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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fressingfield

Description: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 279970

OS Grid Reference: TM2615577483
OS Grid Coordinates: 626155, 277483
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3487, 1.3191

Location: Church Street, Fressingfield, Suffolk IP21 5PA

Locality: Fressingfield
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP21 5PA

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Listing Text

TM 27 NE
10/21 Church of St. Peter and St
- Paul

Parish church. Medieval; restored 1870 and 1888. Nave, chancel, north and
south aisles, west tower, north and south porches. Flint rubble with stone
dressings; the side walls of the chancel are plastered. Leaded roofs. Early
C14 square tower in 4 stages, with crenellated parapet. 2-light belfry
openings. C15 aisles with largely original windows. The north aisle was
extended to the east in early C16 to form a Guild Chapel, re-using a doorway
and window of early C14 date from the chancel. 6-bay clerestorey with C15 2-
light windows. At the east end of the nave roof an ornate original sanctus
bell turret. Fine south porch of c.1420 with C19 restoration: flushwork-
panelled facade with enriched entrance arch; above are 2 Tudor roses in square
panels. 2-light parvis window flanked by empty canopied niches and 3-light
traceried panels. Stone parapet with quatrefoils and cresting. Tierceron
vault with carved bosses, springing from C19 corbels. Medieval nave door.
Early C14 chancel, considerably restored in C19: an original window to the
north and 2 C15 windows to the south. C19 4-light east window in
Perpendicular style, shafted internally with foliage capitals. Interior 3-bay
aisle arcades. Fine C15 single hammerbeam nave roof with a wide enriched
cornice. C15 arch-braced chancel roof. Much of the north aisle roof is
medieval: there are pierced spandrels and the wallposts rest on corbels carved
as heads. In the south aisle an ogee-headed cinquefoil piscina. In the
sanctuary an elaborate canopied piscina and triple sedilia, originally early
C14 but nearly all renewed late C19. Plain octagonal font of medieval date.
A very fine set of 18 late C15 poppyhead benches, all with carved ends and
back-rests, and some retaining carved arm-rests. The 2 westernmost benches
have backs carved with 12 square panels, each to a different design. Some
other benches incorporate C15 carved components. Dado of C15 rood screen with
traceried panels.

Listing NGR: TM2615577483

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Source: English Heritage

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