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Church of St Margaret, Paston

Description: Church of St Margaret

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 April 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 224293

OS Grid Reference: TG3228234435
OS Grid Coordinates: 632282, 334435
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8573, 1.4489

Location: B1159, Paston, Norfolk NR28 9TA

Locality: Paston
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR28 9TA

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Listing Text

TG 33 SV
4/79 Church of St. Margaret
- I

Parish church. C14, restored 1601, 1843 and 1869. Flint with ashlar
dressings. Thatched nave and slate roofed chancel. West tower. 3 stage
tower with diagonal buttresses to ringing chamber, each stage set-off. 2-
light cusped Y tracery west window under hood on labels. Square cusped
ringing chamber windows, that to west C19. 2-light Y tracery belfry windows
below crenellated parapet. Stairs to south-east. Nave buttresses stepped
and diagonal at corners. Gabled south porch with diagonal buttresses. Wave
moulded round arch below trefoiled statuary niche. 2-light Perpendicular
side lights. Multiply wave moulded inner south door. Arched north door.
3 arched nave windows north and south of 2 or 3 lights and cusped intersecting
tracery, all restored or renewed C19. Rood stairs to south east nave. South
chancel illuminated through C19 triple stepped lancet under single hood mould
to west and 2-light divergent mouchette window to east. Arched priests' door.
Diagonal east buttresses and 4-light cusped intersecting east window. North
chancel with one 2-light mouchette window and one blocked 2-light Y tracery
window. Eaves of chancel raised in brick on north side. Interior. Chamfered
tower arch and double chamfered chancel arch. Scissor braced C14 nave roof
with collars and boarded ashlaring. Octagonal late C14 font with ogee
traceried stem panels and 2-light mouchette tracery in bowl panels. Late
C14 wall paintings on north wall. To west St. Christopher carrying Christ,
further east the morality The Three Living and The Three Dead. C15 reading
desk with poppyheads and 2 traceried panels. Heavily restored screen,
originally C15. 4 bays right and left of arched cusped opening. 2-light
tracery dados and upper tracery panelling below top rail. Monument in chancel
to Dame Katherine Paston 1629, by Nicholas Stone. Alabaster. Double arches
supported on Corinthian columns below pediment with drapery swags. Reclining
figures upon pediment flank achievement. On tomb chest white marble reclining
effigy of Katherine Paston. To west monument to Edward Paston 1632 by
Nicholas Stone. Stone and black marble. Plain urn stands on square plinth
within an aedicule of Tuscan columns with block entablatures. Above is
segmental open pediment. Ceiling of aedicule coved and coffered. Enclosing
both monuments are iron railings 1632 : irontwist verticals terminating above
top rail in ball and steeple finials, each finial with 4 wreathed scrolls.
Square section uprights end in spiked finials above top rail. C13 sedilia
in chancel with 3 arched and roll moulded openings. Trefoiled angle piscina
to left. Boarded chancel roof. Painted Royal Arms to William IV 1831 over
tower arch.

Listing NGR: TG3228234435

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Source: English Heritage

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