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© Mr Michael Perry

IoE Number: 434372
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH ROAD (south side)
  EAST BRENT, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Michael Perry
Date Photographed: 26 September 2007
Date listed: 09 February 1961
Date of last amendment: 09 February 1961
Grade I

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ST35SNEAST BRENT CPCHURCH ROAD (South side)5/63Church of St Mary9.2.61

ST35SN EAST BRENT CP CHURCH ROAD (South side) 5/63 Church of St Mary 9.2.61 GV I Parish Church. C15,C17, restored C19 with chancel by William Butterfield. Coursed and squared rubble, gabled and lean-to lead roofs, copings with cruciform finials. Nave, chancel, North aisle, North vestry, South porch, South chapel, West tower. Perpendicular. Stone spired tower of 5 stages, angle buttresses to the lower 3 stages, above diagonal buttresses, pierced parapet with pinnacles, embattled stair turret, narrow 2-light bell-chamber windows repeated on the stage below; 3 crocketted niches to the West side, each with a figure; West window; West door; collar of blank arcading to spire. Nave, North aisle and South chapel with 3-light windows; South chapel of 2-bays; North aisle of 5 bays, slightly later, the exterior buttressed, above a pierced parapet with pinnacles. South porch restored, traces of wall painting inside, C15 South door. Chancel rebuilt 1845. Interior dominated by ribbed plaster ceiling to nave with 3 pendants, dated 1637. North aisle and South chapel with C19 lean-to roofs, the former on angel corbels. South chapel with a 2 bay arcade, piers with 4-hollow type mouldings; North aisle with 5 bay arcade, piers with 4 wave type mouldings. South chapel with crocketted niches to each side of South window, larger restored niche to North aisle. C15 sedilla and triple piscina to chancel. West gallery incorporating part of the rood screen dated 1635; carved columns with vine decoration and "Ionic" capitals; pulpit of 1635; emphatic eagle lectern of C15; good C15 bench ends. Lessor fitments include C19 royal arms; C17 chest; C19 font; C19 pews; C18 coffin stool; bier dated 1734. Recumbant C14 effigy of a priest to South chapel, another to the North aisle. C18 wall monument to the chancel; 4 further C19 wall monuments, that to South chapel most elaborate to Reed family by Casentini of Laibeth. Two Its stained glass windows to East end of North aisle, further fragments of early glass in the North East window of the chancel. Much C19 stained glass, particulary to the North aisle and the East and West windows, the former by O'connor of 1858; further North West window to chancel of 1935 in the style of Rex Whistler. Encaustic tiles to chancel. (N Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).

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