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Church of St Andrew, Norton

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281201

OS Grid Reference: TL9622366320
OS Grid Coordinates: 596223, 266320
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2600, 0.8738

Location: Church Lane, Norton, Suffolk IP31 3NB

Locality: Norton
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 3NB

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Listing Text


2/98 Church of St Andrew


Parish church, medieval. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, west tower,
south porch, north vestry. Restorations of 1881 and 1897. Flint rubble with
dressings of freestone; chequerboard flushwork panels at parapets and plinth
of aisles and porch. Plaintiled nave and chancel roofs with parapet gables;
other roofs flat behind parapets: some good C14 and C15 grotesque gargoyles.
Early C14 features in chancel include a south doorway and two windows with
cusped Y-tracery, one with grotesque dripstones. Over the doorway is a
contemporary window whose wide inner splay may indicate a C12 origin. Late
C14 tower with Y-traceried belfry windows and another below at the west end,
but money bequeathed for its completion 1442. Mid C14 north and south nave
doorways, the latter with its original cross-battened plank door and the
former with a small stoup beside it. Porch and aisles remodelled in early
C15; the porch has a shafted doorway with image niche above and tall side
windows. 3-bay nave arcades of mid/late C14: the piers have trefoiled headed
arches carved beneath the octagonal capitals. A small piscina in the south
aisle. Good late C14 east window. Circa 1500 roof over chancel in 5 bays:
arch-braced collarbeam trusses, the beams moulded and embattled, and a deep
cornice with shallow mouldings; there is early paintwork at the end bay over
the sanctuary. The nave and aisle roofs were rebuilt in C19: the truss
adjacent to the chancel arch is carved with the date 1897. Vestry added in
early C16: casement-moulded doorway, original oak plank door, and brick-arched
fireplace. (The vestry was restored 1748 as carved on roof beam). Good C15
font with evangelists in sunk panels around the bowl, and,panelled stem with
various supporting creatures around the chamfered corners. Poppyhead benches
in both aisles; a set of 7 and another of 8; most have carved creatures seated
upon the buttresses. 3 sets of late C14 choirstalls: two of 3 seats and one
of 2; traditional pattern with delicately carved misericord figures. In the
nave is a monument of 1626, whose painted inscription is lost. The deep ogee-
headed crown has obelisks at the head and feet: here some painted decoration
is visible including the standing skeletal figure of time with hourglass and
sickle and the date 1626. Some medieval glass, especially at the heads of
south chancel and south aisle windows. A large C15/C16 marble slab with brass
sinking in the nave, another (smaller) with 3 later slabs in north aisle, and
5 slabs of various dates from C16 to early C19 in the chancel floor.

Listing NGR: TL9622366320

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Source: English Heritage

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