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Church of St Margaret, St Margaret, South Elmham

Description: Church of St Margaret

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 September 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 282325

OS Grid Reference: TM3141083967
OS Grid Coordinates: 631410, 283967
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4047, 1.4006

Location: The Street, St Margaret South Elmham, Suffolk IP20 0HN

Locality: St Margaret, South Elmham
Local Authority: Waveney District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP20 0HN

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There is also a scheduled monument, Moated Site at the Old Rectory, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

TM 38 SW

4/65 Church of St. Margaret
1 .9.53


Parish Church. C12, C14 and C15. Nave, chancel, south porch, west tower,
north vestry. Rubble flint with traces of old render; slate roofs; freestone
dressings, but no stone quoins to the corners of the nave. The early C14
tower has a mixture of black knapped flint and freestone to its lower stages
and diagonal buttresses on the west with freestone details; it is capped by a
low pitched hipped roof and has no parapet. On the south, a square
quatrefoiled window, and on the north a similar window containing an 8-spoked
wheel. The porch has an upper room accessible from the newel stair in the
stair turret on the south side of the tower. The front wall of the porch,
which is in knapped flint and red brick, has 2 single-light windows with a
cinquefoil niche between them. Inside is a fine set of stocks. Simple Norman
south doorway with one order of shafts, roll moulding, volute capitals, and
small vertical zigzags in the abaci. To the south of the doorway, the remains
of a stoup with trefoil head. A Norman slit window in the south wall of the
nave, the remaining windows are Perpendicular, 2-light. Interior of nave with
C19 pulpit and benches with poppyheads. Beside the pulpit, the rood stairs
with a blocked upper door. Octagonal C15 font: 4 lions against the stem, and
on the bowl the signs of the 4 Evangelists alternating with 4 demi-figures of
angels; Jacobean cover, with console brackets. Nave roof in 6 bays, arch-
braced; moulding to braces and purlins; embattled and brattished cornice;
reinstated shields with carved emblems to the feet of the braces. A small
section of the lower part of the chancel arch screen stands in the chancel:
the 4 panels are painted with figures, now very faint. Chancel with 3-light
east window. In the north wall, a small Easter Sepulchre with panelled and
traceried base and an ogee gable to the recess above, crocketed and pinnacled.
Early C18 marble mural monuments in Classical style. Boarded and stained
roof. In the vestry, a window with C14 glass with tabernacle and border work.

Listing NGR: TM3141083967

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Source: English Heritage

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