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Church of St Nicholas, Dersingham

Description: Church of St Nicholas

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 June 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 221387

OS Grid Reference: TF6931130386
OS Grid Coordinates: 569311, 330386
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8444, 0.5126

Location: Church Lane, Dersingham, Norfolk PE31 6YW

Locality: Dersingham
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: PE31 6YW

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There is also a scheduled monument, Tithe barn near 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


4/4 Church of St. Nicholas.

- I

Parish church. C14 and C15. Carstone, stone dressings, leaded aisle
roofs, slated nave and chancel. West tower, nave and aisles with clerestorey
and south porch, chancel. Of two major builds, the chancel and nave arcade
of early C14. Decorated nave clerestorey, aisles and west tower early
Perpendicular of c.1370. West tower of 3 stages, rectangular on plan
with moulded plinth of stone, 5-light west window, north and south sides
with single lancets, 4 3-light belfry windows, all Perpendicular. North-
west and south-west buttresses, stone dressed and quoined with 4 set-
offs, north and south buttresses on east face, dressed stone battlemented
parapet with spout heads to each face, 4 C19 standing angels at corners.
At north-east corner a buttressed rectangular stairs tower projection.
6 bay nave and aisles. South aisle with 4 Perpendicular 3-light south
windows and 3-light east and west windows. Mid-late C19 south porch,
2 angle buttresses with 2 set-offs at corners. 6 3-light Perpendicular
clerestorey windows. Sanctus bell-cote and niche over nave east gable.
North aisle 6 bays with corner set-off buttress at north west, 5 square
set buttresses to north face. 3-light Perpendicular west window, north-
west bay blank, reset Decorated north door in next bay, 3 3-light Perpend-
icular north windows, late C19 additional bay at north east with reused
tracery window as vestry. Fine Decorated chancel of 3 bays with 3 2-light
Decorated south windows, 2 with Reticulated tracery, one with simpler
"Y" tracery with trefoils and quatrefoil. South priest's door. At
junction with nave a rectangular traceried panel with 4 quatrefoils, possibly
for external access to sanctus bell above. Fine 5-light Decorated
recticulated tracery east window, all chancel windows have external hood
moulds and head-stops. Interior: 6 bay Decorated nave has octagonal piers
with 8 concave flutes with traceried heads, octagonal bases and capitals,
hood moulds and corbel head stops. Clerestorey above is Perpendicular.
C19 arched braced hammerbeam roof, probably of the £6000 1877-1879
restoration. Decorated tower arch. C14 octagonal stone font with paired
blank traceried arches, wooden font cover with C17 pattern turned balusters
supporting medieval stage with crocketed spirelets, all heavily restored
1914. Re-used bench ends. Fine Decorated chancel arch with head stops,
all chancel windows with internal arches and head stops. Fine Decorated
piscina and sedilia under one common straight hood mould; with stops,
detached shafts with bases and heads with foliage decoration, 4 cinquefoil
arches, trefoils in spandrels, deeply-cut details. 7-light Perpendicular
rood screen late C14 with figures surviving on north side only : S. Agatha,
S. Denys, S. Agnes, S. Hubert, S. Martha and a coped and mitred bishop,
perhaps Simon of Sudbury (obit 1381) Archbishop of Canterbury. Chancel
north side has early C17 classical table tomb monument of the Peel family.
Chancel south side had good C18 wall monuments. South aisle east end
has deep squint looking into chancel and on south side a good C14 Decorated
ogee framed cinquefoil headed piscina with credence shelf surviving.
See W.P. Tippen, A Short History of St. Nicholas Church, Dersingham, Norfolk
(Ramsgate 1958).

Listing NGR: TF6931130386

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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