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© Mr David J Lewis LRPS

IoE Number: 408072
Photographer: Mr David J Lewis LRPS
Date Photographed: 09 May 2001
Date listed: 01 February 1956
Date of last amendment: 01 February 1956
Grade II*

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ST 76 NE SWAINSWICK UPPER SWAINSWICK 5/239 St. Mary's Church 1.2.56 II* G.V. Anglican Parish Church. C12, altered C14 and C15; restored mid - late C19 by C.E. Davis of Bath. West tower, nave, north aisle, south porch, chancel and north chancel chapel. Ashlar and coursed rubble; stone slate roof with coped raised verges. The west tower is probably C14 and it is built into the west end of the nave: 3 stages with plain ashlar parapet and quoins; saddleback roof; single square light on second stage and 2-light cusped window to bell chamber; buttress with off-sets at west corner. Nave: to the left of the porch is 2-light window with cusped ogee-headed tracery, under a square hood mould, single narrow light at left; to the right of the porch is a fine 3-light window with an ogee head, moulded mullions and surrounds and reticulated tracery in the upper part, ogee hoodmould and finial; at the far right is a 2-light casement window with segmental heads and ovolo moulded surrounds. Gabled and projecting south porch; plank studded door in fine moulded and ogee headed doorway. Chancel is mostly C19: 2 windows on south side, one plain with 3-lights and one single cusped light; 4-light Perpendicular style but C19 east window. North chantry chapel has a 4-light late Perpendicular style east window with cusped heads and under a square dripmould; similar 2-light window on north side and doorway with a chamfered and 4-centre headed surround (leaf carving in the spandrels). North aisle: remains of stoup close to chantry door; large 4-light Perpendicular style window at left, with 4-centred head; 2-light window to west with a small square light at the right; 3-light west window in ovolo moulded and round-headed surrounds. South door is mid - late C12: single columns with scalloped capitals; arch with 2 bands of zig-zag; hoodmould with a band of dogtooth moulding and carved head stops. Interior. Three of the supporting piers of the tower are visible: octagonal with stops on the south piers; double chamfered arches to east and south with continuous hoodmoulds and string course; coarsely cut head stops and figure of a demi-angel on south-east pier. 2 bay north arcade with piers of alternating hollow mouldings and engaged shafts; 4-centred arches but round- headed and chamfered, narrow arch to east. Ogee moulded chancel arch; arch from aisle to north chantry chapel has engaged columns with foliate and crocketted capitals; arch from chancel to north chapel has a Perpendicular style panelled soffit and sides. Stoup to east of south door has an elaborate canopy with an ogee head and crocketted pinnacles; plain 4-centre headed recess with carved spandrels and thin columns surrounds piscina in north chapel. Pulpit: late C19 in an Early English style. Font, possibly early C13; recut: ashlar; octagonal bowl on a cylindrical stem and with a moulded base. Monuments. Tower: Mary Morgan 1794, by William Reeves of Bath in marble and with a draped urn. Nave: Royal Arms of Charles I, 1647. Chancel: Catherine Winsloe, by T. King of Bath in marble with an oval medallion bearing a draped urn which stands on a plinth decorated with heraldry; brass to Edmund Forde, 1439. North aisle: John and William Turner, 1678 and Anne Danvers, 1682, inscribed tablets. (N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

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