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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: 1351131



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

County: Hampshire

District: East Hampshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Selborne

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: I

Date first listed: 03-Jul-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 11-May-1987

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 143031

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11/13 Church of St Mary

The item shall be amended to read :


High Street Church of St Mary


SELBORNE THE PLESTOR SU 7433 11/13 Church of St Mary

3.7.63 I

Parish church. Late C12, late C13, early C14, 1781, 1856, and C20. Stone walls and tiled roof. Late Norman (c 1180) nave of 4 bays with aisles, chancel of the same period, south aisle widened when the east end was made into a chant chapel (post 1284), north transept of 1305, west tower of 1781, south porch (C18), and C19 vestry. The nave and wide south aisle have separate roofs, the narrower north aisle has a low pitched slate roof, at right angles is the transept roof ending in a gable. Most of the walling is polygonal malmstone with stone and some brick dressings, the windows are mainly restorations, lancets, coupled cusped lights, 3 lancets to the to the east window, and a group of 3 tall lancets within a hoodmould to the south aisle. Interior: much remains of original work; the transitional arches of the nave are supported on cylindrical columns with cushion caps, the east and transept windows are old, there are piscinas to the chancel, south aisle, and transept. The chancel arch is 1856 by William White. There is a series of wall monuments of the C18, a Royal Coat of Arms of GIII (1786). There is furniture made from medieval pieces, of stools, a reading desk, and a C15 bench. There are 2 notable works of art; a Flemish altar piece a triptych) by JAN MOSTAERT of c 1510, and a piece of Flemish wood carving (c 1520) of the Descent from the Cross. There are floor slab tombs. In the south aisle is a large 3- light window with stained glass of 1920, depicting St Francis and the Birds, being a memorial to Gilbert White (all the birds having mention in his Natural History of Selborne). Plain round font (C12) and south door with original wrought iron strapwork. The tower is plain, with a parapet. The porch is also plain, with walls of ironstone and malmstone.

Listing NGR: SU7409433703

Selected Sources

Books and journals
White, G, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, (1875)

National Grid Reference: SU 74119 33780


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