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Church of St Mary, Dalham

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 May 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 275567

OS Grid Reference: TL7242962556
OS Grid Coordinates: 572429, 262556
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2342, 0.5236

Location: Church Lane, Dalham, Suffolk CB8 8TE

Locality: Dalham
Local Authority: Forest Heath District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CB8 8TE

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Listing Text


6/7 Church of St.
7.5.54 Mary


Church. Mediaeval, the tower rebuilt 1625. Nave, chancel, north
and south aisles, west tower, south porch, north chapel. Flint
rubble with some limestone rubble freestone dressings.
Crenellated parapets and parapet gables. Low-pitched leaded
roofs. Most of the existing structure was built in 2 phases:
early/mid C14, and late C15. C14 works includes: south aisle
with triple arcade, trefoiled and hood-moulded windows, a piscina
and 2 image pedestals, south doorway (with C18 6-panelled door)
and south porch. The chancel doorway (restored C19) and
trefoiled piscina also C14 work. South chancel window inserted
c.1468, by the bequest of Thomas Stuteville, whose tomb stands,
obscured by another, beneath it. Chancel walls raised and roof
rebuilt C15. North aisle added C15, with triple arcade, 2 2-
light windows and moulded arched doorway with original counter-
boarded oak door; good roof with arch-braced principals. The
south aisle roof also renewed C15. Nave walling raised C15 with
clerestory windows, tie-beam roof of 3 bays with king posts and
principal rafters at half bays, restored C19 and c.1950. The
chapel to north of chancel (now roofless and ruinous) contains
tombs of the C18 and C19 Affleck family; the structure appears
to be C16, with mullioned window and arched doorway (the
datestone "CS, 1705" probably relates to an alteration). The
tower arch C15; the tower was rebuilt after collapse c.1625 in
the Perpendicular style; on a frieze below the crenellated
parapet is the flushwork inscription "ANNO DOMINI 1625, DEO
Flushwork panels also on the buttresses. West window and belfry
openings also of Perpendicular form. Over the tower arch is a
prominent inscription, naming the benefactors and cost of
rebuilding the tower. Octagonal limestone font, c.1625. Chancel
screen C15, complete up to middle rail, with 4 solid traceried
panels each side having original decoration in black, gold and
red. On the east and west nave walls are traces of C15 wall
paintings of the 7 deadly sins, the emblems of the passion, and
several other topics. The large east window and tie-beam roof to
chancel renewed c.1904. The C19 choirstalls have good
poppyheads, with possibly C15 poppyheads reused. Nave pews with
animal buttresses, all C19. A C15 moulded pew in the south
aisle. Arms of George II, dated 1760. An early C19 organ in the
north aisle. Wall monuments in the chancel include: 1. To Thomas
Stuterryle, d.1571, of classical form with panels containing
coats of arms below. 2. To Sir Martin Stuteville, d.1631, with
his children kneeling below. 3. To John Affleck and his wife
Neeltje, d.1718 and 1729. Also in the chancel, 8 floor slabs of
marble, C16-C18.

Listing NGR: TL7242962556

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Source: English Heritage

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