MSO7450 - St Mary's Church and churchyard, Churchtown, Luxborough (Building)


St Mary's Church has a 13th Century chancel, and a 15th Century tower with upper stages added in 1861. Most of the nave, the north aisle and south porch date to the 19th Century.

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(SS 97373801) St Mary's Church upper and lower (NAT). [1] The west tower and two-light west window are of the early 14th century. [2] Graveyard in use since at least medieval times. [3] The church is in normal use. [4] Parish church. C13 chancel, C15 altered and lower stages of tower erected, 1861 north aisle added, nave largely rebuilt and upper stages of tower added, 1890 south porch, 1969 and 1973-4 church restored. Roughcast with exposed flat bedded slate tower and porch, Ham stone dressings, slate roofs, coped verges. Four-bay nave, chancel, 4-bay north aisle, south porch, west tower. Three stage saddle-back tower aligned east-west, diagonal buttresses west end to second stage, 2-light louvred bell openings west end, string course, cross loop openings on returns, 2-light louvred bell openings below, 2-light window above pointed arch west door, C19 door; gabled south porch, chamfered pointed arch opening, C19 double doors, lit on returns, double inner door unmoulded, two 3-light windows to nave, large irregular buttresses at junction with chancel, lancets flanking priest's door with stepped buttress to left, 3-light east window, 2 lancets north front of chancel, two 3-light windows to north front ofchancel, two 3-light windows to north aisle. Interior: rendered tower exposed random rubble, chamfered chancel arch, pointed tower arch: C19 open wagon roofs. Four bay arcade of chamfered arches, outer bays springing from plain responds. C15 octagonal font. East window dedicated to Lt Lethbridge, died 1899. Mid-late C19 fittings. (Photograph in NMR; Pevsner, Buildings of England South and West Somerset, 1958). [5] Chest tomb. Late C15-early C16. Local stone squared and coursed, flat topped monolithic slab, steeply chamfered cornice. Slab split diagonally in two and weatherworn. Inset panel at east end with shield bearing unidentified coat of arms. Partially sunk. Forms a pair with similar unidentified chest tomb (qv) to south. Rare survival of an early chest tomb. Chest tomb. Late C15-early C16. Local stone, squared and coursed. Monolithic slab with steeply chamfered cornice, tomb sunk almost to cornice, inset panel with heraldic device at east end, strongly carvedwith illegible description visible, appears to be in good condition below the soil. Forms a pair with similar tomb to north. Rare survival of an early tomb. [5] Additional bibliography. [6,7] A three-light stained glass window commemorates B. E. Lethbridge who was killed in 1899 during the South African Wars. The left hand light depicts St Boniface, Christ Risen is shown in the centre and St Martin is in the right hand light. A cedar wood framed roll of honour commemorates three of the parish who died in WWI. [8] The building was visited in June 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [10]

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  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . OS 6" 1962.
  • <2> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. 225.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. F1 JP 25-AUG-65.
  • <4> Unassigned: Aston, M. 01.12.76. Somerset County Council.
  • <5> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE(HHR) W.Somer Dist (Carhampton et al) Somer 5 June 1985 40-1.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Hist & Ants of the Co of Somer 2 1791 26 (J Collinson).
  • <7> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Somer A&NHS Par.Surv./Somer 2:Luxboro'1978 23 151(E F Williams).
  • <8> Website: Imperial War Museum. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. UKNIWM ref. 24624; 24625.
  • <9> Monograph: Allen, N.V.. 1974. Churches and Chapels of Exmoor. Exmoor Press. 60.
  • <10> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 9738 3801 (67m by 67m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 444/11/74
  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601470
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10587
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11368
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE13
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36630
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33724
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31060

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