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Church Of St Mary

Hob Uid: 35887
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Oare
Grid Ref : SS8020947311
Summary : Parish church. 15th century nave and inner chancel, outer chancel added and tower rebuilt mid 19th century. Local stone coursed rubble 19th century work, earlier parts roughcast, 3 separate slate roofs, no coped verges, decorative ridge tiles. West tower, 3-baynave, one bay inner chancel, one bay outer chancel. Norman font. The church has an historical association with RD Blackmore and attracts visitors in connection with "Lorna Doone".
More information : (SS 80214731) St Mary's Church (NAT). (1)

St Mary's has an inner and outer chancel of which the inner one is probably 15th c.; the rest of the church is mainly modern. (2)

In normal use. (3)

B Church of St. Mary

Mediaeval origin but much restored and altered. Nave, choir (originally the chancel), later chancel, S. porch, W. tower of plain moorland type, 2-stage, embattled, single bell-chamber windows. Some lancets, 2 with tre-foiled heads, other windows later. Complete set of C. 18 box pews and pulpit, painted Royal Arms (Hanover), C. 18 wall tablets. Tub font on later pedestal, piscina with bowl formed from grotesque head. Visited by large numbers of tourists on account of associations with "Lorna Doone". (4)

SS84NW DARE CP
DARE VILLAGE

2/39 Church of St Mary

22.5.69

- II*

Parish church. C15 nave and inner chancel, outer chancel
added and tower rebuilt mid C19. Local stone coursed rubble C19
work, earlier parts roughcast, 3 separate slate roofs, no coped
verges, decorative ridge tiles. West tower, 3-bay nave, one bay
inner chancel, one bay outer chancel. Crenellated 3-stage tower,
unbuttressed, string courses, single light louvred bell opening,
2-light west window under square hoodmould and pointed relieving
arch, pointed arch west door; three C19 2 and 3-light wooden
mullioned windows to nave, lancet to inner chancel, unlit south
side, mullioned and transomed 2-light east window, 2-light window
on north wall of outer chancel, trefoil-headed lancet to inner
chancel, nave unlit; gabled single storey porch, semi-circular
headed opening, inner chamfered pointed arch wooden doorway,
perhaps C16 with C19 door. Interior: rendered. No chancel arch,
bosses from roof reset on cambered beam to inner chancel;
unmoulded pointed tower arch. Barrel vault to nave and inner
chancel, C19 outer chancel roof. Norman circular font. C18 box
pews, readers desk and pulpit. Unusual piscina in the form of
man's head clasped between 2 hands, possibly C15. Good collection
of painted C18 slate tablets to Spurry family. Ten Commandments
painted on two wooden boards. Unususal painted wooden panel
inscribed Peter Spurrye, Churchwarden 1718 and thought to
represent Moses. R D Blackmore's grandfather was rector here
1809-42 and the church attracts many visitors as the scene of the
marriage of Jan Ridd in Blackmore's book "Lorna Doone".
(Photograph in NMR) (5)

Additional Bibliography. (6-7)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1905
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Oare and Culbone 1928 3-10 illust (F C Eeles)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JP 08-JUL-65
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) Williton RD Somer March 1962
Page(s) : 53
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : West Somer Dist (Exford et al) Somer 2.1.86 21
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Source Number : 5a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Churches & Chapels of Exmoor 1974 (Allen)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details :
Page(s) : 26-Jul
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Vol(s) : 60, 1928
Source Number : 7
Source : South and west Somerset
Source details :
Page(s) : 265-6
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Norman
Monument End Date : 1170
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Font
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C15
Monument End Date : 1499
Monument Start Date : 1400
Monument Type : Parish Church
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : partially rebuilt C19
Monument End Date : 1900
Monument Start Date : 1801
Monument Type : Parish Church
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33844
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 265452
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1345381
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 NW 4
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 84 NW 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-07-08
End Date : 1965-07-08