exposed in tower. Perpendicular chancel arch with panelled jambs, similar tower arch with corbelled pilasters rising above on tower wall, Four bay Perpendicular style arcade to north aisle. Chancel moulded ribs to ceiling wagon roof with bosses, compartment ceiling over sanctuary, similar roof in nave with compartment ceiling over rood area and wall plate, said to be reused C16 ceilings, C19 ceiled wagon roof in north aisle. Aumbry in chancel; moulded archway from north aisle to organ bay. Pulpit and parclose screen dated 1913, former said to contain parts of old rood screeen. Altar table with turned baluster legs and guilloche frieze said to have been placed in St Mary's Wedmore in 1635 and resited in 1914. Coloured slate memorial tablet to Christian Sealy died 1727, roundel supported by winged cherubs head with segmental pediment. Oil painting of the Virgin and Child with St John in north aisle. C19 pine pews. The living was originally a chapel and was declared a vicarage in 1865-6. (Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; Olivey, North Curry: Ancient Manor and Hundred, 1901; Kelly's Directory, 1914).

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