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Church of St Mary, Ditchingham

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 226807

OS Grid Reference: TM3298292222
OS Grid Coordinates: 632982, 292222
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4782, 1.4294

Locality: Ditchingham
Local Authority: South Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR35 2JS

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Listing Text

TM 39 SW
Church of St. Mary
- I
.... ..
Parish church. C15 with C19 remodelling and additions. Galleted flint with
limestone dressings; south wall of nave and north wall of chancel rendered
over. Chancel and porch plain-tiled; C20 concrete tiles on nave; aisle
and vestry slated. West tower, nave, south porch, chancel, north aisle and
vestry. C15 square west tower with diagonal staged buttresses with flushwork
panels. Good base course of cusped panels with shields alternating with
sacred hearts in crown of thorns, all set in flushwork. String courses at
offsets. Polygonal stair turret at north-east corner. Square traceried sound
openings with shields. 3-light bell openings. Stepped parapet with
crocketted corner pinnacles and carved panels set in flushwork. West doorway
with hood and dripmoulds on headstops; doorway flanked by niches containing
figures on pedestals. 4-light west window, C15. Renewed traceried sound
hole with three shields under a dripmould above. Staged buttresses to south
wall of nave (south-west buttress set diagonally) in galleted flint with
flushwork panels. Two 3-light C15 windows, much repaired. C15 south porch,
restored by H. Rider Haggard in 1896; renewed 2-light east and west windows.
Diagonal gable buttresses with flushwork panels; plinth repeats decorative
motifs of tower basecourse. Gable wall rendered over. Arch with two
continuous chamfers and hoodmould with fleurons. Niche above with fleuron
decoration to jambs and cusped head. Square sundial in gable apex. Renewed
arch-braced porch roof with wallposts set on old head-corbels; castellated
cornice. Traceried 2-leaf south door, C15. Chancel much restored in C19,
of knapped flint with 2 and 3-light south windows, priest's door between
window openings. C15 3-light east window. Chancel north wall rendered over;
2-light C14 window at north-west corner. North aisle added 1873; three bays
with 3-light Perpendicular windows with staged buttresses between bays; 2-
light Perpendicular east window. At the aisle west end, a polygonal
projection for vestry with steeply-pitched hipped roof and gabled projection
to west. 2-light window and doorway in north wall, 2-light window in west
gable. Chimney stack with diagonally-set brick shaft on south-west corner
of aisle, weathered base with flushwork. Interior: C15 nave roof, restored
C19: principals have arch-braces and wallposts set on head-corbels. Pendants
and bosses added at intersections. North arcade C19 of three bays. C15 tower
arch with engaged shafts and polygonal capitals; nave walls taper in towards
tower. Chancel arch of 1874 with short shafts set on massive corbels. Screen
much restored but containing some C15 work. C19 chancel roof, arch-braced
with bosses and pendants, all painted 1862-3 by Mrs. W. Scudamore the rector's
wife. Brasses to Roger Bozard (d.1505) and to Philip (d.1490) and Margery
Bozard. In south-east corner of the chancel, a wall monument to Samuel
Pyecroft (d.1709) C17 and C18 ledger slabs in floor of nave and chancel.
North-east aisle window a memorial to Sir Henry Rider Haggard (d.1925) who
was a church warden while resident in Ditchingham. C19 pulpit, stone,
polygonal with traceried panels and stone steps. Font, C15, octagonal with
shields and roses in traceried panels around bowl, head corbels below bowl
and shafts around stem, all on an octagonal step with quatrefoiled riser.

Listing NGR: TM3298292222

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Source: English Heritage

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