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Church of St Andrew, Cotton

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 29 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 281600

OS Grid Reference: TM0700866923
OS Grid Coordinates: 607008, 266923
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2615, 1.0320

Location: Church Road, Cotton, Suffolk IP14 4QZ

Locality: Cotton
Local Authority: Mid Suffolk District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP14 4QZ

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Listing Text

TM 06 NE
2/15 Church of St Andrew

Parish church. C14 with C15 clerestorey. Restoration of 1890 (tower) and
1903. Aisled nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Flint rubble with stone
dressings; the chancel and south aisle are rendered. Nave and aisle roofs
leaded, the chancel plaintiled. Square 3-stage tower with embattled parapet.
West face has heavy angle buttresses, between which is a very tall arched
opening, said to be of later date, to light the 3-light west nave window
(renewed). Above is a group of 3 trefoil-headed niches, with single niches at
this level to north and south. 2-light belfry openings with large louvres of
1890. 5-bay aisles have good original 2-light windows; 3-light windows to
east, one renewed. Very fine south doorway: jambs have 3 orders of shafts
with foliage capitals; moulded arch, the central order comprising a richly-
carved band of foliage; the hoodmould is enriched with similar foliage, and
has one large but mutilated corbel. The carving of the arch retains much
original colour. Fine original traceried doors. Good porch: flushwork panels
each side of entrance with remains of more elaborate flushwork above. Moulded
arch with foliage capitals. Intact 2-light side windows. 9-bay clerestorey
has 2-light windows divided by square flushwork panels. 3-bay chancel: 2-
light segmental-headed side windows, largely original; hoodmoulds with
finials, linked to form a string course. 5-light east window, the tracery
renewed. East end has flanking crocketted pinnacles below which are cusped
ogee niches. Interior. 5-bay arcades have quatrefoil piers and moulded
capitals. Similar chancel arch, the capitals mutilated. Fine late C15 nave
roof in 10 bays, with alternate double hammerbeam and arched-braced trusses;
much enrichment, including brattishing, some of it renewed. Easternmost bay
boarded as canopy of honour. Aisle roofs largely renewed. Boarded chancel
ceiling, the roof also renewed. Fine piscina with enriched arch; a similar
triple arch over the adjoining drop-sill sedilia is only one-third complete.
In north aisle is an ogee-arched tomb recess. Font has octagonal bowl with
trefoil-arched panels; around the stem, which is not contemporary with the
bowl, are 8 human figures. Nave retains 14 simple medieval benches with flat
ends; one C15 bench has good carved poppyhead ends. Early C17 carved pulpit
and turned altar rails. Some medieval stained glass, notably in the heads of
4 north clerestorey windows. For further notes see Pevsner and church guide
by Roy Tricker.

Listing NGR: TM0700866923

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Source: English Heritage

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