Description: Church of St John the Baptist
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 280968
OS Grid Reference: TM1883474784
OS Grid Coordinates: 618834, 274784
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3275, 1.2101
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TM 17 SE
Church of St. John the
Parish church, said to have been a chapel to a college sited at nearby College
Farm. Medieval; restored 1873. Nave, chancel, south porch, north vestry;
there was once a west tower and north chapel. Mostly flint rubble, the
chancel plastered; stone dressings. Nave walls heightened in red brick and
various brick repairs, including infilling of arch into north chapel. Some
heavy C19 brick buttresses to nave. Slated roofs. Nave windows and doorways
are in Perpendicular style but the fabric is older. 3-light windows, one to
north and 2 to south, all much renewed. Both doorways retain medieval doors,
the south door with a sanctuary knocker. C18 brick porch: 3-centre arched
entrance with raised springers and stone key. At the south east corner of
nave part of the rood stair is visible. Early C14 chancel with a Priest's
doorway of that date. The windows are in Perpendicular style, the 2 to the
south being square-headed. 3-light east window of C20 date. Interior. Nave
has a good late C15 7-bay roof with long arched braces meeting at the centre,
east-west bracing below the ridge (the pendants lost) and moulded principal
components. On the south side the moulded cornice no longer survives.
Chancel roof of c.1873. Wide unmoulded chancel arch. In the nave north wall
is the blocked arch to the chapel. Plain octagonal font dated 1876. Chancel
stalls incorporate 6 medieval misere seats and some C15 poppyhead bench-ends.
Remainder of furnishings renewed 1873. In a wall recess in the north east
nave is a good late C13 recumbent stone effigy of a lady: this is probably a
member of the Bedingfield family and is said to have come from the chapel.
Below the west nave window is an inscribed tablet of C13 date. A C16 brass to
a member of the Bedingfield family has been removed. Good Arms of Charles I
(dated 1637) over chancel arch.
Listing NGR: TM1883474784
Source: English Heritage
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