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IoE Number: 262725
Location: CHURCH OF SAINT MARY, CHURCH LANE (north side)
Photographer: Mr John Barker
Date Photographed: 24 September 2003
Date listed: 19 April 1961
Date of last amendment: 19 April 1961
Grade I

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ST62SWRIMPTON CPCHURCH LANE (North side)5/110Church of Saint Mary19.4.61

ST62SW RIMPTON CP CHURCH LANE (North side) 5/110 Church of Saint Mary 19.4.61 GV I Church. Early C13 and later. Local stone, crudely bounded with Ham stone to chancel, Ham stone dressings; plain clay tiles over 3-base courses stone slates to chancel, elsewhere lead roofs behind crenellated parapets; coped East gable with cross finial. Cruciform plan, with 3-bay nave, West tower and South porch alongside South transept, and small vestry alongside North transept. Tower has angle offset buttresses for two-thirds height; smallish C14 traceried 2-West window, then lancet slits on North and South sides at ringing chamber level; above a string course, then 2-light cusped C14 traceried windows with pierced timber baffle boards on all 4-sides; capping string course with gargoyles and shallow battlemented copings. Stair turret to North-east corner. Chancel has 3-light plate tracery East window in a nearly semi- circular arched recess having side impost stones but no label. Pair of simple cusped lancet windows with labels and figurehead stops to both North and South walls, and to the latter a simple pointed arched doorway between the windows. South transept has a crude plinth, full height angled corner buttresses, high string course with gargoyles and battlemented coping: The South window a 3-light C15 early pointed arch traceried window, the East window a flat-headed 3-light window of the late C15. The North transept matches, but the East window is a C19 copy. The nave has full height buttresses with elaborately moulded offsets, with circa 1400 window tracery of a very rural character. The South porch has a segmental pointed arch of 2-orders to the entrance, a small 2-light C15 window in South wall, and stone benches inside; C14 doorway into the church has moulded pointed arch and jambs, without capitals, and a C17 door; good statue niche over with cusped arched head. Internally the roofs of a late C19 pattern. The chancel and South transept arches probably C15, with good small capitals; the tower arch of distinctly rural character and possibly earlier; the North transept arch a C19 rebuild. Fittings of notes include an early C17 pulpit, a good collection of bench ends with poppy-heads, 2-piscinae of the C13, a holy water stoop, a C14/15 octagonal font with crude carved panels and a C17 cover. The church "repaired" in 1827, 1875 and 1921; architects not known.

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