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Dorset (Unitary Authority)
Corfe Castle
National Grid Reference:
SY 96056 82050


CORFE CASTLE THE SQUARE (South side ) SY 96 82 7/125 Parish Church of Saint Edward 20.11.59 GV II* Anglican Parish Church. Tower C15, rest rebuilt 1860, architect T H Wyatt, incorporating some medieval fragments. Rubble stone walls with ashlar dressings, slate roofs with coped gables. Separate pitched roofs to nave and aisles. Nave, north and south aisles of 4 bays, with clerestory. Chancel with north and south aisles of 2 bays, and projecting sanctuary; west tower, south porch. Tower, of 3 stages, has diagonal buttresses and moulded plinth. Semi-octagonal stair turret on north. Battlemented parapet with corner pinnacles. Moulded string course below this, with carved gargoyles. 2-light square-headed belfry windows. Main west window of 3 lights, with intersecting tracery. West door has straight-sided arch in square frame with shields in spandrels flanked by canopied niches on carved head corbels. In south aisle wall, two 2-light windows with plate tracery and a 3-light window with geometrical tracery. In south chancel aisle wall a shouldered arched doorway, 2 lancets and a 3-light window with geometrical tracery. 2-light square headed windows in north and south walls of sanctuary. East window with intersecting tracery and battlemented transome. In north aisle, blocked doorway with 2-light window above, 2 lancets and 3-light window with geometrical tracery. North porch has pointed arched doorway with shafts of C12 character. Internally, chancel has arch-braced collar beam roof. Chancel arcades in C13 style, with clustered Purbeck marble columns. In north wall, re-set lancet, and C14 doorway below it (these now internal), and blocked C13 doorway in south wall. Arch-braced scissor roof to nave. Nave arcades with circular columns and stiff-leaf caps - one of these early C13 - re-used. Tower arch has shafts with moulded caps, and 4 carved heads. In tower, 2 fragments of carved C15 Purbeck marble. Other medieval fragments loose in church. In north chancel aisle 2 C15 inscribed wall tablets, and one of 1686. Painted Royal Arms of Charles II over north door. Good wall monument of 1677 west of this. C15 octagonal font, Purbeck marble, with panelled sides. (RCHM, Monument 1. Dorset. Vol.II. Buildings of England. Dorset. Newman and Pevsner).

Listing NGR: SY9605682050


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Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset II South East, (1970)
Pevsner, N, Newman, J, The Buildings of England: Dorset, (1972)


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: 15 Apr 2002
Reference: IOE01/06634/14
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr David Scott. Source Historic England Archive
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