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Description: Church of St Peter
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280946
OS Grid Reference: TM2103070982
OS Grid Coordinates: 621030, 270982
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2925, 1.2397
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TM 27 SW
5/5 Church of St Peter
Parish church. Medieval; restored 1873-4. A small church with continuous
nave and chancel, west tower and south porch. Flint rubble with stone
dressings. The tower is of knapped flint with an admixture of red brick;
brick quoins to the east and to the stair turret. Plaintiled roof. Square
unbuttressed tower, largely C15; the top section is missing and there is a
pyramidal slated roof crowned by a wind vane. Stair turret to south. Moulded
west doorway with late C19 corbel heads. 2-light west window with early C14
tracery but Perpendicular-style head; a different window here is shown on an
engraving of 1833 hanging in the church. Above is a small 2-light window with
square head. Simple louvred belfry openings. Nave and chancel probably early
C14. Side windows in Perpendicular style; original 3-light east window with
intersecting Y-tracery and inscription at base. Restored south doorway to
nave with late C19 corbel heads. Knapped flint porch of 1873. Interior. C14
scissor-braced rafter roof with collars and ashlar pieces. Moulded cornice,
enriched in the chancel with embattling and fleurons. Rood beam in situ,
supported by 2 good C14 corbel heads of a king and queen, placed here from
elsewhere in the church in 1873. Trefoil-headed piscina with drop-sill
sedilia adjacent. C15 octagonal font, the bowl panels shallow-carved with
traceried designs, no 2 alike. In the nave, 10 fine poppyhead bench-ends of
C15 date, carefully restored in C19. The ends are traceried and there are
side buttresses supporting standing figures or heads. 4 similar bench-ends to
the east are good C19 copies. At the west end, 2 C15 half-ends. Remainder of
benches and other furnishings date largely from late C19.
Listing NGR: TM2103070982
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