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Church of St George, South Acre

Description: Church of St George

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220938

OS Grid Reference: TF8099914318
OS Grid Coordinates: 580999, 314318
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6963, 0.6770

Location: S Acre Road, South Acre, Norfolk PE32 2AD

Locality: South Acre
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE32 2AD

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There is also a scheduled monument, Churchyard Cross, St George's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


4/35 Church of St.George


Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. Pantile roofs. West tower; nave with north aisle and north porch;
chancel with continuation of north aisle forming a funerary chapel. C15 west
tower with diagonal buttresses. Large 3-light panel-traceried west window
with a 4-centred doorway below. Spandrels with blind tracery and a cusped
hood mould. Harsyke family heraldic shields above doorway. 2-light cusped
Y-traceried bell openings with 4-centred heads. Crenellated parapet. Wave-
moulded nave south doorway. A 2-light window above in Decorated style with
soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch. 2 panel-traceried 3-light windows beneath
4-centred arches. 2 2-light and one 3-light windows beneath flat heads with
rectangular hood moulds. North aisle with 2 2-light and one 3-light windows
beneath flat heads with rectangular hood moulds. C14 doorway of 2 wave-
moulded orders beneath a hood mould with carved head label stops. 4-centred
double-ogee mouldedporch entrance arch with aniche to side and an ogee headed
niche above. Single light cusped side windows. Priest's doorway hollow-
chamfered with a hood mould. East and west aisle windows each of 3 cusped
lights beneath segmental arches. 3 3-light uncusped clearstorey windows.
Chancel with a fine late-Medieval east window of 4 Y-traceried lights beneath
a very shallow 4-centred arch. 2 2-light south windows - flat headed to west,
with soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch to each. Interior. 3-bay main arcade
with 2 C14 or C15 bays on octagonal pier and polygonal responds supporting
arches of 2 chamfered orders. C14 westernmost bay of 2 wave moulded orders
on filletted semicircular responds. Identical arch between chancel and north
aisle. Tall tower arch of 4 chamfered orders without responds. Chancel arch _
of 2 hollow chamfered orders on polygonal responds. Restored hammerbeam nave
roof with moulded principals and purlins and carved bosses. C15 arch-braced
aisle roof with embattled wall plate. Heavily restored arch-braced chancel
roof. Chancel piscina with credence shelf beneath a cusped arch. C12 font
consisting of 3 shafts around a circular central pier supporting cushion
capitals emerging from a square section bowl. Very tall C15 font cover mostly
a C20 replica. 5 bays of a former chancel screen re-set beneath tower arch.
Extremely eleaborate flamboyant tracery with reticulated motifs, fleurons
and ogee arches with differing leaf carvings to each bay and turned shafts.
Late-Medieval benches with embattled backs poppy head ends and 8 damaged
carved arm rests representing lions. 3 late-Medieval brasses, of particular
note in north chapel representing Sir John Harskye and his wife Katherine.
In north aisle effigy of an unknown knight with crossed legs his feet resting
on a lion. C17 marble and alabaster monument to Sir Edward Barkham and his
wife of exceptional quality with 2 full size effigies on a sarcophagus with
Tuscan columns and weepers. Overmantel with heraldic aedicule flanked by
a pair of carved statues representing Victory and Death. Winged hourglass
to extremities. C13 and C14 glass fragments in north chapel. The chapel
is divided from the north aisle by fine C17 wrought iron railings.

Listing NGR: TF8099914318

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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