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Church of St Mary, Beeston with Bittering

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 30 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220458

OS Grid Reference: TF8939015289
OS Grid Coordinates: 589390, 315289
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7021, 0.8016

Location: Church Road, Beeston, Norfolk PE32 2LY

Locality: Beeston with Bittering
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE32 2LY

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Listing Text


6/3 Church of St.Mary
- I

Parish church. C13 to C15. Flint with ashlar dressings and slate and lead
roofs. West tower, 4-bay aisled nave with north porch and chancel. Late
C13 west tower heightened in C15 with diagonal buttresses and clasped by
aisles. 2-light Y-traceried west window and former bell-openings. Present
bell stage C15 with 2-light Perpendicular openings, crenellated parapet and
octagonal spire of 1873 with banded slate covering. Nave C14 heightened
in C15. Moulded doorways to north and south with filletted rolls. 8 aisle
windows (blocked to south west)eathd 2 lights in Decorated style with central
soufflet filled with pair of mouchettes and dagger. Eastern aisle windows
of 3 lights in similar style with 3 soufflets. 6 former quatrefoil clear-
storey windows replaced by 3-light Perpendicular windows with 4-centred arches.
One similar east gable window. C14 chancel with very fine 5-light reticulated
east window. 3 contemporary 2-light windows to sides (2 to north) with
Priest's door and former vestry to south. C14 nortli porch with diagonal but-
tresses and chequered flushwork to facade. Moulded entrance arch with
filletted half-shafts. INTERIOR. Small C13 tower arch with roofline to
former church above. C14 filletted quatrefoil nave piers with intermediate
filletted rolls, polygonal capitals and bases. C15 hammerbeam nave and north
aisle roofs with carved figures beneath nodding ogees on wall posts. These
are supported by algels. with shields to aisle. Arched wall braces, inter-
mediate hammers with carved figures above windows and traceried spandrels.
Aisle chapels with piscinas and two complete parclose screens with intricate
tracery and crocketted ogee arches to north. C15 chancel screen with remains
of painted dado panels. C14 chancel arch. 2-bay C17 arch braced chancel
roof with wind bracing. Complete set of in situ C15 nave benches with carved
poppy heads and arm rests and traceried backs. Blind arcading to front bench
with different form of flamboyant tracery to each of 8 arches. Western
benches splayed out to accommodate plain C14 octagonal font on original
pedestal and with contemporary conical cover with crocketted angles. Painted
quatrefoil above tower arch~and some painted consecration crosses. C17
painted strapwork volutes above tower arch. Several surviving medieval
floor tiles in aisles and on font pedestal. Fragments of medieval stained
glass in east window. Pulpit of 1592.

Listing NGR: TF8939015289

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Source: English Heritage

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