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Church of St Mary, Sporle with Palgrave

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220943

OS Grid Reference: TF8499711462
OS Grid Coordinates: 584997, 311462
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6693, 0.7345

Location: The Street, Sporle, Norfolk PE32 2DR

Locality: Sporle with Palgrave
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE32 2DR

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Listing Text


4/40 5/40 Church of St.Mary

- I

Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. West tower; Aisled nave; chancel flanked by extension of north
aisle. C13/C14 west tower with angle buttresses and a rectangular stair
projection to south east. C13 west door with 3 pairs of shafts supporting
deeply cut mouldings. Niche above with foiled arch beneath a triangular hood
mould with carved head label stops. Roof line pertaining to a former west
porch. Plain lancet to south. 2-light cusped Y-traceried west window at
first floor. Fine 2-light cusped Y-traceried bell openings. Crenellated
parapet with blind tracery and corner finals. North aisle with blocked C13
north door on a pair of shafts now missing and within a rectangular hood mould
forming spandrels. Late-Medieval 3-light west window. 2 3-light
Perpendicular windows in angular style, one re-set C14 3-light reticulated
window (probably in the position of a former chapel) and 3 3-light C19 windows
in imitation of angular Perpendicular windows. South with 4 3-light angular
Perpendicular windows and one C14 wave-moulded doorway of 2 orders. 10 late-
Medieval 2-light clearstorey windows. C13 chancel with a rebuilt south wall
incorporating a priest's doorway and 3-light window without tracery. Very
unusual C13 east window consisting of 3 lancets with an octofoil above, the
whole within a moulded containing arch. Interior. Tower arch of 2 plain
chamfered orders without responds. Damaged C14 stoup in south respond with
broken tracery. 4-bay early C14 arcades of quatrefoil piers with intermediate
fillets supporting plain chamfered arches of 2 orders. Easternmost bay lower
and divided from main arcade. by an area of blank wall suggesting a former
transeptal arrangement. Double-ogee and plain chamfered chancel arch on semi-
circular responds. Chancel with 2-bay north arcade of rebuilt quatrefoil
pier with responds supporting hollow chamfered arches. East window with
moulded scoinson arch flanked by 2 small C13 niches with blind quatrefoils.
Nave has a restored C15. arch braced roof with short king posts onto collars.
Former rood stair to south now leads to a projecting C19 pulpit in Decorated
style. C14 piscina beneath an ogee arch in south aisle. Remains of C15
parclose screen and a late-Medieval cyclical wall painting in south aisle.
C13 octagonal Purbeck marble font with shallow blank arcading. Supported
on 9 limestone shafts without articulation on a tall octagonal plinth with
4 flights of steps.

Listing NGR: TF8499711462

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Source: English Heritage

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