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IoE Number: 445879
Photographer: Mr Duncan Miller
Date Photographed: 04 July 2004
Date listed: 24 March 1961
Date of last amendment: 06 March 1986
Grade II*

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SOUTH CADBURY CPSHERBORNE ROAD (West side)ST62NW4/141Church of St Thomas a Becket(formerly listed as Church of St

SOUTH CADBURY CP SHERBORNE ROAD (West side) ST62NW 4/141 Church of St Thomas a Becket (formerly listed as Church of St Thomas of Canterbury) 24.3.61 GV II* Anglican parish church. C13 and C15, restored in 1850's and 1870'5. Cary and lias stone, mostly ashlar, with some Doulting stone dressings; plain clay tile roof over stone slate base courses to chancel, Welsh slate over stone to nave, both between stepped coped gables. Three-cell plan of 2-bay chancel and 3-bay nave and south aisle, with north porch, south-east vestry and west tower. Chancel has double plinth mould, eaves course, no buttresses: east window of 3-lights, C19 in C15 style with headtop label; on north side two 2-cusped lights under square labels, probably C15; south-east corner vestry has no plinth but extended string/label course, and latching 2-light windows to those of chancel north side, one reduced in size, and probably reused from chancel south wall; in south-east corner a painted arched doorway in rectangular hollow-chamfered recess. South aisle has plinth, eaves course; two C15 3-light traceried windows of different patterns under arched square stop labels. Nave has a 2-light and a 3-light flat arched window set in hollow chamfered reveals, with projection for pulpit recess which is under a stone roof and has a small window. North porch has double plinth, north gable with cross finial, small east winnow; elliptical arched outer doorway in rectangular recess with foliated and Tudor-rose spandrils, with small ogee cusped light over: similar inner door with plain statue niche over. Tower possibly early C15, and still carried a spire in 1822: stages, with double plinth, string courses, the top with gargoyles, battleiented parapets with crocketted corner pinnacles, angled corner buttresses for full height: north-east square corner stair turret carried higher than remainder of tower, with slit windows each stage: small but wide west door with wave-moulded pointed arch label with headstops; above a 2-light C15 style traceried window, heavily restored, with very slight label mould; elsewhere stages 1 and 2 plains to each face stage S a 2-light traceried 2-light window in hollow chamfered reveal without label. Interior has work of many periods. Chancel has 1874 rib and panel barrel vault roof, and east window probably same date; panelled C15 chancel arch, squints formerly to both sides; furnishings C19, but including reredos sculpture of the crucifixion, by Earp of Lambeth installed in 1780. Nave has C15 timber rib and plaster panel vault ceiling with bosses and angels; arcade into south aisle, with 4-shaft columns, basically c1280, the end shafts having turned mouldings; tower arch to match; recess for C19 pulpit, font also C19. South aisle largely rebuilt 1853, but incorporates a C14 piscina, above which are the remains of a window jamb with fragment of medieval wall painting of a bishop, possibly Thomas a Becket. Glass in east window by Clayton and Bell 1874. No significant memorials. First recorded rector 1265. (Anon, South Cadbury, A Brief Guide with Historical Notes, Undated; Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).

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