Sherborne St John, Hampshire - St Andrew's Church

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Notes in italics from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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St Andrew. The church consists of nave and chancel in one with a N aisle of 1834.

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The W tower is of 1837 and typical of that date with its windows and pinnacles. (Much restoration of 1854 and 1866-84 by St Aubyn. Rev. Basil Clarke) Recent recessed spire.

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In the nave, on the S side, one Dec window with reticulation (i.e. early 1300s). Otherwise Perpendicular windows with straight heads except east window.

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But the most interesting part of the church is the S porch of brick, dated by an inscription 1533. The entrance has a four-centred head, and in the spandrels is already Early Renaissance decoration. Over the S doorway inside one can see the donors of the porch kneeling, husband and wife. It was an unpedantic or perhaps simply unbookish age in which the donor could appear inside the porch as Iamys Spier and outside as Iames Spyre.

Sherborne St. John and The Vyne in the time of Jane Austen



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