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Description: Church of St Nicholas
Date Listed: 25 September 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 228512
OS Grid Reference: TG3557005875
OS Grid Coordinates: 635570, 305875
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5996, 1.4771
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TG 30 NE
8/64 Church of St.
Former parish church, now in the care of the Redundant Churches Fund. C13
and later with C19 restoration. Flint with some conglomerate and brick;
limestone dressings. Continuous pantiled roof over nave and chancel. West
tower, nave, chancel and north vestry (formerly a porch). C13 west tower
wholly octagonal in plan, each face of the belfry level has a tall lancet
linked by continuous roll moulding. On the west face, a glazed lancet at
lower level. Tower parapet with brick corner battlements. Norman west doorway
with scalloped capitals and zig-zag arch moulding, the doorway possibly re-
set. Between tower and nave on south side, a small brick stair turret with
pointed arched door opening. Nave windows two-light Decorated, those on the
south side much restored. Late Norman south doorway with zig-zag arch
moulding. Early Decorated chancel with 2-light 'Y' traceried windows and
five-light east window with cusped intersecting tracery. Three light
Perpendicular windows in north and south chancel walls. Staged buttresses
with C19 decorative stone panels. Coved and plastered eaves to chancel.
Diagonal buttresses to east wall with grotesque carvings on gable oversailing
course. Fine head-corbel and small blocked niche above east window head.
Staged buttresses with gabled tops at junction between nave and chancel.
Vestry with 2-light cusped north and south windows with square labels. Upper
level of tower contains a C17 dovecote, lined with brick nesting boxes; access
via lancet in west face of tower. Fine Early English north doorway with one
order of shafts, keeled roll-moulded arch and dog-tooth ornament. Interior
much restored in C19 : nave and chancel roofs have panelled ceilings with
stencil decoration. C19 Perpendicular stone tower screen. Corbel heads and
shafts in chancel and on chancel north and south walls all date from C19
remodelling. Trefoil-headed piscina and dropped-cill sedilia on south wall
of chancel. C19 stone communion rail. Early stone coffin slabs set in floor
at foot of altar steps. Good monument on north chancel wall to Ann Newbury
+1707. C18 pulpit and box pews in nave, probably recently installed. C15
font, octagonal; bowl has seated figures under ogee arches, the stem has four
standing and four seated figures : possibly re-cut C19.
Listing NGR: TG3557005875
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Source: English Heritage
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