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Church of St Mary, Wiveton

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 March 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 224747

OS Grid Reference: TG0436042800
OS Grid Coordinates: 604360, 342800
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9437, 1.0400

Location: Wiveton, Norfolk NR25 7TL

Locality: Wiveton
Local Authority: North Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR25 7TL

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There is also a scheduled monument, Wiveton Bridge, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text


2/15 Church of St. Mary
_ I

Parish church. Medieval. Flint with stone dressings. Lead roofs. Early
C14 west tower; the nave, north and south aisles probably soon after 1437
when 200 marks was left for 'the makyng of a newe chyrche'; C15 north and
south porches, early C14 chancel; vestry. Embattled west tower with ashlar
angle buttresses to west, a stair being incorporated in that to north with
slit lights. Stone plinth. Doorway inserted to north. Above it, a single
cusped light with outer chamfered order; similar to south. West window
probably of c1440 restored in C19 of 3 ogee-headed lights, the mullions rising
to the head of the arch; panel tracery; hood mould. This tracery pattern
is repeated throughout the church, more or less restored in C19. Ringing
chamber with single cusped lights with outer chamfered order to north, south
and west. Bell-openings with Y-tracery and outer chamfered order. Flushwork
battlements. Gargoyles. C17 pinnacles to corners. West windows to aisles
of similar pattern to tower west window; sill bands. 5 bay nave. Buttressed
south porch to first nave bay now blocked and used as cupboard; shafts with
polygonal capitals, chamfered arch; hollow to continuous inner and outer
orders; hood mould. Cusped niche over with square hood. To east and west
walls a window with 2 cusped lights under square hood mould, that to west
with sill band. Buttressed aisles with diagonal buttresses, and each with
4 windows with tracery as before. East windows of aisles also of same
pattern. Clerestorey with 5 windows each to north and south having 2 cusped
lights, and panel tracery under 4 centred arches; hood mould. Window to east
nave gable, the tracery as clerestorey windows. Rood stair to north in angle
between nave and chancel. Buttressed chancel with sill bands to south with
tracery as west window. To either side of the eastern window the sill band
drops to accommodate flushwork. Priests door with continuous double chamfer
and hood mould. Vestry to north chancel with some early brick quoins; C19
north window; lancet to east. Restored east window of 4 lights with inter-
secting tracery, hood mould and sill band, the sill band drops to accommodate
flushwork. Buttressed porch to first north aisle bay and probably
contemporary with it. Blocked 2-light windows with some tracery visible under
4-centred arches to east and west. North face of ashlar. Archway with 3
shafts on tall bases with hollow and fillet between to each side; polygonal
capitals, the middle shaft continuous. Nave doorway similarly with tall bases.
5 bay nave arcades with 4 clustered shafts on tall bases, continuous roll
between; slightly flattened arch. Aisle windows set in arcades thus allowing
for stone benches, now with C19 tiles. Stoup beside north door. Restored
arch-braced roofs to nave and aisles, the aisles with embattled wall-plate
and tracery in the spandrels. Nave roof now on stone corbels, probably
formerly on timber shafts only the capitals now remaining. Tower and chancel
arches as arcade. Arch-braced roof to chancel. Piscina and drop-sill
sedilia. Some poppy-head benches. 4-centred arch doorway to rood loft with
figures in the spandrels with traces of paint. Octagonal font with crocketted
panels with ogee heads to base. Rosettes to frames of plain panels to bowl.
Antiquaries Journal LXll, 1982. Richard Fawcett.

Listing NGR: TG0436042800

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Source: English Heritage

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