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Church of All Saints, Fornham All Saints

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 284074

OS Grid Reference: TL8375267623
OS Grid Coordinates: 583752, 267623
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2760, 0.6920

Location: 12 Aldridge Lane, Fornham All Saints, Suffolk IP28 6JX

Locality: Fornham All Saints
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP28 6JX

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Listing Text


3/10 Church of All Saints


Parish church. C12, C13, C14 and C15, restored 1863/4. Nave, chancel, west
tower, south porch, north and south aisles and north transept, in rubble flint
with freestone dressings. C20 plaintiled roofs to nave and chancel. Small,
unbuttressed tower without a west door: 3 stages with fine grotesque gargoyles
below the parapet. The parapet and pinnacles were added in 1864. Remains of
coursed rubble flint in the north wall of the nave, and one Y-tracery window
at the west end of the south wall. C12 south doorway with one order of
shafts, volute capitals, each different, and a roll-moulded arch. C15 south
porch, faced in black knapped flint, with a shallow gabled parapet faced with
stone quatrefoils; a central niche and crocketted pinnacles at the angles. A
2-bay open timber roof with ogee-mouldings to joists and cross beams and
carved bosses at the intersections: the central boss, a bearded human face
with protruding tongue, is particularly fine. Chancel with windows in
Decorated style: flowing tracery to both windows on north side, with evidence
in the walling for earlier window openings; 3-light east window with
reticulated tracery. The north transept has a shallow-pitched lead roof and
was extensively restored in 1864. Perpendicular north aisle with 2-light
windows. Late C15 south aisle, the same height as the nave, which was added
to the south wall of the porch and extends beyond the east end of the nave: 3
2-light Perpendicular windows on the south side, and a renewed 3-light east
window; a fine crenellated parapet with flushwork panels bearing various
initials and shields and the inscriptions 'IHS HAVE MERCY'. A row of
gargoyles below the parapet. Nave interior with a fine set of 8 pairs of C15
benches with poppyheads, one pair also with animals carved on the armrests. 3
benches in the same style in the north aisle. Nave with a plain scissor-
braced rafter roof; north aisle roof with ogee-moulded main timbers and
joists, arched bracing to the principals, carved bosses; south aisle roof C19
restored. A C15 doorway with panelled jambs and carved spandrels leads from
the east end of the north aisle into the north transept, now the vestry. The
south aisle has a simple piscina and the remains of niches in the south-east
and north-east angles, the former with a decorated canopy. Victorianised
chancel, with a boarded and decorated roof.

Listing NGR: TL8375267623

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Source: English Heritage

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