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Church of St Andrew, Tostock

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281262

OS Grid Reference: TL9605163627
OS Grid Coordinates: 596051, 263627
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2359, 0.8697

Location: Church Road, Tostock, Suffolk IP30 9PE

Locality: Tostock
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP30 9PE

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Listing Text


5/159 Church of St Andrew


Parish church, medieval, restored 1872 by J. Sedding. Nave, chancel, west
tower, south porch. Flushed flint and limestone rubble with inclusions of red
brick, mainly in an approximate chequerboard pattern: this is probably C19
work. Dressings of freestone. Parapet gables. Slated nave roof, plaintiled
chancel roof. In the south wall of the chancel is some coursed flint rubble
walling, perhaps of C12. Late C13 chancel arch with clustered shafts and
moulded capitals. Early C14 east window and plain south doorway. Late C14
and C15 square-headed windows. Late C14 tower with traceried belfry windows
and flushwork traceried buttresses. Labelled west doorway: the spandrels are
traceried with shields. 2-light window above. Porch added c.1400 to late C14
doorway. Shafted outer doorway with small niche above, side windows with
unusual tracery, coupled rafter roof with moulded cornice. Major remodelling
of nave in mid C15: large 3-light side windows. Interior: nave roof in 4
subdivided bays: double-hammerbeam trusses. The lower section of each truss
has long beams and tenoned posts, out of the lower section of which is carved
a niche in which is a standing figure. The spandrels are traceried. Carved
archbraces. Moulded and archbraced upper collars and kingposts. The
intermediate trusses have only long archbraces up to the collars, but at the
foot of the principal rafter there is unusual foliate carving. A plain C14
niche beside chancel arch. C15 roodloft stairs and doorways in south nave
wall and a small niche. A small late C14 piscina, ogee-headed, in the
chancel. Good mid C14 font: the octagonal limestone bowl has varied foliate
carving on each face, and the stem is reeded. Two sets of 12 benches: the 8
western-most on each side are C15 work with some restoration, and the
remainder were added in C19. The seat backs are traceried and brattished, the
ends have poppyheads, and a wide variety of creatures sit upon the buttresses.
Late C17 altar rails with turned balusters. Two C18 slabs in the chancel

Listing NGR: TL9605163627

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Source: English Heritage

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