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Listed Building Status

The Parish Church of the Holy Rood, in Wool, Dorset, is a Grade II* Listed Building.


(From http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101120365-parish-church-of-the-holy-rood-wool#.WSFr0ca1u38 )


Listing grades

In England and Wales, listed buildings are classified in three grades:

Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important. Just 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I.

Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*.

Grade II buildings are nationally important and of special interest. 92% of all listed buildings are in this class and it is the most likely grade of listing for a private residential building.



The following is in a different order than in the listing, to reflect the direction of entry from the east (Church Lane) or west (path from the school) approaches to the porch and north door as they are in 2017 at present and slightly expanded to avoid too many abbreviations. as the listing was in 1959, some aspects have changed over the years.



Parish church. 13th Century origin, enlarged in 15th Century. Enlarged again and part rebuilt in 19th Century. Stone walls, roofs part tiled, part lead-covered. Parapets to gables, with stone copings.

Nave, north and south aisles of four bays, chancel with vestry on north, north porch, west tower.


15th Century, of three states, has battlemented parapet, and semi-octagonal stair turret on south. Top stage has 2-light windows with lattice filling. Centre stage has slit window on south. Lowest stage has 3-light west window with Perpendicular tracery.


Rebuilt 19th Century but incorporates reset 15th Century outer arch. Inner arch has depressed 4-centred head.

North aisle

15th Century, has parapet and added 19th Century buttresses. One 2-light and one 3-light window.

South aisle

19th Century, has battlemented parapet. Three reset 15th Century square-headed 3-light windows, and doorway of similar date with depressed 4-centred arch.


19th Century, has two 2-light windows in south wall and a 3-light east window, all in 15th Century style.

Chancel arch, late 14th Century, divided into three arched sections, forming a stone "screen".


Two centre bays of the north arcade are 13th Century with circular piers and moulded caps. West bay is 15th Century, in similar style. East bay is 19th Century. South arcade is 19th Century, copying the north arcade. Chancel rebuilt in 19th Century.

All roofs 19th Century, of pine, of hammer-beam form in chancel, with arch-braced scissor trusses in nave. Most fittings are 19th Century; the font is 15th Century, built against a pier of the north arcade.



Other information

Entry Name: Parish Church of the Holy Rood


Latitude: 50.6776 / 5040'39"N

Longitude: -2.2172 / 213'1"W

OS Eastings: 384750

OS Northings: 86463

OS Grid: SY847864

Mapcode National: GBR 21J.J7X

Mapcode Global: FRA 6778.XR6

Location: Wool, Purbeck, Dorset, BH20

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Parish: Wool

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Listing Date: 20 November 1959

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108870

Source ID: 1120365

Listing Text (20.11.59)

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

SY 8486  19/409 WOOL CHURCH LANE


Parish Church of the Holy Rood


Listing NGR: SY8475086463











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