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Description: Church of St Andrew
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282230
OS Grid Reference: TM3791387238
OS Grid Coordinates: 637913, 287238
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4313, 1.4983
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ILKETSHALL ST. ANDREW SCHOOL ROAD
TM 38 NE
2/14 Church of St. Andrew
Parish church. C12, C14 and C15. Nave, chancel, south porch and west tower.
In rubble flint, with the remains of old render; coursed rubble to the lower
stages of the tower; freestone dressings. C20 plaintiled roofs. The round
tower has a later octagonal top stage, in which plain arched window openings
alternate with traceried flushwork panels simulating 2-light windows;
crenellated parapet, also with flushwork. One Norman slit window in the north
wall of the nave and a lancet in the north wall of the chancel; the remainder,
2-light-Perpendicular windows to nave, 2- and 3-light to chancel. Diagonal
buttresses at east end. Early Tudor red brick 2-storied porch with a moulded
depressed arch and diagonal buttresses. The rebuilt upper part is in
flintwork, with a reinstated statue of St. Andrew above the doorway. Inside,
a flat timber ceiling, holy water stoup, and a turret stair for the upper room
in the south-east corner. The north and south doorways are both Norman: plain
on the north, and on the south with one order of shafts, cushion capitals,
moulded abaci, enriched zig-zag ornament round the arch, and an old studded
door. Interior with a pointed early C14 tower arch and no chancel arch. 2
shallow niches in the south wall of the nave and another below the Norman slit
window in the north wall. The arms of Charles II carved in wood above the
tower arch. C15 octagonal font: each face of the bowl has a shield surrounded
by a cusped circle, and the 2-tier base has small clustered pilasters.
Hexagonal pulpit of circa 1700 with a shaped base and panels with very late
Jacobean-style decoration. C15 nave roof in 9 bays, with the common rafters
replaced in 7 of them: arched brace form, the solid collars immediately below
the apex with a hanging central boss and braces to the ridge-piece. Braces,
collars, purlins and wall-posts are all moulded, and along the wall between
the trusses are solid arched braces with carving in the spandrels. The
chancel roof, in 4 bays, is in the same style, and appears to be a C19 copy.
The front 4 pairs of benches in the nave have panelled backs: one is dated
1617 with initials S.A.; 3 early C16 benches in the chancel have fine
poppyheads, with signs of Renaissance influence. One C16 bench in the nave is
richly carved, with the name John Bonsey. A blocked recess in the south wall
of the chancel has a flamboyant ogee arch to its head. C17 altar rails with
carved balusters and moulded handrail. In the south-east corner, a simple
piscina with cavetto moulding to the pointed arch. The nave is paved with old
Listing NGR: TM3791387238
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