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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1267315



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ilchester

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Apr-1961

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 418788

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4/84 Church of St Andrew


GV II* Anglican Parish Church. C14 and later. Local grey lias stone roughly cut and squared, Ham stone dressings; plain clay tiled roof with bands of scallop tiles between stepped coped gables with cross finials. Two-cell plan of 2-bay chancel and 3 bay nave, with south-east organ chamber, north end vestry, and west tower doubling as a porch. Chancel at least partly rebuilt in C19: offset corner buttresses, parts have chamfered plinth; east window 3-light almost triangular headed, early C15 tracery, no label; no windows to sides, but near-triangular arched doorway on north side, alongside projecting vestry which has a cusped 2-light flat arched window without label in north gable; south-east organ chamber projection quite plain. Nave has a 3-light C15-traceried window in hollowed pointed-arched recess in centre north bay, with flanking buttresses; on south side 3 matching windows, but no buttresses except to south-west corner. Tower in 3 stages; angled corner buttresses to midway up second stage; plinth string courses, shallow plain parapet; west doorway has moulded 4-centre arch without label, and immediately above a 3-light C14 traceried window in near triangular arch, and above this a small statue niche with flanking diagonally set pilasters and hood mould; other faces plain stage 1; to stage 2 a low flat-arched C14 window set on the string to south, and on north side the head only of a 2-light window of early C14; stage 3 has 2-light windows on all faces in 3 centred arches, cinquefoil cusped lights, probably C14 and in addition on south side a blocked small opening with segmental-arched head; stair turret on north east corner octagonal on plan, set slightly higher than main tower, having several slit windows, one quatrefoil and one small rectuangular window. Interior not acessible; mentioned is a double chamfer tower arch dying into imposts, and no furniture of interest, but previous list mentions a C17 pulpit. In origin a minster church of Saxon date, it may originally have been the Ilchester parish church, it is now one of only two surviving of at least eight medieval churches in the town. (Pevsner N, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958; VCH, Vol III,1974).

Listing NGR: ST5234823141

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1974)
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, (1958)

National Grid Reference: ST 52348 23141


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