Church of St Botolph, North Cove
Description: Church of St Botolph
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282180
OS Grid Reference: TM4616289390
OS Grid Coordinates: 646162, 289390
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4470, 1.6210
Location: Lowestoft Road, North Cove, Suffolk NR34 7PD
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NORTH COVE LOWESTOFT ROAD
TM 48 NE
6/29 Church of St. Botolph
Parish church. Medieval; chancel restored 1874, nave re-floored and re-seated
1886. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Flint rubble, formerly
plastered, with stone dressings; the tower incorporates a considerable amount
of brick, with brick quoins and window openings. Continuous thatched roof.
Square unbuttressed tower, probably C15: lancet west window, single-light
belfry openings. Later crenellated parapet. The north east nave quoin is
composed of field stones, suggesting the nave fabric is Cll or earlier; it has
been heightened and extended to the west. Good C12 south nave doorway with
colonnettes to the jambs and 3 decorative orders to the arch, including
chevrons and large nailheads. Simple C13 north doorway; the adjacent lancet
window is also C13 but has been rebuilt in brick. The other nave windows are
C15, with square heads. C14 porch with original side windows; knapped flint
facade, the gable rebuilt in brick with lozenge pattern flushwork, probably in
C18. 2-bay chancel: the lower walls are probably C12, the remainder rebuilt
in C14. 2-light windows, largely renewed; 3-light window with reticulated
tracery, renewed in C19. Interior. No chancel arch. Arch-braced nave roof
of 4 bays, probably C15; the rafters are ceiled over. The wall posts rest on
original wooden corbels carved as heads. The easternmost roof bay has a
crenellated wallplate. In the chancel is a restored piscina with cusped ogee
arch, and adjacent a drop-sill sedilia. Well-preserved early C15 octagonal
font, the faces of the bowl carved alternately with angels bearing shields and
with lions; under the bowl there are heads with headdresses (cf. Gisleham).
On the north wall of the nave are 3 painted biblical texts within circular
panels, said to be of late C17 date; there is a 4th in the chancel. There are
extensive C14 murals on the north and south chancel walls, showing scenes from
the life of Christ. In the nave there are 2 late C18 and early C19 wall
monuments to members of the Farr family. One hatchment is placed over the
north door of the nave.
Listing NGR: TM4616289390
Source: English Heritage
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