Church of St Mary, Wimbotsham
Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 9 July 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 221470
OS Grid Reference: TF6223704892
OS Grid Coordinates: 562237, 304892
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6176, 0.3950
Location: Church Road, Wimbotsham, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE34 3QG
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TF 60 SW WIMBOTSHAM CHURCH STREET
5/24 Church of St Mary
Parish church. C12, some late C13 work, tower documented 1500, bells hung
1525, chancel demolished and rebuilt with apse 1853-54 when whole church
restored. Carstone with ashlar quoins and slate roofs, corrugated tiles to
south nave. 3 stage west tower with diagonal buttresses interrupted to east
by nave. Stair turret at south-west corner to ringing chamber. 3-light 2-
centred depressed arch west window. Lancet to ringing chamber and plain 2-
light belfry openings under squared hood. Nave walls raised 1854. South nave
with 4 windows : 2 restored trefoil lancets; one restored 3-light mid C14
reticulated; one late C13 2-light plate tracery window of 2 pointed lights
supporting quatrefoil. Chancel with 3 side lancets to south but one in north
to facilitate lean-to vestry with similar fenestration. Corbel tables re-used
C12 work. 3 bay apse of similar design with C19 corbel table. North nave
with 2 or 3-light renewed Perpendicular windows. Gabled north porch with angle
buttresses. South and north doors late C12. South: 2 orders of shafts, one
circular with cable decoration, the other octagonal with chevrons; incised
scalloped capitals support roll moulded square imposts and multiple arch with
cable, zig-zag and double billet decoration. North of one order of columns
below cushion capitals, square door imposts and arch decorated with roll, double
billet and cable motifs. Interior. Tall tower arch with hollow and straight
chamfers. Panelled scissor braced nave roof. Variety of poppy head benches
with figurative or animal arm rests carved by James Rattee in 1854. Renewed
C19 angle piscina on south nave wall with stiff leaf beside bench sedilia.
C12 chancel arch : semi-circular arch with double roll moulding. 2 orders
of columns west and one east, all with cushion capitals. Apse stone vaulted
with elaborate window spays utilising marble colmns. Apse arch with chevron
and beakhead decoration.
Listing NGR: TF6223704892
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