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Church of St George, Methwold

Description: Church of St George

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 July 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 221774

OS Grid Reference: TL7323794827
OS Grid Coordinates: 573237, 294827
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5238, 0.5521

Location: Crown Street, Methwold, Norfolk IP26 4NR

Locality: Methwold
Local Authority: King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP26 4NR

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Listing Text

TL 7394
(north side)
21/31 Church of St. George
G.V. I
Parish church. C14 chancel, C15 west steeple, nave and aisles. Flint and
clunch with ashlar dressings. Slate roofs. 3 stage tower with stepped angle
buttresses. Arched west door under square hood, the spandrels decorated with
shields. 4-light Perpendicular window above. Ringing chamber lit through
lancets, the south side with clock face inscribed Man Know Thyself. Set-back
belfry stage with 2-light reticulated and louvred windows. Crenellated
parapet with corner pinnacles. 4 stage octagonal turret rises from tower
to support spire : blank lower stage; 3 bay arcade of cusped arches; third
stage as second but with centre bays on each facet open and louvred; 3 bay
open parapet. Thin triangular buttresses at corners of each face. Octagonal
crocketed spire. Aisles supported by angle buttresses to west, otherwise
flat. 3-light panelled west windows. Gabled south porch with parapet and
diagonal buttresses. Plinth course and wave moulded entrance arch. 2-light
ogeed and cusped side windows under square hoods. In gable head a wall
sundial dated 1721. Holy water stoup to right of entrance. 3 3-light aisle
windows with ogee lights below panel tracery. Rebuilt brick parapet. North
aisle illuminated by 3 3-light arched windows with transoms. Arched priests'
door and parapet. Clerestory of 4 3-light basket-arched windows under brick
relieving arches. Rebuilt brick parapet and 3 figurative gargoyles to south.
3 animal gargoyles to north. Repaired bellcote at south-east of nave. 2
2-light south chancel windows under depressed 4-centred arches. Arched
priests' door. Angle buttresses to east, flat to flanks. 3-light C14 petal
tracery east window. One 2-light window to north. Interior. 4 bay arcade
of lozenge piers set on high bases leading into continuous roll and hollow
arches. East and west reponds enlivened by figurative capitals. Clerestory
windows over apexes of arches. Tall tower arch of similar type. C14 double
chamfered chancel arch. C15 nave roof of alternate tie and hammer beams.
The ties are on arched braces dropping on wall posts to head corbels and have
spandrels pierced with panel tracery. Tie beams are decorated with shields,
angels, billet moulding and shielded cresting and carry Queen posts and
subsidiary cinquefoiled pierced panels to moulded principals. Hammer beams
in form of full length flight of carved angels (that to south-west in mining)
which carry moulded arched braces to principals. 1 tier moulded butt purlins
and ridge piece. Aisle roofs of arched braces on wall posts and head corbels.
Moulded principals and one tier butt purlins. Boarded C19 chancel roof :
arched braces drop to head corbels. 2 pairs of C15 poppyhead bench ends.
Cusped ogee piscina. Rood screen 1909. Brass to Sir Adam de Clifton 1367
: full length figure in chequered armour below cusped and sub-cusped canopy.

Listing NGR: TL7323794827

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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