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Church of St Peter and St Paul, Wangford with Henham

Description: Church of St Peter and St Paul

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 281917

OS Grid Reference: TM4659279119
OS Grid Coordinates: 646592, 279119
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3546, 1.6198

Location: 8 Church Street, Wangford, Suffolk NR34 8RA

Locality: Wangford with Henham
Local Authority: Waveney District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR34 8RA

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Listing Text


7/52 Church of St. Peter and
- St. Paul (formerly
27/11/54 listed as Church of St.


Parish church. Mid C15 nave, north aisle and north porch; restored 1864-70.
Tower of 1864; chancel and south vestry of 1875, all by E.L. Blackburne in a
modified Perpendicular style with French Gothic influence. Random flint
rubble, stone dressings; pantiled roof to nave, plaintiled roofs to chancel
and vestry, all with crest tiles. The tower is at the east end of the north
aisle: square, with angle buttresses at the corners and a staircase turret at
the south-east angle; various moulded stone string courses; large 2-light bell
chamber openings, each with 3 blank quatrefoil panels at the base; crenellated
parapet with panelled flushwork and crocketed pinnacles. 3-bay aisle with 3-
light Perpendicular windows. Simple porch, slightly earlier than the aisle to
which it is attached: there is a moulded entrance arch with an empty cusped
niche above. C14 moulded arch to nave doorway. To the west the nave has
flanking turrets capped by spirelets and a 4-light window; to the south are 3
3-light perpendicular windows and 3 flying buttresses. 2-bay chancel; 4-light
east window below which is a flushwork frieze and inscription to Johannes
Rous, Earl of Stradbroke, dated 1875. Both nave and chancel have flat
parapets. Interior. 3-bay aisle arcade, the eastern bay formed in mid C19.
Both the nave and aisle are unusually wide. 4-bay C15 nave roof: arched-
braced embattled tie beams alternate with high collars; at the apex are large
bosses, some in the form of human heads. 3-bay C15 aisle roof. Ornate 4-bay
chancel roof with arched-bracing and angels at the foot of each wallpost. C15
octagonal font with a quatrefoil panel to each face of the bowl. Fine reading
desk and pulpit with much elaborate inlaid work: these were orignally part of
one C17 structure at Henham Hall. The chancel has good choirstalls and
elaborately-carved stone reredos, piscina and sedilia, all of 1875. In the
aisle are wall monuments to Sir John Rous (1652) and John Rous (1771); on the
south nave wall are monuments to John, First Earl of Stradbroke (1827) by
Behnes, and to John Rous (1730): a rococo cartouche against an obelisk, with 3
winged cherubs beneath. Several windows with late C19 stained glass.

Listing NGR: TM4659279119

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Source: English Heritage

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