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Church of St Andrew, Bedingham

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 226786

OS Grid Reference: TM2851193397
OS Grid Coordinates: 628511, 293397
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4906, 1.3645

Location: Bedingham, Norfolk NR34 0BH

Locality: Bedingham
Local Authority: South Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR34 0BH

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Listing Text

TM 29 SE
5/10 Church of St. Andrew


Parish church. C12 tower base, remainder mainly late C13/early C14 with C15
additions and fenestration. Flint with limestone dressings. Shallow-pitched
slate roofs. West tower, nave, north and south aisles, south porch, chancel,
south transeptal chapel. Round west tower with C15 2-light west window with
four-centred arched head and drip; small rectangular light with iron bars
above. C15 octagonal bell stage with flushwork; 2-light louvred bell openings
with tracery infilled at cardinal points, pattern repeated in traceried flush-
work panels on remaining four faces. Castellated parapet above coved string
course with heads and flower decoration. Nave clerestorey of six bays; 2-
light C15 windows under brick arches. C15 south porch with engaged shafts
and roll-moulding to arch much repaired; gable parapet on moulded corbels
with head corbel at apex. South aisle has single light west window with hood
mould on headstops; two C15 2-light south windows with shallow arches and
stilted hoodmoulds, staged buttresses dividing bays. 3-light reticulated window
in gable of south chapel; buttresses to gable, the south-east buttress
diagonally-set. East wall of chapel has 3-light window with intersecting
tracery. C15 chancel clerestorey with 3-light windows, 4 bays, the two western
windows with raised cills and the westernmost window now obscured by the later
pitched roof over the chapel. Stepped cill band. Fine priest's door in south
wall of chancel, late C12 with pointed arch, shafts and colonnettes with
decorated capitals and roll, keel and dogtooth arch mouldings. 2-light chancel
south window with trefoil head. Corner pilasters to east gable; 4-light east
window with intersecting tracery. Upper part of north chancel wall rendered;
two C15 2-light clerestorey windows. East window of north aisle 3 lights with
Y-tracery under a segmental head. North aisle has three 2-light windows with
staged buttresses dividing bays. Late C12 north doorway with two orders of
shafts, stiff-leaf decoration to outer capitals and arch with roll and keel
mouldings. 2-light Y-tracery west window to aisle. North nave clerestorey
as south. Interior: C14 north and south arcades of three bays each, the south
apparently earlier with quatrefoil piers and responds, arches with double
hollow-chamfer. North arcade has octagonal piers with double-chamfer to
arches. Tall, narrow tower arch, the semicircular arched head now infilled.
Roofs all replaced in softwood C19 or early C20. Chapel in eastern bay of
north aisle approached through an archway with details similar to south arcade;
piscina recess in south-east corner. C15 screen with traceried and ogee-headed
lights under a brattished cornice, central opening with dropped ogee arch with
small head-pendants and traceried spandrels. Much colour and decoration
remains. Chancel stalls incorporate some old bench ends and re-used rails
and panelling. Dropped-cill sedilia with matched angle piscinae on each side,
that to the east with bowl and drain; cusped arches on Purbeck shafts. Late
C17 communion rail with twisted balusters and square panelled newels. Three
monuments to the Stone family on north wall of chancel. Chancel floor has
memorial and coffin slabs inset. North aisle has floor slabs to the Stone
family; south aisle has floor slabs to Stone and Copping families. Font C15,
octagonal, on two risers, the upper riser with quatrefoil decoration: four
lions around the stem, angel corbels below bowl, angels, beasts and roses
around bowl. Some good C15 carved bench ends; some re-set medieval glass
and two roundels in east window of north aisle.

Listing NGR: TM2851193397

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Source: English Heritage

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