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Church of All Saints, Swanton Morley

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 30 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220784

OS Grid Reference: TG0195717357
OS Grid Coordinates: 601957, 317357
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7162, 0.9886

Location: Mill Street, Swanton Morley, Norfolk NR20 4QB

Locality: Swanton Morley
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR20 4QB

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Listing Text

(south-east side)

4/37 Church of All Saints

- I

Parish church. Begun before 1379 when a bequest was made to the rebuilding
of the church. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. West tower flanked
by aisles; aisled nave with south porch; chancel with rib-vaulted crypt
beneath eastern part and modern vestry to north. Lower stages of tower with
western angle buttresses infilled with diagonal sections of walling, providing
space for a stair to south. Elaborate plinth with flushwork and blind quatre-
foils covering also western ends of aisles. Moulded 2-centred west doorway
with a 3-light traceried window above with embattled transom. Upper 2 stages
of tower probably C15 with diagonal buttresses, sound holes with reticulated
tracery and very large 4-light bell openings with Perpendicular tracery.
Crenellated parapet with flushwork. 8 exceptional very tall early
Perpendicular 3-light aisle windows with flat heads beneath relieving arches.
Embattled transoms at mid height, panel traceried heads, quatrefoil spandrels
and elaborate cusping. West aisle windows similar but with arched heads.
East aisle windows of 4 lights especially close in design to some of the choir
clearstorey windows of Norwich Cathedral (c.1370). 6 3-light plainly traceried
chancel windows with a 5-light east window. Priest's doorway to south. 8
quatrefoil clearstorey windows and a 3-light traceried window in eastern nave
gable. Moulded north and south doorways with floral carvings. C15 south
porch with original roof timbers. Interior. 3 deeply moulded tower arches
on semicircular responds. Contemporary chancel arch. 4-bay arcade supported
on slender piers with opposing semicircular responds on the east/west axis
and uninterrupted continuation of arch mouldings on the north and south sides.
Arch braced nave roof with moulded wall plate and alternate wall posts.
Restored hammerbeam chancel roof. Arch braced aisle roofs originally double
pitched, but now lean-to after replacement of common rafters. Rustic, probably
post-Medieval, seating with shaped bench ends. Plain octagonal font.

Listing NGR: TG0195717357

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Source: English Heritage

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