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Description: Church of St John Lateran
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 283753
OS Grid Reference: TL8244968576
OS Grid Coordinates: 582449, 268576
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2850, 0.6734
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TL 86 NW HENGRAVE
4/46 Church of St. John Lateran
Formerly the parish church, now chapel to Hengrave Hall Conference Centre.
Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch, north aisle and chapel. Flint walling
with limestone dressings, low-pitched metal-finished roofs. Circular tower in
coursed flint, possibly pre-Conquest; clock, with hour-hand only, in west face.
Round-headed north and south belfry openings. Chancel has late C13 windows, 3-
light in eastwall, 2 2-light in south wall. Alterations for Sir Thos.
Hemegrave (died 1419) include: south porch, restored C19 in knapped flint with
flushwork, with labelled arched doorway, south nave doorway similar but more
ornate with angel finials, tall tower arch. Early C16 alterations for Sir
Thos. Kitson (died 1540) include: north aisle and chapel with large 3-light
windows, raising of nave walls with flushwork parapets, insertion of 2 large
south windows, north arcade with clustered columns and small clerestory windows
above, arch-braced cambered tie-beam roofs throughout (renewed/heavily restored
late C19). A segmental brick rood-stair turret in south wall perhaps C15. South
door C15, plain. Octagonal traceried C15 font. Late C13 wall paintings of
S.S. Catherine and Margaret on south chancel window reveal. Early C15 painted
inscription above south door in porch. Some fragments of C16 glass in aisle
windows. Canopied monument to Margaret, Countess of Bath, with her husband,
John Bourchier, beside her, and below her first husband Sir Thos. Kitson of
Hengrave Hall. An alabaster mural monument to Lord Darcy, also in the chapel.
In the chancel is a table tomb to John Bourchier, 1556, who was Lord
Fitzwarren. Also a magnificent tomb of Sir Thos. Kitson, son of the above,
with effigies of himself, his two wives, Jane Pagett and Elizabeth Cornwallis.
A bust commemorates Sir Thos. Gage who lived at the Hall, died 1741. The
monuments have much original colour and almost fill the chancel and chapel. For
details of church and monuments, John Gage, History of Suffolk, Thingoe
Listing NGR: TL8244968576
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Source: English Heritage
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