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Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Lavenham

Description: Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 January 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 276673

OS Grid Reference: TL9128349021
OS Grid Coordinates: 591283, 249021
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1064, 0.7917

Location: Potland Lane, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QT

Locality: Lavenham
Local Authority: Babergh District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 9QT

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Listing Text

(north-west side)
Church of Saint Peter
and Saint Paul
TL 94 NW 36/524 23.1.58
An outstanding church mainly built during the C15-C16, the period of
Lavenham's greatest prosperity as a wool town. The chancel with its
crocketted spirelet is the only part that survives of the earlier C14
church. The church was built by the wealthy wool merchants of lavenham,
the principal benefactors being -the Spring family and. John de Vere, 13th
Earl of Oxford. Wills of Thomas Spring and others show that the west
tower was under construction from 1486 to 1495. The upper part was completed
early in the C16. The west tower of 4 stages is 141 ft high, built of
knapped flint and stone with unusual clasping buttresses. The nave of
7 bays is 156 ft long by 70 ft wide with fine Perpendicular windows
and clerestorey and castellated parapets richly ornamented with open
work. The south porch, also richly ornamented, has fan vaulting and
bears the arms of the De Vere family. North of the chancel is the Branch
Chapel (C 1500) and south is the Spring Chapel (dated 1525). The interior
has much beautiful detail and fittings, including a rood screen of 1330-40
and carved parclose screens to the north and south chapels. There are
monuments of the C15, C16 and C17.

Listing NGR: TL9128549022

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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