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IoE Number: 268418
Location: CHURCH OF ST PETER, HIGH STREET (south side)
Photographer: Mr Michael Green
Date Photographed: 02 July 2007
Date listed: 02 June 1961
Date of last amendment: 02 June 1961
Grade I

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EVERCREECH CPHIGH STREET (South side)ST645814/209Church of St Peter2.6.61GVI

EVERCREECH CP HIGH STREET (South side) ST6458 14/209 Church of St Peter 2.6.61 GV I Anglican parish church. C14, C15, restored 182S by Jesse Gane of Evercreech and 1843, further late C19 work. Ashlar and coursed and squared rubble, freestone dressings, slate and lead sheeting roofs. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, south vestry, west tower, Perpendicular. Three-stage tower with set-back buttresses ascending to pinnacles, very tall transomed 2-light bell-chamber windows upon each face, predominantly blank, some stone grilles; embattled parapet with quatrefoil piercing, big corner pinnacles, smaller intermediate pinnacles, niche with defaced figure to west, 4-light west window with much restored tracery, west doorway with moulded 4-centred head surround, ornamental spandrels, paired ribbed doors. This tower is of the East Mendip type. Four bay nave, 3-light clerestorey windows, quatrefoil parapet, pinnacles. Four bay buttressed north and south aisles, similar parapets, pinnacles, gargoyles, 3-light windows; the south rebuilt 1843 when the south doorway and porch were removed; small neo-medieval vestry with south door. Two bay chancel, solid parapet with pinnacles end a small urn (C18?) on the east gable apex; a 2 and a 3-light square-headed window to south, each light with a cusped field; this wall also with a slender 2-stage ashlar buttress and a tripartite C18 wall monument; on north wall 2 two-light windows with cusping, labels, 2 ashlar buttresses; 3-light east window with reticulated tracery. Interior plastered on wood block and encaustic tile floors. Nave with very fine tie- beam roof with bosses, arcading, angel busts, and the crest of the Duke of Somerset, who was Lord Protector of Edward VI, trio whole with restored medieval colouring, carved stoop angel corbels; chancel with C19 plaster ceiling, cornice and ribbing. Lofty moulded Perpendicular chancel arch of 4 orders. Four-bay arcades to north and south aisles, piers of 4-hollows section. Fittings predominantly late C19 including reredos, sedilia, altar rails, choir stalls, brass eagle lectern, pews, stone pulpit, and stone font. Organ built in 1870. North and south galleries to aisles, Gothic Revival, constructed 1825 and 1843 respectively; the north obscures carved stone corbels which appear to support an early roof, below gallery a pier with 2 carved angel corbels set low down. Further west gallery under the tower which appears to incorporate reused medieval work. C19 painting of the Transfiguration; 3 painted achievements stored in north gallery. Pair of large brass candelabra, probably C18. Collection of C18 leather fire buckets. C17 wall monument in south aislei several good C18 and early Cl9 wall monuments. Stained glass, late C19 to the east and west windows. Small Jacobean chest on turned legs. Pre-Reforiation bell. (Pevsner N., Buildings of England, South and West Somrrset, 1958 SANHS Proceedings, 24, i, 26; Illustrated John Buckler, 1833).

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