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Church of St Andrew, Northwold

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 221665

OS Grid Reference: TL7558197006
OS Grid Coordinates: 575581, 297006
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5426, 0.5878

Locality: Northwold
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP26 5LA

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Listing Text

TL 7596 (north side)

15/10 Church of St. Andrew


G.V. I

Parish church. C13 nave and aisles, C14 chancel partly rebuilt 1840, enlarged
1895, late C15 west tower. Flint, rendered to nave and aisles, with ashlar
dressings. Copper sheet roofs. 4 stage tower with flushwork diagonal
buttresses. Plinth with flushwork route tournant motifs. Moulded west door
within square surround below frieze of letters and symbols. 3-light west
window with hood mould continuing as string course. Further string courses
at each storey. Single lancets to ringing chamber. Blank third storey. 3-
light belfry windows. Flushwork crenellated parapet with 8 crocketed finials
and gargoyles. Aisles with low angle buttresses. South aisle west window
C19 of 3-light mouchette type. South porch entrance of continuous double sunk
quadrant mouldings. Crenellated parapet with gable projecting and rendered
quoining. Inner south door mouldings of C13 and deeply undercut. 3 further
C19 3-light Decorated windows to aisle. Aisles and clerestory with crenellated
parapets. 4 4-centred 3-light clerestory windows of C15 with flushwork
relieving arches. Each window separated by 3-light cusped blind window with
transom and square head. Over west window of south clerestory a memorial
frieze of lettering : PRAY FOR THE SOLE (SIC) OF JOHN STERLING. 2 3-light
Perpendicular south chancel windows : angle buttresses to east and 5-light
restored reticulated east window. Crenellated north vestry originally of 2
storeys but altered C19 : 3-light intersecting east window, blocked upper
cusped lancet to north, lancet and arched door to west and C19 stack. 2 3-
light reticulated north chancel windows. North nave aisle and clerestory as
south but without porch or inscription. INTERIOR. 4 bay C13 arcade of quatre-
foil piers with fillets to east and west lobes. Waterholding bases on square
plinths lugged with animal, figurative or foliage carving. 4 capitals with
fine stiff-leaf carving, remainder moulded. West bay of early C14. Hollow
chamfered tower arch and wave moulded chancel arch, both with semi-circular
responds and polygonal capitals. Nave roof alternates between hammerbeams
and arched braces to principals, the latter dropping on wall posts to corbels
carved as angels, animals or grotesques. Wall plate with decorated cornice
and shields in frieze. Moulded principals, one tier butt purlins and ridge
piece. Deeply carved font of 1882 and cover of 1887. C19 chancel roof of
moulded principals on arched braces, one tier butt purlins and ridge piece.
Timber plaque in nave to Robert Burhill 1727 : painted cherubs, swags and
momento mori. Ashlar plaque to Ann Gordon 1732 : inscription panel framed
by elaborate carving of putti, swags and blank achievement. Late C15 Easter
sepulchre. Tomb chest in 3 parts : plain plinth; base with arcade of paired
arches separated by quatrefoils; frieze of 4 sleeping soldiers and 3 stylised
trees. From plinth the composition framed by buttresses elaborated with
niches, vaulting, subsidiary stepped buttresses and crockets. Rear wall richly
panelled and cusped and with minor lierne vaulting at mid point. Engaged
shafts rise through the vaulting to terminate in 3 pendant canopies themselves
distinguished by most complicated system of lierne tierceron, double-bay, star
and fan vaults. Upper parts of canopies pierced by panel tracery. This
sepulchre is one of the most elaborate and important late examples in the

Listing NGR: TL7558197006

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Source: English Heritage

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