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© Mr G F J Russell LRPS

IoE Number: 266724
Location: CHURCH OF ST ANDREW,
  MELLS, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr G F J Russell LRPS
Date Photographed: 09 September 1999
Date listed: 11 March 1968
Date of last amendment: 11 March 1968
Grade I

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MELLS CPST724910/24Church of St Andrew

MELLS CP ST7249 10/24 Church of St Andrew 11.3.68 GV I Parish Church. Predominantly late C15, tower of mid C16, mid C19 restoration. Doulting ashlar; low pitched lead roofs. Clerestoried nave with north and south aisles, continuing as chapels clasping the chancel; south porch and vestry, both of 2-storeys; west tower. Gabled and embattled Perpendicular. 4-stage tower has set back buttresses connected across the angle terminating in detached pinnacles at the third stage; the diagonals in turn become pinnacles finishing just under the main corner pinnacles. C19 five light reticulated west window; above blind tracery of 3-lights, identical bell openings with quatrefoil interlace overlying. Buttressed porch with ogee gable and pinnacles, polygonal vestry of 1485 has plain 2-light openings and ares of Garland, its benefactor. Remainder of windows of 3-lights, C19 reticulated east window. Scraped interior on elaborate tile floors; fan vault to tower and porch, restored roofs of C19, except a lean-to in north chapel of C15 springing from angelic corbels. Arcaded nave of 4-bays, 4 have mouldings which are repeated on all other arches. Important furniture, particularly to Horner family in the north chapeli equine memorial by Munnings of 1920 on Lutyens base to Frances Horner; further tablets and a chest tomb of C17, C18 and C19 as well as east window of 1930 by Charles Nicholson. Gesso plaque of 1886 by Burne-Jones to Laura Lyttleton under tower; opposite cut lettering by Gill of 1916 to Raymond Asquith, above bronze wreath again by Lutyens. west end of south aisle has brass plaque of 1826 to Fussell family by Gingell of Bath; adjacent framed tapestry after Burne-Jones by Lady Horner. Further lesser memorials particularly in South chapel which also has a piscina. Benches of mid C19 though some Jacobean examples remain, others reused as panelling; chest of 1640; reading desk of C19 in Italian style; 3 brass chandaliers, largest to chancel dated 1721; Norman tub font. Mostly Cl9 stained glass; west window by Hudson, east window by Hardman, though retains of earlier work in north aisle and vestry. Tower has clock of C17 and peal of 8 bells, earliest of 1717; sanctus to chancel roof.

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