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Church of All Saints, Wordwell

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 284186

OS Grid Reference: TL8280472035
OS Grid Coordinates: 582804, 272035
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3160, 0.6805

Location: B1106, Wordwell, Suffolk IP28 6UW

Locality: Wordwell
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP28 6UW

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Listing Text


6/65 Church of All Saints

- I

Parish church, now redundant. C11, restored 1868, by the Rev. E.R. Benyon.
Nave and chancel in rubble flint, mainly coursed: C19 bellcote on west wall in
kidney flint. Freestone dressings, plaintiled roofs. Each window is different
but all in Decorated style. A mid C19 timber south porch. Of north and south
doorways, with marked Saxon influence in the decoration. Both have identical
form: nook-shafts, capitals with volutes, and a heavy roll-moulding to the arch
above, enclosing a carved tympanum. The tympanum over the south doorway is a
striking, well-executed design of 2 dogs facing each other, with an intricately
interlaced tree of life between them. The tympanum over the blocked north
doorway has the decoration facing inwards: this is a strange, crudely-executed
design, with 2 figures, one holding up a ring, and a grid-like implement
between them. Possibly St. Katherine with her wheel and St. Lawrence with a
gridiron. There is a single small figure in the same style on the side of the
right hand capital of the south doorway. The inner arches of both doorways are
completely plain. The interior of the nave is filled with C15 benches with
poppy-heads, the 8 front benches with carved animal figures beside the poppy-
heads, and traceried and panelled ends and backs. The fourth bench on the
south side is carved with a lively design of wild boars and figures with human
faces and animal or grotesque bodies, the latter with pointed caps. Plain,
circular Norman font on a heavy, repaired base with a central supporting shaft
and 3 outer shafts with damaged carved heads below the bowl. Of chancel arch,
with similar decorative treatment to the north and south doorways: nook shafts,
volutes to capitals, roll-moulding to west side of arch. In addition, the
abaci are carved with an unusual chain-like motif. The remainder of the
interior, the whole chancel, the pulpit and the roofs all date from the 1868
restoration. (For details of the interior before 1868 see Munro Cautley,
'Suffolk Churches and their Treasures', p.325).

Listing NGR: TL8280472035

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Source: English Heritage

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