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Church of St Michael, Occold

Description: Church of St Michael

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281322

OS Grid Reference: TM1557870863
OS Grid Coordinates: 615578, 270863
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2936, 1.1598

Location: Church Lane, Occold, Suffolk IP23 7PW

Locality: Occold
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP23 7PW

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Listing Text

TM 17 SE
1/41 Church of St Michael
Parish church. Medieval, restored 1854 and 1877. Nave, chancel, west tower,
south porch, north vestry. Flint rubble, the nave, chancel and porch
rendered. Slated roofs. C15 square tower in 4 stages; crenellated parapet
with stumps of pinnacles. Diagonal buttresses to west, lateral buttresses to
east. Flushwork to plinth, parapet and buttresses. Moulded west doorway, the
arch enriched with fleurons and crowns, now decayed. Renewed 3-light west
window and 2-light belfry openings. Nave has C13 north and south doorways
with plain 2-centred arches. The windows are in Perpendicular style, very
largely C19-C20 renewals; 2 to the south have square heads. The porch is
heavily restored. Chancel has one small C12 window (north); a cinquefoil-
headed lancet window with ballflower-enriched hoodmould and 2 2-light
Perpendicular windows with 4-centre arched Priest's doorway between (south).
3-light east window with intersecting tracery (renewed). Interior. Both nave
and chancel were re-roofed in 1854. The chancel arch rests on large corbel
heads, probably of C14 date. North east nave window has shafted surround and
a canopied statue niche in its east splay. Central south nave window also has
a canopied statue niche in its east splay. In the chancel, the head of the
splay of the south west window is decorated with a band of leaves. Fleuron-
enriched vestry doorway with medieval door. Both nave and chancel have
cinquefoil piscinas. Remains of rood stair in south east nave; opposite is a
blocked doorway to another rood stair. C15 octagonal font, the carving now
lost. Good early C17 carved pulpit with bracketed bookboard and suspended
tester; a date 1620 was probably removed from the backboard. West nave has 8
plain bench-ends, probably medieval. Chancel stalls re-use 4 medieval
traceried panels and 2 poppyhead bench-ends. In the sanctuary is a medieval
misere seat with good carving. Nave floor has effigy brass,to William Corbald
and wife (c.1490). In the tower base is a C17 painted board in memory of
Stephen Humfrey and family. Splay of south west chancel window has C14
painted figure. Arms of Charles II on north nave wall.

Listing NGR: TM1557870863

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Source: English Heritage

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