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Description: Church of St Bartholomew
Date Listed: 30 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220462
OS Grid Reference: TF9507221492
OS Grid Coordinates: 595072, 321492
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7558, 0.8893
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TF 92 SE BRISLEY ELMHAM ROAD
5/7 Church of St.
Parish church. Mainly C15. Flint with ashlar dressings and rendered south
aisle. Modern concrete tiled roofs. West tower, aisled nave of 5 bays
with north porch and chancel with crypt. C15 west tower. Diagonal
buttresses with blind arcading and flushwork plinth. Moulded west door
with filletted rolls and 2 pairs of very thin shafts. Traceried spandrels
and large 4-light Perpendicular window above. Rectangular traceried sound
holes. Tall 2-light bell openings with median transoms. Decorative
crenellated parapet with angle pinnacles. Canted stair turret to south.
2-light Perpendicular aisle windows with embattled transoms. Similar 3-
light eastern aisle windows. 10 late Perpendicular square-headed 2-light
clearstorey windows beneath brick and flint relieving arches. 4 3-light
side chancel windows to north in Decorated style,with pairs of mouchettes
and central daggers,and to south in Perpendicular style. Fine 5-light east
window subdivided into 2, one and 2 lights. Embattled transoms and mouchette
and dagger motifs. Chancel gable rebuilt with brick tumbling-in. INTERIOR.
Octagonal nave piers, with tall bases, moulded capitals and arches of 2 plain
chamfered orders. Very tall tower arch with 2 pairs of half shafts and
wide, shallow mouldings. Wave moulded 4-centred chancel arch on half shafts.
Piscina in south aisle. Very fine Decorated and Perpendicular triple
sedilia-cum-piscina with cusped and crocketted ogee arches with fleurons
on quatrefoil supports yet panel traceried spandrels with an embattled top
course. Finely carved label stops. Steps to crypt in north wall with carved
head label stops to entrance which has original door with decorative ironwork.
Small unvaulted crypt with 3 narrow splayed windows and a 4th blocked open-
ing to south with rebate and hinge mortices in wooden frame for former cup-
board doors. Restored C15 chancel screen. C15 aisle. roofs with roll-moulded
wall plates, principal rafters and butt purlins. Nave roof retains some
sections of original moulded wall plate. Original wall posts, perhaps,in
chancel with arch bracing and truncated ties. Impressive 3-decker pulpit
of C15, C17 and C18 dates. Lower part C15 with poppy head pew ends, middle
storey C17 with panelling and continuous bracketted lectern shelf. C15
top storey - hexagonal with blind traceried panels and C17 carved lectern
shelf with guilloche moulding on carved brackets. Original hexagonal stem
and an C18 pine tester with raised and fielded panels and a scrolled iron
supporting bar. Fine C15 pews with carved poppy heads and animal arm rests.
Linenfold panelling to front pew south probably C16. Some pierced traceried
backs of differing designs. Book cupboard in front pew north. Post-medieval
box pews in positions of former aisle altars with carved lunette frieze
to north and to south, dated 1590, a fluted frieze and door with cock's
head hinges. Fragments of wall painting include 2 Saint Christophers
and a consecration cross.
Listing NGR: TF9507221492
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