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Church of St Mary, Lynford

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 220981

OS Grid Reference: TL8360392898
OS Grid Coordinates: 583603, 292898
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5031, 0.7036

Location: Lynford, Norfolk IP26 5EW

Locality: Lynford
Local Authority: Breckland District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP26 5EW

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There is also a scheduled monument, Caston Hall, site of, 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


8/34 Church of St.Mary

Disused church. Medieval tower and nave; chancel and south chapel of
c.1850 designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin for the Rev. Augustus Sutton. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. Decorative plaintile roofs with traceried ridge tiles. West tower; nave with south porch, north aisle and south
transept; chancel with vestry to north. C15 west tower with diagonal
buttresses. Flushwork decoration on buttresses and plinth. Plinth with
the names of benefactors carved in raised gothic lettering. 2-light panel-
traceried west window. 2-light bell-openings beneath 4-centred arches.
Crenellated parapet with crocketted corner pinnacles. Nave and north aisle
heavily restored including refacing and new tracery. North aisle with double
pitched roof and 5 2-light windows and one 3-light window in Decorated style.
South wall with 3 2-light Y-traceried windows. South porch and doorway
in C14 style. South chapel with an arched tomb recess below. East wall
with a small lancet cutting into angle between chapel and chancel. Chancel
taller than nave with a Sanctus bell cote on gable. Gabled buttresses.
3 2-light south windows in Decorated style, a 5-light east window in similar
style and 3 similar 2-light windows to north. Vestry incorporates a
picturesque timber framed stair turret leading to organ loft. Interior.
Plain chamfered tower arch supported on carved angels. Early C14 4-bay
arcade with quatrefoil piers supporting hollow-chamfered arches of 2 orders.
2 C19 crossing arches in C14 manner: to west with wave moulding and more
elaborate to east with filletted shafts to responds and deep arch mouldings.
South chapel with elaborate tomb canopy in memory of Mary Sutton. Painted
stone and 6 marble shafts supporting tri-lobe arches with crocketted gables.
Cusped angle piscina in nave. Painted parclose screen in north aisle with
tracery in late-Medieval style;the sanctuary has an elaborate C14 cusped
tomb recess. Chancel screen with tracery, painting and rood loft. Some
remaining choir stalls in chancel and a wooden triple sedilia. Cusped
piscina. Very elaborate stone and marble reredos with carved figures beneath
canopies. Fine encaustic tiles. Cantilevered organist's balcony with
painted figures (organ removed). Painted chancel roof. C14 octagonal font
with angel corbels. Stained glass by Hardman. B. Haward, C19 Norfolk
Stained Glass, 1984. This building is situated in the Stanford Battle Area.

Listing NGR: TL8360392898

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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