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© Mr Derek Evans LRPS

IoE Number: 33560
Location: ST MARY'S CHURCH, CHURCH LANE (north side)
  PORTBURY, NORTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Derek Evans LRPS
Date Photographed: 30 May 2001
Date listed: 11 October 1961
Date of last amendment: 11 October 1961
Grade I

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ST 57 NWPORTBURYCHURCH LANE (north side)2/165St. Mary's Church11.10.61G.V.I

ST 57 NW PORTBURY CHURCH LANE (north side) 2/165 St. Mary's Church 11.10.61 G.V. I Parish Church (Anglican). C12; altered and extended early C13, c.1300 and C14/C15; restored 1870-75. West tower, nave, north and south aisles, south porch, chancel and chantry chapels. Coursed sandstone rubble with freestone (oolitic limestone) dressings; C20 tiled roof. West tower is mid C15 of 4 stages with diagonal buttresses, and a plain embattled parapet with pinnacles; polygonal stair turret projects at south-east, also with an embattled parapet; 2-light bell chamber windows with tracery of quatrefoils in circles; 3-light west window and west door in moulded surround. North aisle: clasping buttresses; embattled parapet with blank arcading; three 3-light Perpendicular style windows with cinquefoil heads and chamfered mullions, all under square dripmoulds and relieving arches; north door has a chamfered surround with a 4-centred head; 5-light east window of stepped, cusped lights; 3-light cusped, lancet west window. Chancel: clasping buttresses; projecting north chantry chapels, the west one has a triple lancet window with chamfered surrounds and the east one is gabled and has 3-light Perpendicular style windows with cinquefoil ogee heads to the tracery; east window is 3-lights, geometrical with intersecting tracery, cusping and daggers; two 3-light, c.1300, Geometric windows on south side, one with cusped intersecting tracery, dagger tracery and a quatrefoil above, the other with stepped cusped lancets; priest's door with round arch on small corbels. South aisle has an embattled parapet with a blank, panelled arcade; angle buttresses with off-sets; 5-light east window with trefoil heads to tracery, moulded mullions and 4-centred arch; two 3-light Perpendicular style windows with cinquefoil heads to tracery and panelled lights above, all under a square hoodmould. South porch is C15, 2 storeys with an embattled parapet and a blank, panelled arcade; diagonal buttresses with off-sets, moulded doorcase. Interior. C12 south door; 2 colonnettes, with scalloped capitals; the arch has an interlocking key ornament which covers the intrados and extrados and a chain of lozenges with fleurons; C15 image niche. Nave: 5 bay arcades of double chamfered arches and piers without capitals, stops at the base and square stone seats; full length stone seats run along the north and south aisles; the east respond of the east bay of the north arcade rests on a coarsely cut head; triple sedilia and piscina in south arcade, trefoil heads and colonnettes with circular capitals; ogee headed stoup to east of south door, hollow chamfered with fleurons; rere arches to north arcade windows and east window of south arcade; large squint from north aisle; C19 roofs on a good collection of 44 carved corbel heads, late C12 in the south aisle, late C14/C15 in the north aisle and late Ciileanly C12 in the nave; the nave roof has crown posts. Tower arch is C15 with hollow and wave mouldings. Chancel arch is c.1300, restored in C19, but it rests on late C12 piers of 5 clustered shafts, the innermost one has a keel moulding, with scalloped capitals; the bases are 5 feet above the present floor level. Chancel: cusped rere-arches on corbel heads of east window and eastern window of south wall; triple sedilia and piscina with trefoil heads, roll moulding with a fillet, carved head stops, columns with circular capitals; carved corbels for lamps and lenten veil; restored wagon roof; Eastern chantry chapel has a fine ribbed, pointed tunnel vault. Pulpit: C19, Perpendicular style wooden, on ashlar base. Font: C12; square scalloped bowl on circular stem and square base. C14 bench ends at eastern end of choir stalls; C14, re-used parts of benches in south aisle. Monuments. North aisle: Thomas Cauldwell, died 1770, incised stone tablet with round headed surround; brass to Sara Kemish, died 1621, with kneeling and lying figures of children, C19 stone surround. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings [of England : North Somerset and Bristol).]

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