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Church of St. Peter, Merton

Description: Church of St. Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 July 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 220075

OS Grid Reference: TL9119298023
OS Grid Coordinates: 591192, 298023
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5465, 0.8183

Location: Merton, Norfolk IP25 6QH

Locality: Merton
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP25 6QH

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Listing Text

TL 99 NW

4/38 Church of St. Peter


Parish church. C12 and C14. Flint, partly rendered with lead nave and pantiled
chancel roofs. West tower, nave, south aisle and chancel. Plain C12 round
tower with 2-light bell openings on central scalloped shafts. One 2-light
window to lower- stage west, and lancet to north and south ringing chamber.
Gabled north porch 1854 with hood mould on head stops. 2 buttresses to nave
with 2 2-light windows above string course. Y tracery with cusped lights
supporting cusped foil. Gabled roof with low parapet. 2 3-light plate
traceried chancel windows in intersecting frame with daggers and pointed
trefoils. Engaged columns with capitals and bases below hood mould on leaf
stops: String course below windows. 2 buttresses at east with 4-light cusped
intersecting window with sexfoiled circle of 1855. South chancel wall as north.
South aisle buttressed. East window of 3 lights intersecting and cusped with
sexfoiled circle over pointed quatrefoils c.1340. Hood mould on head stops.
2 2-light south windows with cusped lights supporting quatrefoil. Gabled south
porch by E.B. Lamb 1856. 3 2-light square-headed clerestory windows with cusped
ogee lights. Interior has south arcade of 4 bays with octagonal piers and
moulded bases and capitals under double waved arches. Low tower arch with
splayed lancet. Chancel arch wave moulded on octagonal responds with
Perpendicular bases. Rood stairs survive. Nave roof of wall posts on corbels
becoming arched braces to principals. Moulded butt purlins and ridge piece.
Boxed in ashlaring. Some C19 timbers. South aisle roof similar. Chancel
roof false hammerbeam of 5 bays. Single butt purlin. Heavy wall plate and
boxed ashlaring. Very fine mid C14 screen. Cusped and sub-cusped central
ogee opening with tracery roundels in spandrels. 2-light panels between stiles
left and right with tracery freize. Single bays to chancel arch. Panelled
lower half and battlemented top rail. Early C17 double decker pulpit, panelled
with carving. Early C17 box pew in aisle. Late C17 balustraded irontwist
altar rail. Stepped sedilia c.1300 with moulded arches on columns with capitals
and bases. Double piscina, under arched head repeating chancel window design.
C15 hexagonal font on tall base, with contemporary cover restored extensively

Listing NGR: TL9119298023

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Source: English Heritage

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