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Church of St Mary, Worstead

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 April 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 224194

OS Grid Reference: TG3020026059
OS Grid Coordinates: 630200, 326059
Latitude/Longitude: 52.7830, 1.4121

Location: Ruin Road, Worstead, Norfolk NR28 9AL

Locality: Worstead
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR28 9AL

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Listing Text

TG 3026
9/48 Church of St.Mary

- I

Parish church. Medieval. Flint and stone, lead roof. West tower, nave,
north and south aisles, south porch, chancel, vestry. 4 stage embattled west
tower of flint; setback buttresses. Flushwork basecourse of cusped arches;
stone frieze above of quatrefoil relief, then cusped intersecting blind arcade
of flushwork. West door with encircled quatrefoil roundels in the spandrels,
niches to each side; castellated label forms sill to west window of 4 lights,
Decorated, mostly C19. Square lights with tracery to ringing chamber, hood
mould over; clock now to east face. 2-light windows with panel tracery to
bell-openings, ballflowers in one order; continuous hood mould. Stone
battlements with quatrefoil and cusped arches in relief. Gargoyles.
Buttressed nave of 5 bays; basecourse pattern repeated as tower; 3-light
windows with panel tracery; angle buttresses with flushwork. Flushwork
parapet. North doorway with traceried spandrels. Exterior rood stair to
north with flushwork. Clerestorey of 2 3-light windows under 4-centred arches
to each bay. Flying buttresses to 2 easternmost bays. Sixth aisle bays form
chapels. East window of south chapel with 4-centred arch. Chancel of 2 bays
without decorative base as nave and tower; window, C19, of 3 lights. 5-light
east window with reticulated tracery; brick voussoirs. Buttressed vestry
of 2 storeys to east end of north aisle chapel. Flushwork base, single light
windows to ground floor; 3-light window under 4-centred arch to east. South
porch of 2 storeys to second nave bay. South west stair turret, stonework
much repaired. Flushwork to south face and angle buttresses. Tierceron star
vault to ground floor; doorway to nave with fleurons in 2 orders of jamb and
arch. Interior. C14 nave arcades with octagonal piers and hollow-chamfered
arches. Angel corbels with shields to hammerbeam roof with tracery in the
spandrels, much restored in 1899. Line of previous roof visible above tower
arch. Aisles with arch-braced roofs with tracery in the spandrels. West
tower arch of clustered shafts with hollows. Octagonal shafts to chancel
arch. Chancel with arch-braced roof. Stone altar, reredos and altar rails
all added in 1840's. Figure brass of 1391. Rood screen dated 1512, upper
parts much restored. Rood beam removed in 1809. Screens to chapels much
restored. Tower screen dated 1501, with lower parts repainted in 1831. Screen
supports ringers gallery. Font on 3 steps, panelled stem; octagonal bowl
with cusped quatrefoils, supported on angels. Board over south nave door
recording the benefaction of the Rev. Henry Wharton which funded the re-pewing
in 1736. Box pews in nave with high back walls and quadrant pilasters at
the corners.

Listing NGR: TG3020026059

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Source: English Heritage

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