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Church of St Nicholas, The Saxhams

Description: Church of St Nicholas

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 283824

OS Grid Reference: TL7992663714
OS Grid Coordinates: 579926, 263714
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2422, 0.6339

Location: the Saxhams, Suffolk IP29 5LD

Locality: The Saxhams
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP29 5LD

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Listing Text



- I

Church; mediaeval. Nave, chancel, south porch, north aisle, north chapel, west
tower. Flint rubble walling with limestone dressings; low-pitched leaded roofs
(porch roof plaintiled). Round tower C11 or C12 with shafted belfry openings
on 4 sides; 2 blank arches between each opening forming continuous arcade;
billet-moulded cornice below; first floor tower slit windows with semi circular
heads; lower west window with chevron ornament. C14 crenellated parapet and 4
gargoyles. Other C11 or C12 work: south doorway with shafts having volute
capitals, roll-moulded arch and plain tympanum; niche in west nave wall,
probably reset C14 - from north doorway; tall narrow tower arch with chamfered
impost; doorway to tower chamber from nave. North aisle mid C14; 2 traceried
windows, simple north doorway, chamfered arcade with clerestory windows above,
low-pitched tie-beam roof with ovolo mouldings and massive arch-braces having
soffit-cusping. South porch mid-C14 with 2 square-headed windows and arched
doorway having pilasters with bell-spread base, holy water stoup beside
doorway; parapet gable has inset sundial and grotesque finial ; C19 scissor-
braced coupled rafter roof. C14 north chancel door. Nave roof C14, of
principal rafter type (restored C19) with crenellated parapets and gargoyle on
south side. Cambered tie-beam chancel roof, C19. Chancel arch C15 with
pilasters. Early C16 alterations: north chapel with large 5-light window; 3-
light windows in south nave and chancel walls (all restored C19). Doorway and
steps to rood-loft, and piscina for side chapel in north aisle. Simple C15
piscina in south wall of sanctuary. C15 octagonal font with C17 oak pyramid
cover having acorn finial. 2 sections from the C15 buttressed and arcaded rood
screen lying in nave and aisle. Mid C18 oak altar rail reset from Little
Livermere Church. Octagonal pulpit, early C17 with arcaded panels, canopy and
back; restored 1891. Poppy head benches in nave with carved animals and birds
on poppy heads and buttresses; one bench has traceried ends and angel
buttresses. Oak eagle lectern 1893. Stained glass in east chancel window
dated 1899; in south window 1901. In the chancel the cenotaph of Thomas
Fitzlucas of Little Saxham Hall, died 1531; square frame with arched head,
inset escutcheons and flanking pilasters. In the chapel the baroque tomb of
William, Baron Crofts (died 1677) by Abraham Storey, a mural monument to
Elizabeth, Lady Crofts (died 1642) by Henry Bowden.

Listing NGR: TL7992663714

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Source: English Heritage

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