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Church of St Mary, Sedgeford

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 June 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 221269

OS Grid Reference: TF7072036483
OS Grid Coordinates: 570720, 336483
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8987, 0.5367

Location: Goodminns, Sedgeford, Norfolk PE36 5NA

Locality: Sedgeford
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE36 5NA

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Listing Text


5/87 Church of St. Mary.
- I

Parish church. C12 west tower, c.1300 nave and aisles, C15 clerestorey,
c.1300 chancel, C14 south transept. Flint with stone dressings, clunch rubble
and stone dressings to chancel, slated nave and porch roofs, leaded aisle
and chancel roofs. West tower, nave and aisles, north and south porches,
south transept. Round tower at west enclosed at ground level by west bays
of aisles and above aisle roof level by north and south lean-to projections
of carstone and flint with tiled roofs, c.1900. Exposed section of the lower
tower has 2-light C19 Decorated west window with triangular headed, perhaps
C12, opening above and Decorated quatrefoil opening; above, the fully exposed
round section has c.1300 octagonal belfry stage with stone corbelling out
table, stone quoins and 4 2-light "Y"-tracery windows, parapet and weather
vane. North aisle with one east and west and 3 north straight headed 3-light
Decorated windows, and at north east one contemporary c.1300 2-light ogee
headed window with drip mould. North porch C14 with large stilted Decorated
entrance arch, segmental triangular traceried openings on east and west
returns, arch and panelled doors of c.1840. South aisle with one west and
3 south straight headed Decorated windows, south porch with same details
as north. Fine 6 bay Perpendicular clerestorey squared, knapped flint, with
stone dressings and voussoirs to 4 centred 3 light tracery windows. South
transept C14 with,on west return, one 2-light c.1300 ogee headed window
as on north aisle, 3-light C19 south window and 2 2-light Curvilinear north
windows. Chancel truncated in late C18 with perhaps re-used details : on
north single lancet of c.1300 and one 2-light Early English window with
central shaft, foliage capitals with arch, sub arch and super arch. South
side one 2-light early Decorated tracery window, c.1300 priest's door; east
gable and 3-light mid C19 window. Interior : fine 6 bay north and south
nave arcade c.1300 with round piers, except for one octagonal on north, abacus
moulded bases and capitals, and double chamfered arches. The line of the
arches is continued as a blank arch across the squared up base of the tower
in the westerly bays of the aisles. East face of tower has Decorated-Per-
pendicular west arch with blocked C12 tower chamber door above. Perpendicular
clerestorey,with window south west corner blocked by roof pitch of south
transept. C19 arched braced roof, aisle roofs and wooden screens across
west aisle bays, both c.1840. South transept addition at east end of south
aisle with cross arch thrown across. Heightened C15 roof added after the
building of the nave clerestorey, arched braces forming rounded arches, no
collar beam, wallposts resting on c.1840 plaster corbel heads,(those to aisles
are replaced by later C19 stone heads, and now decorate the aisle window
sills). Semi-octagonal Perpendicular rood stairs with door and large tracery
headed niche at junction of chancel and south transept. East bay of north
aisle has cross arch presumably intended for a north transept either not
built or later demolished. Chancel: Decorated-Perpendicular arch, c.1840
rood screen and arched braced roof. On south side partly exposed arch of
blocked c.1300 south window. Furnishings : C13 square Purbeck marble font
with blank arcading on 4 recut octagonal piers. Nave spandrels with c.1300
red foliage and ashlar jointing painting, south aisle with consecration
crosses and c.1360 St. Christopher.

Listing NGR: TF7072036483

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Source: English Heritage

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