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IoE Number: 33595
Location: ALL SAINTS CHURCH, WRAXALL HILL (west side)
  WRAXALL AND FAILAND, NORTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Photographer: Michael Bass
Date Photographed: 09 August 2007
Date listed: 11 October 1961
Date of last amendment: 11 October 1961
Grade I

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ST 47 SEWRAXALLWRAXALL HILL (west side)3/204All Saints Church11.10.61G.V.I

ST 47 SE WRAXALL WRAXALL HILL (west side) 3/204 All Saints Church 11.10.61 G.V. I Parish Church (Anglican). C12, altered and enlarged early - mid C13 and late C14; restored 1851 and 1893 by Sir Arthur Blomfield. West tower; nave; north aisle and chapel; south porch and chapel; chancel. Ashlar and coursed rubble with freestone dressings; slate and lead roofs with coped raised verges and behind plain parapets. West tower: banded stone of 2 colours; 4 stages, diagonal buttresses with off-sets; blank arcaded parapet with an image niche in the centre of each side; square corner pinnacles surmounted by smaller pinnacles; polygonal stair turret to north-east; 2-light windows in 2 tiers, string course which rises to form a headmould; 2-light west window, image niche with ogee head; moulded west doorway. Nave and south chapel: three 3-light Perpendicular style windows with cusped tracery and square hoodmoulds; buttresses with off- sets; sanctus bell-cote over east gable. South porch: square projecting porch, diagonal buttresses with off-sets; pointed doorway of 2 orders, stiff-leaf capitals to the columns (restored); dripmould with carved head stops; single light lancets on first floor; sundial in centre of parapet; decorative wrought- iron gate. Chancel: pointed priest's door has an inner roll moulding with head stops, outer hoodmould also with head stops; two 2-light Perpendicular style windows with cusped tracery, square heads and dripmoulds; 5-light C19 Perpendicular style east window. North aisle: three 3-light Perpendicular style windows, as the south side; projecting polygonal rood stair turret; pointed north door with outer roll moulding, hood mould with carved stops. South doorway is C12, columns with scalloped capitals; pointed and chamfered doorways to stairs to first floor room. Interior. Nave has 4 bay arcades, the piers consist of alternating engaged columns and hollow mouldings and have moulded capitals and abaci. Tower arch of continuous double hollow and ogee moulding; chancel arch of continuous hollow and roll moulding. The nave and north aisle roofs are C19, but rest on a good collection of C14 and C15 carved corbel heads. Former doorways to rood stair have chamfered surrounds and 4- centred heads; 4-centre headed doorway to upper room of porch to west of south door. South chapel is reached through a tall 4-centred arch of hollow and wave mouldings; 2 piscinae with ogee and trefoil head. The chancel is mostly late C19 by Blomfield: 5-bay arch-braced collar beam roof with cusped windbracing. The pulpit, lectern, organ and benches are also mid - late C19, in a Perpendicular style; the screens are by Blomfield and particularly well carved. Font. C15, octagonal, ashlar, with 2 blank arches on each side; on the pier adjoining the font is a stone book-rest supported on a demi-figure of an angel. Glass: a good collection of glass by C.E. Kempe from 1896, donated by the first Lord Wraxall; in the room above the porch is a late C15 lancet representing the Five Wounds, on a shield held by an angel. Monuments. Chancel: early C16 tomb chest to Sir Edmund and Lady Gorges in armour and robes with a finely carved front of heraldry flanked by angels; simple inscribed marble plaque to Thomas Holt, died 1687. South chapel: Charles Brent, died 1729 and Margarita Coopey, died 1744, aedicular marble tablets, flanked by pilasters with friezes. Nave: John Lucas, died 1817, marble by Tyley, 2 parents stand by an urn. North aisle: L. Lucas, died 1807, marble seated figure against a curved pedestal; W. King, died 1792, marble plaque with an urn. George and Henry Seymour, 1827, marble and freestone, gothic inscribed plaques with gabled canopies. The church is prominently situated and is a fine landmark with excellent details of Perpendicular style architecture (both mediaeval and late C19 by Blomfield). (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958). .

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