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Description: Church of Ss Peter and Paul
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 283985
OS Grid Reference: TL9410673620
OS Grid Coordinates: 594106, 273620
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3263, 0.8470
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TL 9273-9373 BARDWELL CHURCH ROAD (East Side)
5/8 Church of SS Peter & Paul
Parish church. C15 west tower: rubble flint, on a checkerwork base of stone
and knapped flint. 4 ashlar-faced buttresses, 2 diagonal. External stair
turret on the south side. The string-courses differ on each face: 4 on north,
3 on south, 5 on west. One 2-light window with cusped traceried head over west
doorway, and similar windows on all 4 faces of the top stage. Clock on the
south face. Small lead-covered spire. 6 bells. Early C15 south porch in
knapped flint on a chequerwork base. Diagonal buttresses: battlements with
panels of flushwork. South face has flushwork panels, and 3 canopied niches
with mid-C19 statues. In the spandrels of the arch over the doorway are the
arms of Sir William de Bardewell (d.1434) and his wife. 2 2-light windows with
cusped traceried heads. The open timber roof, restored as a memorial in 1852,
has miniature hammer-beams with shields. Early C19 gault bricks on floor. Nave
in random flint, with remains of external stucco. Battlemented slate roof.
Range of 5 tall 2-light C14 windows with reticulated tracery. Fine single
hammer-beam roof in 12 short bays: the arched braces to the hammers
alternately long and short to fit over the windows. A carved pendant hangs
from the apex of each truss. Extensive remains of painting: trailing floral
designs, diagonal stripes, and simulated tracery in the spandrels of the arched
braces. Angel figures remain on only 4 hammer-beams, one carrying an open book
with the date 1421. On north and south walls, traces of wall-paintings
uncovered during restoration in 1850's (see Procs. Suff. Inst. Arch. Vol.II,
for detailed, illustrated account). Mid C19 poppy-head benches: low Jacobean
panelling along walls. Plain octagonal C19 font: older font lying on floor
nearby. War memorial in blocked north doorway: arms of George II above. On
north wall, memorial to Bardwell men killed in Crimean War. Standing in north-
east corner, 4 finely traceried panels from C15 rood screen. The two windows
at the north-east end have medieval stained glass, including a portrait figure
of Sir William de Berdewell. Mid C19 timber pulpit. Narrow chancel arch, with
a squint on each side. In south east corner, a piscina, and door to rood
stair, with opening above. Chancel extensively restored in 1850's. Faced in
kidney flints: knapped flint and ashlar to buttresses. 3-light memorial east
window, 1863: stained glass by O'Connor. Archbraced roof: high collars,
capitals with winged angels carrying a scroll, crown, musical instrument, etc.
Whitewashed stone reredos in Victorian Early English style. Various memorials:
on north wall to members of the Crofts and Reade families: on south wall, to
Thomas Read, 1658, and a large monument to John Read and his wife, with their
kneeling figures flanked by those of their 7 children, 1651/2.
Listing NGR: TL9410673620
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Source: English Heritage
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