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©  Brendan Balhetchet LRPS

IoE Number: 266932
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY,
  WITHAM FRIARY, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Brendan Balhetchet LRPS
Date Photographed: 10 August 2001
Date listed: 11 March 1968
Date of last amendment: 27 November 1984
Grade I

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ST74SWWITHAM FRIARY CP6/234Church of St Mary,(previously listed as PrioryChurch of St Mary)

ST74SW WITHAM FRIARY CP 6/234 Church of St Mary, (previously listed as Priory Church of St Mary) 11.3.68 GV I Parish Church. Circa 1200 in Transitional style altered 1828, rebuilt and extended 1875 by William White in Muscular Gothic. 3-bay nave and continuous one bay apsidal chancel, of local limestone rubble, supported on each side by 4 massive flying buttresses; combined pent roofed porch and vestry across West end; tall Western ashlar bellcote surmounting steeply pitched plain tile roof. Semi-circular headed windows to North and South sides of cl200 except that in West bay, all of 1875; blocked sanctus window on South side of chancel. Bulls eye West window of 3-light. Early English East window again of 1875. Plastered interior entered through Norman style doorway has stone vaulted roof of 4-bays springing from octagonal corbels, comprising chamfered transverse ribs and diagonal ribs intersecting at an apex forming a quadripartite pattern, Western 2-bays of the restoration. Nave contains Perpendicular upper and lower; entrances to rood; scraped octagonal font of c1450. Jacobean pulpit containing medieval work; royal arms of 1660 at West end. Chancel has double piscina with Carnaervon heads; reredos of 1875; Jacobean chair. Fragmentary medieval glass in North windows, that in South by Sir Ninian Comper.

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