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Church of St Germans, Wiggenhall St Germans

Description: Church of St Germans

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 221358

OS Grid Reference: TF5969314015
OS Grid Coordinates: 559693, 314015
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7003, 0.3619

Location: Lynn Road, Wiggenhall St Germans, Norfolk PE34 3DW

Locality: Wiggenhall St Germans
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE34 3DW

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Listing Text


12/26 Church of St. Germans

- I

Parish church. C13 west tower with C15 top, C15 nave, aisles and chancel, late
C14 eastern extensions to aisles to form chancel chapels. Ashlar, carstone
and brick. 3 stage tower supported by 2 western C19 flat buttresses. C19 2-
light Y west window below fragment of lancet head. Lancets to 3 exposed sides
of first 2 stages, that to lower south blocked. 2-light trefoiled belfry
windows under 4-centred arch and stepped crenellations to parapet with carving.
Corner pinnacles. South aisle with diagonal west buttresses and flat buttress
augmented by 2 massive sloping brick C18 buttresses on south wall. 3 2-light
windows under 4-centred arches. C16 brick south porch with diagonal buttresses
and wide arch below gable. Octagonal turrets stand on shoulders of gable,
crowning turret truncated. Arched 2-light side windows. 4 3-light clerestory
windows with ogee lights between rising mullions under basket arches. Setback
buttresses to chancel chapel and flat flanking buttress. 2 3-light Perpendicular
windows south one east. 4-light restored Perpendicular east window. North
chancel chapel extends to east wall : 3-light early C19 east window above door.
Diagonal buttress. 3 2-light side windows similar. Continuous with north nave
aisle : flat buttresses with 2 2-light windows and north door. Heavy brick
repairs to west end. In third nave aisle bay a deeply undercut and scrolled
external wall monument dated 1703. Interior. 4 bay arcade of quatrefoil piers
with fillets between lobes on polygonal bases supporting polygonal capitals
and double hollow chamfered arches. Clerestory windows over apices of arches.
Tower arch has demi-octagonal responds, double chamfered arch and roll moulded
and dog-tooth hood. Wave moulded chancel arch on semi-circular responds. Queen
post nave roof : moulded ties on arched braces to wall posts; moulded queen
posts, principals and butt purlins. Ridge piece. Gabled north aisle roof
largely C19. Rood stairs entered through ogeed shouldered arch. 2 bay arcade
to chancel chapels as nave but with octagonal piers. Chancel roof C19. C17
dado panelling to east wall. Pulpit 1631 : hexagonal with panels of geometric
carving. Early C17 reading desk with arched panel and scrolled brackets
supporting platform and 2 turned balusters to side wings. 28 nave benches of
c.1500 : pierced backs of various geometric patterns with carved bench ends
with poppyheads, animal or figurative arm rests and carved figures in niches
to side panels. North aisle arm rests depict scenes from life of St. Germans.
Font 1851. Bowl and stem of second font of C14 with tracery panels.

Listing NGR: TF5969314015

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Source: English Heritage

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