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Great Durnford,  Wiltshire  -  St Andrew Church

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Notes in italics from Wiltshire by Nikolaus Pevsner Revised by Bridget Cherry (1975) Yale University Press, New Haven and London 


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East and north face South face South doorway North doorway
C13 lancets and a group of three under one relieving arch in the chancel. One lancet on the N side is a 'low-side' window. The W tower looks C13 too, but the circular windows are surprising. They would suggest an earlier date.  Both doorways are Norman so the present width of the nave is that of the C12. Both doorways have shafts with scalloped capitals. Both have tympana of green and white stone alternating. The S doorway imposes on this a basket pattern. The N doorway has around it a band of a kind of shuttlecocks. Both have bands of zigzag set at r. angles. ...

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Norman chancel arch as well, with shafts, re-cut capitals, and in the arch zigzag, again at r. angles. PAINTING. A remarkable amount, though much of it desperately badly preserved. Doom or Rood (?) above the chancel arch. ... large red scrolls, some with grapes, in several places; C13. ... Also in the chancel ashlar pattern with flowers set in. FONT. Circular, Norman; short, primitive interlaced arches; band of volutes over.
 

 

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