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Church of All Saints, Stuston

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280382

OS Grid Reference: TM1346177857
OS Grid Coordinates: 613461, 277857
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3572, 1.1333

Location: Church Lane, Stuston, Suffolk IP21 4AG

Locality: Stuston
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP21 4AG

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Listing Text

TM 17 NW
2/93 Church of All Saints
-- II*

Parish church. C12 or C13 tower, raised in C14. Nave, south porch and
chancel rebuilt in C15. Chancel restored thoroughly with addition of north
transept and north vestry in 1860-2. Refenestrated and tower restored 1877-8.
Flint rubble with ashlar dressings. Grey Staffordshire tiled roofs,
decoratively banded. Short nave with south porch and north vestry, chancel as
wide and slightly shorter with north transept, round west tower. Tower is
tall in proportion to rest of building with some bricks in flint rubble. To
west a C13 lancet with a hollow chamfered surround,above it a small quatrefoil
opening. String course to C14 octagonal belfry, irregular quoining, 4 twin
louvred openings with curvilinear traceried arched heads. String course to
C15 English bond red brick parapet. Nave west wall is unbuttressed with a
half height offset, coped parapet. Nave to south has two 2-light C19 windows
following C15 precursors with traceried arched heads, stone quoins and
voussoirs. Gabled and unbuttressed south porch has an outer double chamfered
pointed arch with hoodmould, above a cusped niche with ogee hoodmould, coped
gable parapet with ridge cross, lancets in returns. Inner entrance has C15
wave and hollow moulded pointed arch with hoodmould, old boarded door with
iron strap hinges, stoup with semi-circular bowl in east jamb of entrance
arch. Nave to north is similar, C19 vestry replacing earlier north porch,
outer 2-light window, coped gable parapet. Inner entrance arch, C15, as to
south with a similar door. Coped gable parapets with ridge crosses on nave
and chancel to east. A C19 2 stage buttress to south where nave meets
chancel. Chancel is all but entirely C19. To south a central pointed arched
door and 1861 datestone, flanking 2-light window with unusual tracery. 3-
light east window, south-east 2 stage diagonal buttress. North east 2 stage
angle buttresses. North transept has a 2-light window to north gable end,
east return has 2 trefoil openings, west return has a door and 1862 datestone.
Interior: sharply pointed, unarticulated low tower arch. Nave: early
brickwork to broad rear arches of 3 windows, rood loft stairs to north with a
hollow chamfered lower opening to upper opening with early brickwork and a
restored segmental head, to south a C15 piscina with cusped head and a round
headed niche for an image, roof ceiled in C19 with applied bosses and ribbing,
C16 and C17 moulded wall plates. Pointed chancel arch in polychrome brick;
red, yellow and black, respond caps and bases. Similar polychrome brickwork
to all chancel and transept openings. Chancel south wall piscina with a
chamfered pointed arch. C19 chancel roof has collars to king posts, applied
bosses. C15 font has a simple octagonal bowl with moulded cap and base to
octagonal stem. Gothic pulpit of 1861 is richly panelled, crocketed and
finialed, Gothic reading desk. Chancel north wall monument to J. Castleton,
d.1727, and family: varied marbles, projecting pedestal with moulded base and
cornice, inscription, on this rest busts of Castleton and wife, 3 oval
medallion busts of children, aedicular surround, fluted pilasters, open
pediment on consoles surmounted by arms in cartouche and 2 funerary urns.
Adjacent are C17 and C18 tomb slabs. Reset in north transept are 2 late C18
headstones. Chancel south wall plain marble tablet with base and cornice to
R. Clarke, d. 1832, and wife, arms above. Late C19 stained glass.

Listing NGR: TM1346177857

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Source: English Heritage

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