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Church of St Martin, Exning

Description: Church of St Martin

Grade: I
Date Listed: 28 November 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 275641

OS Grid Reference: TL6214065513
OS Grid Coordinates: 562140, 265513
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2639, 0.3745

Locality: Exning
Local Authority: Forest Heath District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CB8 7HP

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Listing Text

(including Exning)

1/81 Church of St.
28.11.50 Martin


Church, mediaeval, restored c.1863. Nave, chancel, aisles and
transepts on north and south sides, west tower and south porch.
Rubble walls mainly rendered (the tower of flint rubble and some
brick); dressings of clunch and limestone. Roofs mainly low-
pitched and leaded, some with parapets; the chancel plaintiled.
In the chancel are fragments of lancet windows of C12 or early
C13, and a C12 priests door is said to be buried in the south
wall. The tower c.1300, incorporating as a doorway lintel part
of a possible Norman consecration cross. The original 2-light
belfry openings were made redundant by larger openings when the
top stage was added late C14, together with west doorway and 3-
light window, and clasping buttresses. A timber bell turret with
cupola roof was added C18. Apart from the chancel walling, most
of the church was rebuilt early/mid C14. The lancets in the
chancel are c.1300 (apart from the triple-lancet east window, a
C19 introduction). The aisle and transept windows mid C14, with
2 and 3 lights, the transept end windows of 4 lights with net
tracery. Most windows were heavily restored c.1863. The south
chancel doorway was inserted C15, the north doorway is a C19
replacement in the C15 style. The south doorway and porch with
parvise were added mid C14, heavily restored C19; on a quoin-
stone is the scratch-date 1673. The nave arcades have octagonal
piers with moulded capitals and bases; simply chamfered tower
arch and chancel arch. In the chancel is a late C13 double
piscina. In the south transept is an aumbry and a piscina with
dog-tooth ornament (possibly late C13), also a rare but damaged
late C14 double heart shrine, formed of 2 cusped arches with
quatrefoil under an ogee arched head, and within are 2 hands
holding a heart. In the north transept is an image niche,
perhaps C14, and the rood-loft stairway. Beside the north
doorway is a C15 image niche with traceried panel above. C14
octagonal limestone font. All roofs are ceiled with plaster, all
except chancel were probably rebuilt c.1821. C17 altar rails in
chancel. Early C18 pulpit with back and sounding-board. In the
nave is a set of 15 C16 pews with linenfold ends, square-headed;
in the aisles are 13 more, plain and heavily restored. In the
north transept is a fine C15 stallfront with tracery and
poppyhead ends. In the south transept floor is a C13 marble
coffin lid. In the chancel is a simple C15 altar tomb, now
without brasses. Below the east chancel window is a tablet to
Robt. Peachey, Vicar, d.1702; by the west door another to John
Huske, d.1713. In the north transept is a painted hatchment to
Francis Robertson. In the south aisle are the arms of George II,
and, on the gallery, of George III, dated 1817.

Listing NGR: TL6214065513

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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