Dinton,  Wiltshire  -  St Mary Church
13th-14th centuries

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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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A dignified church with the crossing tower as its centre, essentially Dec (early 1300s), but with older and younger parts. ... Late C13 transepts. In the E wall of the S transept a lancet, in that of the N transept three stepped lancets.

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 Then the Dec style. The nave has a three-light W window of stepped cusped lancet lights. The crossing has arches of two chamfers dying into the imposts and a vault with diagonal and ridge ribs. In the corners the signs of the evangelists. The top of the crossing tower is Perp.

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The light and airy chancel has a five-light E window with cusped intersecting tracery and a blank pointed quatrefoil in the gable connected with the window below as if it were the finial of an ogee arch (on outside, see middle picture). The N and S windows are large, of three lights, with reticulated tracery. ... Wagon roof, ceiled, with bosses.

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Going out through the back gate to the west of the church, one comes upon a view of Hyde's House. Parts of the house are pre-Reformation and C16. The front however is a remodelling of the early C18. Five bays, with a pedimented three-bay centre. Quoins. Doorway with unfluted Ionic columns, a pulvinated frieze (i.e. convex profile), and a pediment. ... Formerly the Rectory House, and the birthplace of Edward Hyde, first Earl of Clarendon. 



Philipps House, Dinton

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