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Church of All Saints, Mattishall

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 30 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220846

OS Grid Reference: TG0533911066
OS Grid Coordinates: 605339, 311066
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6584, 1.0347

Location: 11 Dereham Road, Mattishall, Norfolk NR20 3QF

Locality: Mattishall
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR20 3QF

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Listing Text

TG 0511
12/54 Church of All Saints

Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. Lead roofs. West tower; aisled nave with north and south porches;
chancel with south chapel. Late C14 west tower. Angle buttresses with
gabled copings becoming diagonal buttresses at bell stage. Moulded west door-
way with a large 3-light window above with embattled transom. Narrow cross
loops at intermediate stage and an east window just above nave roof ridge.
2-light bell openings with super mullions flanking the soufflets. Crenellated
parapet with blind tracery and crocketted corner pinnacles. Short leaded
spire with cupola and weather vane dated 1640. Pair of 2-light Decorated
west windows to aisles. 3 restored 3-light Perpendicular windows to south
and 3 Perpendicular 3-light windows to north, 2 beneath 4-centred arches
and one beneath a 3-centred arch. 3-light north aisle east window in
Decorated style with extravagant mouchettes. North porch with blocked
entrance, 2-light traceried side windows, diagonal buttresses with flushwork,
3 statue niches above entrance with double and triple ogee arches, carved
angels to entrance spandrels and crenellated parapet with flushwork. Heavily
restored south porch. Polygonal angle buttresses with crocketted cupolas,
renewed flushwork and a niche above entrance. 9 2-light clearstorey windows
(including one in east gable) with restored tracery. Chancel south chapel
of galletted flint with 3 3-light Perpendicular windows and a priest's door.
3 3-light Perpendicular chancel windows with exceptionally narrow tracery
bars. Embattled transoms to central lights. Restored 5-light Perpendicular
east window. 4-bay arcades with narrower westernmost bay. Narrow
Perpendicular piers with opposing half shafts to east and west applied to
a narrow section of projecting masonry which carries uninterrupted the outer
orders of the arcades Shallow arch mouldings, tall facetted bases and poly-
gonal bell capitals. Massive moulded tower arch with a pair of semicircular
responds. Chancel arch in the same manner as the arcades. Aisle walls with
plain-chamfered interconnecting rere-arches. South aisle roof mainly
Victorian but retains some mutilated Medieval wall post carvings and 4 carved
stone wall post corbels. Late Medieval hammerbeam roof to nave. The hammers
are finely carved, representing angels, saints and possibly donors. All
the heads and some figures are renewed. The hammers support arched braces
rather than struts. Arched braces also across the ridge. Single set of
moulded butt-purlins and a moulded ridge piece. Common rafters boarded over
in 3 easternmost bays with 2 surviving painted scenes. 4 arch braced ties,
dated in paintwork to 1617, inserted. Ogee moulded chamfers and painted
geometric patterns. North aisle roof contemporary with nave roof with
similar, yet mutilated, carvings. Chancel south chapel with a 3-centred
moulded arch to west and an exceedingly wide 3-centred arch to north. Rere-
arches with shafts on south wall. Simple piscina. Chancel with cusped
piscina. Surviving dado panels to chancel screen with very elaborate blind
tracery and a pair ofpainted saints to each panel. Partially renewed screen
to south chapel. C18 or C19 polygonal - pulpit in Jacobean style with a tester
decorated with marquetry.

Listing NGR: TG0533911066

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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