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© Mr Duncan Miller

IoE Number: 261678
Location: CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY,
  BRUTON, SOUTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Duncan Miller
Date Photographed: 13 July 2004
Date listed: 24 March 1961
Date of last amendment: 24 March 1961
Grade I

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BRUTON CPST63SEWYKE CHAMPFLOWER5/206Church of the Holy Trinity24.3.61

BRUTON CP ST63SE WYKE CHAMPFLOWER 5/206 Church of the Holy Trinity 24.3.61 GV I Church. Dated 1623. Local stone rubble, rendered, with Doulting stone dressings; cedar shingle roof between coped gables. Single- cell plan, 3 bays, with projecting North porch of 2 storeys. East elevation has a 3-light window in slight almost semi-circular arched recess with label; South elevation has two 3-light hollow chamfered mullioned windows with flat heads and labels over; North elevation has two similar windows, the lights having trefoil cusped heads; bay 3 has the porch, with cambered arched moulded doorway under square label, with small shields in the spandrils marked "S/HE" and "1623", and above a 2-light mullioned window to match; inside the porch a similar but more elaborate doorway with original panelled and boarded door; West end abuts the Manor House (qv); it is crowned by a small bell turret detailed like a full church tower, two stages above ridge with offset corner buttresses and battlements, and crowned with a windvane. The interior totally of C17, with a 3-centre arched plaster vault with timber ribs and bosses with shields, with painted timber tympanum between nave and chancel bearing coats of arms; some old stained glass in the East window, and below and on return walls of chancel boarded dado panels; altar rail with simple turned balusters - which could be C19 - a reredos with the Commandments behind a later crucifix, all crowned with strapwork decoration; set high in East wall two painted stone panels with heavy frames inscribed "Domus mea" and "Domus orationis": the Nave has good box pews, with hat pegs on walls, and fine stone pulpit in Classical style, with panelled pilasters, strapwork decoration, foliage decorated frieze and cornice; octagonal font on stand dated 1945, but ogee cupula cover and suspension gear is C17. Fine monument in Classical style in chancel, black and white marble with colouring, Corinthian columns carrying broken segmental pediment with achievement of arms, commemorating Henry Southworth, Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Wyke, who "at his owne charge builte and adorned this Chappell", died 1625. A chapel "built in the time of the war" was recorded in Bruton Priory archives in the third quarter of C12. (Couzens P, Bruton in Selwood, Abbey Press, Sherborne, 1972).

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