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Church of St Margaret, Witton

Description: Church of St Margaret

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 April 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 224322

OS Grid Reference: TG3310431574
OS Grid Coordinates: 633104, 331574
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8312, 1.4590

Location: Bacton Road, Witton, Norfolk NR28 9TS

Locality: Witton
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR28 9TS

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Listing Text

TG 33 SW
4/108 Church of St. Margaret
- I

Parish church. Late Cll west tower, nave and chancel. Nave and chancel
remodelled early C14 when south aisle and clerestory added. Tower partly
rebuilt 1808, major restoration 1875 and numerous alterations throughout C19.
Flint with ashlar dressings and some brick. Nave and aisle roofs of lead,
chancel of slate. Undivided round tower. One triangular-headed lancet below
altered C15 2-light belfry windows. Crenellated parapet. At west ends of
Cll nave original quoins remain. 3-light C19 south aisle west window.
Diagonal corner buttresses to aisle and side buttresses to flank. Aisle
restored 1859 when windows replaced. Gabled south porch entered through
hollow chamfered arch. Hollow and roll moulded inner doorway. Partly blocked
pointed side lancets. 3 2-light cusped aisle windows with reticulation unit
over trefoil lights. One Y tracery 2-light window to west of these. 3-light
C19 aisle east window. South clerestory faced with knapped flint and brick.
6 2-light Y tracery windows with brick relieving arches north and south
altered C15 and restored C19. Chancel supported by diagonal eastern
buttresses and one side buttress to north and south. One 3-light and one
2-light C19 reticulated south chancel windows. 3-light chancel east window
of 1860 with Geometrical forms. On north side one 2-light C19 window. 2
renewed 2-light square-headed Perpendicular north nave windows and 3 splayed
circular Cll windows below the level of present clerestory. That to east
remains only as a trace in masonry and is cut by later Perpendicular
insertion. C19 gabled north vestry over doorway. Interior. 5 bay octagonal
south arcade on moulded bases and with polygonal capitals supporting double
chamfered arches. Double chamfered early C14 tower arch on semi-circular
responds. Double chamfered C19 chancel arch on polygonal responds. Squared
interior tower stairs to south-east of tower entered through a 4-centred
doorway with hood mould on labels. C15 nave roof of moulded principals
dropping on arched braces to moulded wall posts. Further arched braces rise
to wall plate. One tier moulded butt purlins and ridge piece. Boarded
ashlaring. C18 south aisle roof of principals on arched braces and wall
posts. One tier taper-tenoned butt purlins. 4 C18 box pews in aisle. 2
of Cll north circular windows splayed into interior. 31 mutilated late C15
poppyhead bench ends. C13 sedilia of 2 pointed arches with dog tooth
decoration : supporting columns on waterholding bases and with capitals.
Also in chancel a simple trefoiled piscina, just utilising ogee forms. C19
arched braced chancel roof. C14 octagonal font with traceried stem and
panelled bowl, each panel decorated with encircled quatrefoils. Chancel wall
monument to John Norris 1734 : Corinthian pilasters support pediment and frame
inscription panel; apron below with coat of arms. To left a monument to
Elizabeth Norris 1769 of asymmetrical design. 2 block entablatures stand
on consoles and terminate swept apron. On one entablature stands a cherub
holding diagonally placed oval inscription panel. On other stands 4 books
: Shakespeare, Sterne, Sherlock and the Bible). Half of a segmental pediment
at top on which stands an urn.

Listing NGR: TG3310431574

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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