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MSO8849 - St Mary Magdalene's Church and Churchyard, Withiel Florey

ENPHER Number:MSO8849
Name:St Mary Magdalene's Church and Churchyard, Withiel Florey
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 9869 3328
Parish:BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

St Mary's Church is of 12th Century origins but most of the building dates to the Perpendicular period (15th Century) and it was restored in the 19th Century. It contains a Norman font.

Monument Types

  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD (Possible))
  • PARISH CHURCH (AD 12th Century to Modern - 1100 AD to 2050 AD (After))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1057984: CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE

Description

[SS 98693328] St Mary Magdalene's Church (NAT) ([1]

St Mary Magdalene's Church, Withiel Florey, is a small structure of asingle aisle 62ft long and 14ft wide. [2]

The W tower is partly 13th century, the remainder Perpendicular and much restored. [3]

In normal use. [4]

18/7 Listed Grade B Church of St Mary Magdalene Small and very plain 14/15th century. Perpendicular building with rough-cast exterior. Nave, chancel, S porch, embattled W tower, diagonal buttresses to lower stage, single bell-chamber windows. Segmental-headed S doorway, possibly Norman. Interior not accessible at time of listing. [5]

Parish church. C12 in origin, C15 nave lengthened, tower and porch added, 1848 vestry added. Roughcast over flat bedded lias, red sandstone dressings, slate roofs, plain verges. West tower without stair turret, 2-bay nave with rood stair projection, south porch, 2-storey vestry with access to pulpit, single storey vestry opening out of chancel and containing organ, 2-bay chancel. Crenellated 2-stage diagonally buttressed tower, string courses, west front lit only by C19 3-light west window, north front 2-light trefoil headed louvred bell-opening, south front 2 small rectangular openings in upper stage, other openings possibly concealed beneath roughcast, 2-light window left of gabled single storey porch, pointed arch opening with C19 corbelled and ribbed inner arch, plastered barrel vault with moulded ribs, bosses and wallplate, segmental headed inner doorway, remains of medieval door with medieval iron work, tablet in gable end dated 1695. 3-light window right, rood stair projection with lancet, 2-light windows to diagonally buttressed chancel, chamfered, semi-circular headed priest's door, 3-light east window, vestry with lancet at east end, C20 half glazed door to upper room presumably over basement, 2-light C15 trefoil headed window right partially cut by vestry additon, otherwise north wall unlit with large rubble buttress. Interior: rendered. Nave walls very thick and splayed out. C19 pointed chancel arch, moulded 4-centered tower arch. Roofs: C19 arch braced roof on corbels to chancel, shallow plastered wagon roof to nave. Circular Norman font. C19 fittings including pulpit, harmonium, wrought iron altar rails, 2 wrought iron lamp holders in sanctuary and 4 corona lamp holders with crested decoration suspended by chains and still used to light the church. Mid C18 pedimented marble tablet with volutes and palm leaf decoration to the Bryant family. Access to the pulpit is via the small meeting room on the north front. (Photograph in NMR). [6]

The church has an early foundation as in 1110 the living was appropriated to Taunton Priory and assessed in the 1292 taxation. The west tower is 13th Century but the rest of the building is Perpendicular with later restoration. A stone over the porch bears the date 1693. The pews in the nave were given in 1882, when the chancel was repaired and the stained glass window inserted, the cost being met by JH Insole, Lord of the Manor. A marble tablet over the organ commemorates James Bryant (died 1733) and another plaque is to GL Cornish (died 1913). In 1959 there were plans to demolish the church but vigorous local protests prevented this and since this time, much preservation work has been carried out and a maintenance trust fund raised. [8]

Graveyard in use since medieval times. [9]

Complex plan. Stone, Render, roughcast and pebbledash walls. Collar beam, arch-braced, Gabled roof [10]

The building was visited in June 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [11]


<1> Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) , OS 6" 1962 (Map). SMO5112.


<2> Collinson J, 1791, History of Somerset, 295-6 (Monograph). SSO876.


<3> Pevsner, N., 1958, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, 349 (Monograph). SMO5711.


<4> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1965, SS93SE, 4 (Map). SSO1740.


<5> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , HHR: Dulverton RD Somer (September 1955) 2 (Index). SMO5109.


<7> Eardley-Wilmot, H., 1981, Worksheet in Devon HER, HHR: District of West Somerset (August 1986) 20 (Unpublished document). SMO5301.


<8> Allen, N.V., 1974, Churches and Chapels of Exmoor, 89 (Monograph). SSO727.


<9> Aston, M, 29.11.76, Somerset County Council (Unassigned). SSO782.


<10> Somerset County Council, Various, Somerset HER parish files (Unpublished document). SSO1.


<11> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.

Related records

MSO10823Parent of: 17th Century chest tomb in St Mary Magdalene's Churchyard (Building)
MSO10822Parent of: Solomon family monument, St Mary Magdalene's Churchyard (Building)

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1648/4/34
  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601454
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10821
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11090
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SE4
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36688
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33387
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31356
Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2017 12:45PM

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