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©  Brendan Balhetchet LRPS

IoE Number: 268216
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN,
  BATCOMBE, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Brendan Balhetchet LRPS
Date Photographed: 23 July 2001
Date listed: 02 June 1961
Date of last amendment: 02 June 1961
Grade I

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BATCOMBE CPST6939BATCOMBE VILLAGE13/10Church of St. Mary the Virgin2.6.61

BATCOMBE CP ST6939 BATCOMBE VILLAGE 13/10 Church of St. Mary the Virgin 2.6.61 GV I Anglican parish church. Mainly C15, C16, restored C19. Rubble and ashlar, freestone dressings, tile and lead-sheeting roofs. Nave, chancel, N. and S. aisles, S. porch, N. vestry, W. tower. Perpendicular. Lofty 3-stage tower with set-back buttresses terminating on third stage as pinnacles, shaft clasped between the buttresses, terminating as pinnacle; pierced parapet, gargoyles, tall double-transoned 3-light bell-chamber openings, lower halves virtually blank, upper halves with stone quatrefoil grilles, flanking shafts and shafts betwen the openings, polygonal stair-turret to N., to S. 2 crocketted niches for statuary; enriched W. face with a 4-light window divided into 2-plus-2 sub-arches, W. doorway with leaf spandrels, string over with 3 decapitated angel figures; niche with figure with 6 attendant angels; S. side with C18 monument at base; clock on 2 faces with Roman numerals. Four bay nave with a clerestory, pierced parapet, pinnacles, gargoyles, 3-light windows with depressed-arch heads. Four bay S. aisle, 2 windows to S. of 4-lights with square heads, pierced parapet, buttresses, W. window of 3-lights with a pointed-arch head, below it a C18 monument. Gabled porch with a stone-tiled roof dated 1629, slender buttresses, those to front with crocketted finials, label with strapwork ornamentation, depressed-arch opening with foliate spandrels, paired C18 panelled doors; achievement and encircling text to gable face. Further similar achievement to left of door opening. Four bay N. aisle with pierced parapet, buttresses, pinnacles, 3-light windows, at E. end polygonal stair-turret. Two bay chancel, two 2-light square-headed windows to S., C17(?) 3-light mullioned and transomed E. window, traces of the jambs of the earlier window, below a C18 memorial. Large C20 vestry. Interior predominantly plastered on flagstone floors. Nave with low-pitched tie-beam roof, C18, large angel corbels of a former roof also retrain. Aisles with lean-to roofs with moulded ribs and bosses, to N. with corbels carved as angels. Chancel with simple C19 roof. Tower with fan-vault. Four bay aisle arcades with piers of 4-hollows section; chancel arch in conforming style; lofty panelled tower arch. Chancel with cusped C13 piscina. Hagioscopes. Upper and lower entrances to the rood. In N. aisle near the E. end 2 low cusped ogee-headed recesses. Richly carved octagonal font, Perpendicular trough much restored. A second font also present, C15, octagonal with simple quatrefoil panels. Chest dated 1683. Laudian altar rails. C19 brass lectern. Good set of pews of 1960. Many memorials, some in the form of medieval wall paintings, presently covered. Four C18 wall monuments by T. King of Bath, Ford of Bath, and Reeves and Son; C17 brass to Bisse family; C17 monument to Bisse family, probably c1640 with strapwork cresting. C19 wall monuments. C18 oil painting, The Nativity. Brass candelabra, donated 1737. At the E. end of the S. aisle a stained glass window of c1896, by Heaton, Butler and Bayne; E. window by A.K. Nicholson of 1930. (Persner N., Buildings of England, North Somerset and Bristol, l958; Photographs in NMR; SANHS proceedings, 24; 44; 53; 55; Illustrated J, Buckler 1829 and W.W. Wheatley 1842).

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