Description: Church of St Michael
Date Listed: 5 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 226799
OS Grid Reference: TM3466193171
OS Grid Coordinates: 634661, 293171
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4860, 1.4548
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BROOME RECTORY ROAD
TM 39 SW
Church of St. Michael
Parish church. Fabric mainly C15 with C14 chancel. Flint with limestone
dressings. Nave and porch roofs plain tiled, chancel roof of black glazed
pantiles. West tower, nave, south porch, chancel. Square C15 west tower
with staged diagonal buttresses; base course of flushwork panels with shields
in buttress bases. West doorway with square drip mould with tracery and
shields in spandrels. Frieze above of shields and roses on quatrefoil fields
forming cill of tall 3-light west window. Canopied niche above window head.
Square traceried sound holes above string course of first stage. Tracery
removed from bell openings. Double stepped castellated parapet. South porch
entirely rendered over, obscuring much detail; staged diagonal buttresses
to gable, blocked east and west window openings. Rebuilt red brick arch to
entrance. Nave and chancel each have two 3-light Perpendicular south windows
with elliptical heads and stilted hood moulds on headstops. Staged buttresses
divide bays. Small C14 priests doorway in chancel south wall, to east of
centre buttress. East window of three lights, cusped Y-tracery; hood mould
with ballflower decoration and headstops. North wall of chancel has one
2-light cusped Y tracery window; memorial tablet on corbel brackets set in
eastern bay - no visible inscription. Earlier north doorway now masked and
blocked by central buttress. Crudely-built stair turret in angle of nave
and chancel. Two 3-light Perpendicular windows in north wall of nave. North
doorway with plain chamfered reveal, opening blocked and rendered over. Stoup
in northeast angle of porch. South door probably C15, retaining old ironwork.
Nave and chancel roofs plastered over: chancel ceiling has panels divided
by rollmoulded ribs on cornice. Nave ceiling has moulded timber cornice.
Tall, narrow tower arch with arch mouldings dying into plain chamfered
responds. Nave walls plastered and marked out in ashlar courses. Two roundels
of old glass in head of nave south-west window. Old corbel head set in
north-west corner of nave; opening to road stairs blocked. C14 chancel arch
with double chamfered arch and polygonal responds. Narrow blind arched recess
immediately east of chancel arch; north chancel window set in wide arched
opening with remains of splayed stone cill or string course. North doorway
blocked: continuous roll moulding to arch. Remains of earlier arched opening
cut by south-east chancel window: attached keeled shafts of reveal with stiff-
leaf capitals and part of keeled roll-moulded arch remain. Stepped cill
sedilia. Square headed recess with piscina in south-east corner of chancel.
Southwest chancel window also set in, and cutting through, earlier wider
arch. C17 memorial slabs in chancel floor. Good wall monument to John Fowle
(d.1732) with putti on open pediment supported on consoles. Remains of brass
memorial in east reveal of south-east nave window, with lettered scrolls and
shields. Font, octagonal, on step with quatrefoil decoration to risers: four
lions against the stem, later bowl with shields.
Listing NGR: TM3466193171
Source: English Heritage
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