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Church of St Andrew, Freckenham

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 May 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 275763

OS Grid Reference: TL6659771758
OS Grid Coordinates: 566597, 271758
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3186, 0.4428

Location: Chippenham Road, Freckenham, Suffolk IP28 8JF

Locality: Freckenham
Local Authority: Forest Heath District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP28 8JF

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Listing Text


3/22 Church of St. Andrew
- II*

Church, mediaeval with alterations of 1867-9 by G.E. Street; the tower rebuilt
1884. Nave, chancel, north aisle with organ chamber (formerly chapel ), west
tower, south porch and north vestry. Flint rubble with limestone dressings and
parapets. Roofs mostly plaintiled; the aisle and tower roofs leaded. In the
chancel are several features of late C13: a Y-traceried vestry window, another
in the chancel with low-side windows, another with plate tracery and dropped-
cell sedilia, and the adjacent double piscina with trefoiled head. Of c.1300
is the 3-light east window with inner shafts; the hoodmould and flanking dado
have carved foliate stops. North and south nave doorways and vestry doorway
all plain, perhaps of c.1300; also the south chancel doorway and Y-traceried
window above. The north aisle was added late C14; the existing C19 2-light
windows probably correctly copy the originals, as elsewhere. 4-bay arcade of
clustered columns with moulded capitals; a matching arch leads into the organ
chamber. Later C14 aisle roof with arch-braced tie-beams, moulded purlins with
leaf-carved bosses and applied angels; wall-pieces on figure-carved wooden
corbels. The chapel roof and window are of C15; also roofs to nave and
chancel, canted and boarded in square panels with carved bosses; in the chancel
these contain painted escutcheons, in the nave they are leaf-carved. The porch
was rebuilt 1867 with moulded arched doorway in the manner of c.1300. In 1884
the tower collapsed and was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style, with clasping
buttresses, west doorway and crenellated parapets. Octagonal limestone font of
late C14 or C15. In the nave and aisle are 5 sets of 8 C15 pews, well-
restored, many having original poppy-head ends with fine carved figures. An
alabaster plaque with traces of paint found buried in the north wall c.1770, is
reset beside the north doorway; it is believed to be from a C15 altar and
depicts a miracle by St. Eligius. In the nave is a painted late C18 plaque
recording the bequest of Mrs Catherin Shore. In several chancel windows is
good C19 stained glass, some with painted borders perhaps containing mediaeval

Listing NGR: TL6659771758

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Source: English Heritage

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