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Statutory Address:

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Dorset (Unitary Authority)
Charlton Marshall
National Grid Reference:
ST 90038 04074



8/36 Church of St Mary 14-7-55 GV I

Parish church dated 1713 on nave wall and 1728 on tower downpipe. West tower C15. C18 work probably by the Bastards of Blandford for Dr Sloper. C18 work in flint with squared greensand blocks. C15 work in banded flint and rubble. Ashlar dressings. Nave has tiled roof with stone slate margins and end stone copings, tower and north aisle have flat lead roofs concealed behind parapets. Nave and porch have ogee-moulded cornice. Plan: nave with continuous chancel; north aisle-and organ chamber; west tower; south porch. West tower: 2 stages separated by weathered string; square set buttresses; C15 casement moulded window surround extending near to ground level containing C18 window with round head and C18 doorway with plain pilaster surround and 6-fielded panel door; upper stage has lancet partially obscured by clock face to south wall; 2-light, C15 belfry windows with square heads and Perpendicular tracery; C18 ashlar parapet with central pediments and pyramidal obelisks with ball finials. All main C18 windows have semi-circular_heads with ashlar architraves and contain leaded-lights. The north aisle has a plain parapet plat band and a moulded parapet cornice. Doorways to chancel and organ chamber have plain ashlar architraves and contain 5-fielded panel doors. Between nave and chancel and at chancel ends and buttresses of 5 weathered stages which are presumably reset. The south porch is gabled with a stone slate roof and has a semi-circular arch with ashlar architrave bearing stone keystone and imposts. The stone coping terminates in large sundial finial.

Internal features: C18, 5 bay north aisle with round arches springing from square piers; pointed tower arch of 2 chamfered orders dying into responds; continuous elliptical, plastered barrel-vaulted nave and chancel roof; coved wall plate; carved oak reredos with fluted Corinthian pilasters and inscriptions; C18 communion rails with posts in form of Doric columns; C18 font with gadrooned base and cover with pineapple finial; C18 octagonal pulpit with fielded marquetry panels and sounding board; some C18 benches; C18 panelled doors; various C18 and C19 monuments including several to members of the Bastard family. (RCHM, Dorset, vol.III, p.57/58, no.1. Newman, J. and Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: Dorset, 1972, p141/2.) )

Listing NGR: ST9003804075


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Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1970), 57-58
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972), 141-142


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

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Date: 30 Jun 2001
Reference: IOE01/05935/26
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr JE Leeson. Source Historic England Archive
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