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Description: Church of St Guthlac
Date Listed: 26 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 191938
OS Grid Reference: TF3644842544
OS Grid Coordinates: 536448, 342544
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9629, 0.0301
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TF 34 SE FISHTOFT CLAMP GATE ROAD
12/23 Church of
Parish church. C12, late C13, C14, C15, 1853 restoration and
vestry addition. Limestone ashlar, some render, lead and
decorative tiled roofs. Clerestoried nave, aisles, western
tower, chancel, south porch, vestry. 3 stage C15 tower with
moulded plinth, 2 string courses, embattled parapet and stepped
corner buttresses with blank shields. Belfry stage has single
louvred openings with hollow chamfered surrounds. Middle stage
single 2 light windows with quatrefoils and trefoil heads. On
the south side a grotesque pig mask on a common wall stone. to
the west a continuously moulded door surround with hood having
human head stops. Above a 4 light window with brattished transom
and hollow chamfered surround. Above again is a niche containing
a carving of a saint beneath a crocketed canopy. C15 north aisle
having large 3 light windows, triangular headed to the west, all
with panel tracery, also a continuously moulded triangular headed
doorway. Clerestory of 5 matching 3 light windows. To the north
east angle of the nave is a stair turret with short spire and
crocket. C12 rendered chancel with pilaster buttresses, now with
C15 parapet. In the north wall a single round headed C12 light
is flanked by single C15 3 light windows with panel tracery. In
the east wall of the C19 vestry is a further reset C12 window.
Splendid late C13 east window of 5 lights having 3 geometric
circular panels to the head. On the south side are 2 C15 windows
and a C12 shafted doorway with scalloped capitals and chamfered
reveals, with immediately above a tall late C13 lancet with
moulded hood. In the parapet a section of C12 carving with 3
small round heads. In the east wall of the south aisle can be
seen a blocked pointed doorway. C15 south aisle with 3 three
light C15 windows, with panel tracery,one with triangular head.
Clerestory matches the north. Gabled C19 south porch, octagonal
reveals and single chamfered arch. Beyond is a blocked window
and to the west is a further C15 3 light window. C14 inner
doorway, continuously moulded. Interior. 5 bay nave arcades,
with C14 quatrefoil filleted shafts, having contemporary annular
capitals on the south, but C15 chamfered capitals to the north.
Both sides have double chamfered arches. Tall C15 recessed
tower arch, now with chamfered corbels. C15 double chamfered
chancel arch with octagonal reveals and chamfered capitals. On
the north side are 2 blocked doorways to the rood loft. In the
east wall of the south aisle is a blocked doorway with moulded
reveals. In the north aisle are many fragments of round headed
blank niches, probably from a scalloped corbel table. C15 nave
and aisle roofs having reduced crown posts, moulded principals
and ties resting on corbels with blank shields. Gilded angels
and grotesque heads at the intersections. In the chancel, the
rear arches of 2 further C12 windows can be seen in the north
wall and late C13 Y traceried aumbry. On the south a C19
triangular headed piscina. Behind the altar a C12 round headed
reliquary cupboard. C15 roof matches the nave, but has a
brattished wall plate. Fittings. C15 fine oak chancel screen of
5 bays, the middle wider, and originally with doors. Brattished
top, panel tracery with crocketed ogees. Donor and wife
represented on central ogee. Restored C15 pulpit, octagonal,
having moulded cornice, and crocketed ogees to the traceried
panels. Good C15 octagonal font with elaborate traceried panels
to bowl and stem, on double stepped plinth. Also part of a C14
font of the former St. Michael's Chapel, Fenne. At the west end
of the nave, on the roof truss, a royal coat of arms in cast
metal. 2 commandment boards on east wall of nave. Monuments.
In chancel 2 mid C19 marble wall plaques in the Greek taste.
Listing NGR: TF3644542544
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Source: English Heritage
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