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Church of St Mary, Pakenham

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 283667

OS Grid Reference: TL9298867063
OS Grid Coordinates: 592988, 267063
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2678, 0.8269

Location: Church Hill, Pakenham, Suffolk IP31 2LN

Locality: Pakenham
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP31 2LN

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Listing Text


4/69 Church of St. Mary

Parish church. C12 and later, extended and extensively restored 1849, by SS.
Teulon. Cruciform plan, with low central tower. Tower has coursed rabble
flint walling to lower stage, later freestone diagonal buttresses. Octagonal
C14 upper part, with cusped 2-light windows and crenellated parapet rebuilt in
gault brick. Nave and chancel in rubble flint with freestone dressings. Traces
of a lower roofline in the west gable wall of the nave indicate a late medieval
heightening. 2 identical Romanesque doorways in west and south walls with one
order of shafts, scalloped capitals and heavy roll-mould. 5-light west window
with perpendicular tracery, copied in the east window in the mid C19. Also mid
C19, the poppy-head benches, pulpit, and open timber roof in the nave. Ornate
C15 font, possibly restored, has figures of 4 monks around base, emblems of the
4 Evangelists interspersed with a dragon, lamb, unicorn and pelican, all
symbols relevant to baptism, around the bowl. Tall wooden font cover, C20,
carved in traditional style. C12 chancel arch: moulded with one hollow and one
half-roll, saltire crosses in the abaci, nook shafts. Fragments of medieval
rood-screen incorporated in later work. Chancel has 8 C15 poppy-head bench
ends reused in later stalls. Late C17 black ledger slabs on floor. Late C17 communion
rails with twisted balusters. Barrel roof, with the eastern bay over altar treated
as a canopy of honour with C19 Gothic decoration. North and south transepts and
porch by Teulon, south trensept said to be a rebuilding. All are faced with kidney
flints: Early English style. Open timber roofs. Interior of north transept divided
by a Gothic timber screen, with decorative cresting, to make a vestry. The east
and west walls of the south transept each have a funeral hatchment. Fixed outside
against the south wall of the chancel are the remains of 4 medieval stone coffin-
lids; against the east wall, 3 ornate C18 headstones. C19 vestry, in north-east
angle of chancel and transept, has 5 ornate C18 headstones against north wall,
2 with feet also.

Listing NGR: TL9298867063

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Source: English Heritage

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