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Church of All Saints, Great Ashfield

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281146

OS Grid Reference: TL9955867787
OS Grid Coordinates: 599558, 267787
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2720, 0.9235

Location: Elmswell Road, Great Ashfield, Suffolk IP31 3HH

Locality: Great Ashfield
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 3HH

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Listing Text


2/43 Church of All Saints


Parish church, medieval. Restored 1870. Nave, chancel, west tower, north
aisle; south porch. Organ chamber and vestry added c.1870. Random flint
rubble: to the north of the chancel is an area of C12 coursed flintwork. The
extensive C19 refacing is in rounded uncut flints. Freestone dressings.
Plaintiled roofs to nave and chancel with parapet gables. Slated roofs to
porch and aisle. Some interesting C13 work: mid C13 south nave doorway
hoodmoulded with nook shafts; medieval plank door with complete ironmongery.
Two 2-light windows in the chancel, one with an outer arch and one without; a
small lancet in north wall possibly C12. The aisle was added in mid C14:
blocked hoodmoulded north doorway with one grotesque corbel remaining; square-
headed 2-light windows. Tower also mid or late C14: parapetted roof with
boarded spirelet. A frieze of flushwork arcading at the base: hoodmoulded
west doorway and a dagger-traceried window above. Late C15 nave windows (2
restored, one decayed). Good early C16 porch of red brick with arcaded panels
on the south facade: these have trefoiled terracotta heads and flushwork
infilling. Labelled and hoodmoulded doorway with shafts, all in moulded
brick, and the image niche above is in terracotta. Side windows with two
trefoil-headed lights, and roof with archbraced principals rising from shafts.
The base of a pillar stoup survives. Interior: Mid C14 nave arcade in 4 bays:
4 clustered polygonal shafts with moulded capitals supporting arches chamfered
in 2 orders. Rood loft stairs with two square-headed doorways. An ogee-
headed C14 image niche beside the east chancel window. Nave roof of c.1500: 7
bays of collarbeam trusses, archbraces to high collars and short king posts.
Moulded and embattled cornice. Plain lean-to aisle roof also of c.1500. C19
chancel roof, a copy of that in the nave but with more elaborate cornice. C15
chancel arch. Mid C14 simply moulded octagonal font with plain bowl. Some
fine C15 poppyhead benches in the nave with various creatures seated on the
buttresses: two sets of 4, one other in the aisle, and several ends reused in
C19 benches. A fine and unusual square pulpit, dated 1619 on the sounding
board; much enrichment including arcaded panels and heavy bulbous legs. The
sounding board is cantilevered from a crown supported by ramped scrolls. The
altar reredos is also arcaded early C17 work. Later C17 altar rails with
barley-sugar balusters. 3 painted hatchments in the chancel, and 2 in the
nave. 3 marble slabs in the sanctuary floor, to C18 members of the Smith
family. ____________________________

Listing NGR: TL9955867787

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Source: English Heritage

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