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Description: Church of St Peter
Date Listed: 6 March 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 223975
OS Grid Reference: TG0378431960
OS Grid Coordinates: 603784, 331960
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8466, 1.0247
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TG 03 SW MELTON CONSTABLE MELTON CONSTABLE PARK
3/63 Church of St. Peter.
Parish church and mausoleum of the Astley family formerly of Melton Constable
Park. Nave, crossing and sanctuary; mausoleum with family tribune above forms
south transept; north transept 1859. Materials, details and plan suggest
pre-1066 date. Conglomerate, flint, stone dressings, tiled roof of c.1900.
Nave west gable with late C19 Romanesque door and 2-light 'Y' tracery window
c.1300 above. Nave south wall with blocked Perpendicular south doorway, nave
north with one round headed lancet deeply splayed internally, one 3-light
Perpendicular window. Crossing tower with quoins, slightly set off belfry
stage with blocked round headed openings and late C19 Romanesque windows,
conical roof. Ground floor one 2-light straight headed Perpendicular window.
Chancel details externally C19, buttresses and 3-light east window. Interior.
Nave with 5 bay Perpendicular arched braced roof with wall posts on stone
corbels, carved bosses at intersections. At east crossing a low rounded arch
supporting at apex a Romanesque window opening with central massive shaft with
two arches under a typanum, all plastered except for stone capital of central
pier, presumably originally matched by other such openings. Within sanctuary
tower one C19 round arch to north, Perpendicular chancel arch to west, Perpen-
dicular details to south including squint. Flat boarded roof. Chancel with
C19 roof with arched braces supported on C19 carved angle corbels. Mid/late
C19 wooden reredos incorporating triptych with grisaille panels on reverse.
Monument 1818 Bacon invenit, Manning fecit. To south recut Easter recess with
1914-1918 memorial. South transept family tribune added c.1681. Panelled
dado and pews. Segmental arched opening to nave, classical details. Stairs
dated 1636. Collection of good C18 family monuments, none signed, and painted
heraldry of Astley family "from Norman Conquest" to present day. Nave north
wall monument J. Bacon sculpt 1807. North window with mostly secular C16 and
C17 glass fragments. Chancel east window with C15 head; north transept with
Crucifixion window 1859. Restored 1885, chancel furnishings and reredos 1903:
Kellv's Directory Norfolk (1916) p.261.
Listing NGR: TG0378431960
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Source: English Heritage
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