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Church of St Peter, Hedenham

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 5 September 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 226850

OS Grid Reference: TM3120993387
OS Grid Coordinates: 631209, 293387
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4894, 1.4042

Location: Church Road, Hedenham, Norfolk NR35 2LF

Locality: Hedenham
Local Authority: South Norfolk District Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR35 2LF

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Listing Text

TM 39 SW
6/73 Church of St. Peter
5-9-60 (formerly listed as Church
of St Mary)

- I

Parish church. C14 and C15 with C19 remodelling and addition. Flint with
limestone dressings, largely rendered over. lead roof to nave, plain tiles
over porch and chancel. West tower, nave, chancel, south porch. Slim,
slightly tapering west tower, unbuttressed. Polygonal stair turret on south
side. 2-light C15 west window with segmental-arched head; single-light
ringing chamber, window above with cinquefoil head. Bell openings now without
mullions or tracery; wooden louvres. Double-stepped parapet with flushwork
panels, repaired in brick. C15 south porch with blind traceried window panel
to west with flint infill. Diagonal staged gable buttresses with flushwork
panels; stone kneelers to gable parapet. Sun dial in gable apex. Doorway
with engaged polygonal shafts and square dripmould; fleuron decoration to
arch, dripmould and capitals. South nave windows of 3.lights, two C15 with
castellated transoms, the easternmost with reticulated tracery. Red brick
stepped east gable to nave on stone kneelers; short diagonal gable
buttresses. Chancel C14 but with much C19 work; 2-light windows with
priest's doorbetween openings. At the south-east corner a pedimented wall
monument - no visible inscription. Diagonal staged buttresses to east gable
with chequer-pattern flushwork panels. 3-light reticulated east window.
Coped gable parapet with cross-finial. Slated lean-to organ chamber central
on north side of chancel. Three lancets in north wall- of nave. C19 lean-
to vestry on north wall of nave. Interior: south porch has original roof
with arch-braced principals, ashlar posts on moulded cornice. Medieval south
door. C15 nave roof, much repaired; arch braced, bosses at intersections.
Re-used C18 screen across tower arch. C19 chancel arch with stiff leaf
capitals and decoration to outer order. Early C18 balustrade re-set across
chancel arch to form low screen: turned balusters and square panelled newels.
Chancel roof C19 arch-braced with waggon-boarded ceiling, all painted 1862-
3 with foliage and figures in roundels under the direction of E.J. Tarver,
architect. C19 glass in chancel windows by Hardman (E) and Clayton and Bell
(S). Piscina with petalled bowl, stepped-cill sedilia in south wall of
chancel; restored ogee heads with crocket-finials. Font, octagonal, with
eight engaged shafts around the stem, defaced figure corbels below bowl and
traceried panels with shields and roses. Good wall monuments, notably to
John Richmond (d.1694), a convex slate tablet flanked by Ionic columns
supporting broken segmental pediment (south wall of nave), to Clere Garney
(d.1730) to Rev. Peter Foster (d.1812) to Clere Garneys (d.1767). The
chancel contains some very fine monuments of the C16 and early C17 to the
Bedingfield family.

Listing NGR: TM3120993387

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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