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Description: Church of St Andrew
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282125
OS Grid Reference: TM3661279292
OS Grid Coordinates: 636612, 279292
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3606, 1.4736
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TM 37 NE WISSETT
5/51 Church of St. Andrew
Parish church. C12, C14 and later. Rubble flint, coursed to tower, the rest
random, with remains of old plaster; rendered east end; plaintiled roofs.
Nave, chancel, south porch, and west tower. C12 round tower with 3
original slit windows in the intermediate stages; later windows to the top
stage, plain single-light with pointed heads; string course with gargoyle
heads; crenellated top. C14 south porch: shallow-pitched lead roof, diagonal
buttresses with flushwork panels, shields in the spandrels of the entrance
arch with the emblems of the Passion and the Trinity. Norman north and south
doorways to the nave: on the south, one order of shafts, and a roll-moulding
with an outer frieze of beasts' heads touching it with their chins; on the
north, a far finer doorway with 2 orders of engaged shafts, one with spiral
and the other with zigzag decoration; volute and scalloped capitals; one arch
with zigzag moulding, the other with lunettes, the whole surrounded by an
outer arch and jambs with billet moulding. Perpendicular 2-light windows with
traceried heads to nave. The chancel windows are paired lancets set into
earlier rounded openings, and the east window has 3 lights with pointed heads
within a single arch, all in simple Gothick style of c.1800. C15 porch with a
blocked traceried window in each side wall and an open timber roof: embattled
cornice, moulded trimmers, and carved bosses at the intersections. Within the
nave, to the east of the south door, remains of a holy water stoup. C15
octagonal font, with the emblems of the Evangelists alternating with angels
carrying shields around the bowl, and lions alternating with wild men around
the base. The seating in the nave is mainly Victorian, but some old poppyhead
bench-ends have been incorporated with later benches. The Arms of George III
over the north door. An arched braced roof in 6 bays, without collars, but
with an ogee-moulded tie-beam to every alternate truss. To the east of the
window in the north-east corner of the nave is a section of the rood-loft
stairs, high up; to the west of the same window, 2 plain recesses. A simple
square Jacobean pulpit, the corners chamfered. An empty trefoil-headed niche
in the jamb of the south-east nave window and the remains of a piscina in the
south-east corner. All the nave windows contain fragments of medieval stained
glass. The chancel has been Victorianised: 4 old poppyhead bench-ends are
reused in later benches. On the floor, a black ledger slab with a brass to
Elizabeth Blomfield (d.1638).
Listing NGR: TM3661279292
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Source: English Heritage
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