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Church of St Mary, Worlingworth

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281396

OS Grid Reference: TM2336468642
OS Grid Coordinates: 623364, 268642
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2705, 1.2724

Location: Church Street, Worlingworth, Suffolk IP13 7NT

Locality: Worlingworth
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP13 7NT

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Listing Text

TM 26 NW
5/115 Church of St Mary
- I
Parish church. Medieval, restored 1866. Nave, chancel, west tower, south
porch. Flint rubble with stone dressings. Nave roof leaded, chancel
plaintiled. Mid C15 square tower, 23m high; 4-stage diagonal buttresses with
chequer flushwork; crenellated parapet, restored mid C20. Moulded west
doorway with shield-carved spandrels; above is a renewed 3-light window. 2-
light belfry openings. 4-bay nave, completed c.1478, with contemporary porch.
Both are enriched with various flushwork designs on plinth and buttresses.
Large 3-light windows. Good south doorway with 2 orders of shafts and many
continuous mouldings; original door. Moulded north doorway with one order of
shafts supporting a hoodmould; the jambs and arch are also carved with
fleurons, masks and beasts' heads; original door. Fine porch, the facade with
further flushwork designs and arched panelling above; moulded entrance arch,
the spandrels carved with St George and the dragon; empty canopied statue
niche; crenellated parapet with flushwork. Original roof with moulded
timbers. 3-bay chancel of c.1300, the 2-light side windows and Priest's
doorway substantially intact; 4-light east window with Geometric tracery. The
windows are hoodmoulded internally. Interior. Nave has a fine original 9-bay
double hammerbeam roof: pierced tracery above the lower hammerbeams and above
the collars; enriched cornice; the angels at the ends of the lower hammerbeams
are a mid C20 addition. Arched-braced chancel roof of 1866. Chancel has
intact angle piscina of c.1300 with a drop-sill sedilia adjacent; a further
piscina in the south-east nave. In north-east corner of nave is the roof loft
stair with original arched entrances above and below. C15 octagonal font on a
wide, 2-stepped base; bowl panels carved with Signs of the Evangelists and
shield-bearing angels; 4 lions against the stem, at the base of which is an
original inscription. Tall C15 font cover with crocketed and buttressed
canopy, much restored; it was re-painted and gilded in 1963. Fine and unusual
set of early C17 nave box pews, splaying outwards to west: carved ends with
knob finials and back-to-back consoles; a carved panel to the front of one
bench at the east end bears the date 1630. Early C17 carved hexagonal pulpit
with suspended tester; later wooden base and other alteration. Dado of C15
rood screen with 6 2-light traceried panels. Mid-late C19 chancel furnishings
including marble and stone reredos. Chancel contains 3 good wall monuments:
Sir John Major (1781); Dame Ann Henniker (1792); Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of
Chandos (1813); for details see Pevsner. Several C17-C18 ledger slabs in
nave. Tracery of nave windows contains fragments of C15 glass. Small remains
of medieval wall painting on north nave wall; on south-east wall part of
another painting, showing a fleur-de-lys and crown. Framed Arms of George
III, c.1810, on north nave wall.

Listing NGR: TM2336468642

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Source: English Heritage

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