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Church of St Peter, Nowton

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 July 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 284442

OS Grid Reference: TL8633060467
OS Grid Coordinates: 586330, 260467
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2109, 0.7258

Location: Nowton, Suffolk IP29 5NA

Locality: Nowton
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP29 5NA

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Listing Text


4/21 Church of St. peter

Parish church. C12, C13 and C14; much restored and enlarged in 1843. In
random flint, extensively repointed, with freestone quoins and dressings. Old
plain-tiled roofs: a small pitched dormer on each side of the nave roof, and
Victorian ornamental ridge-tiles. Simple Norman south doorway, and a C12
north doorway, with keeled roll-moulding and one order of shafts with volute
capitals, incorporated into a north aisle in Victorian Romanesque style. A
small plain Norman window has also been reused at the east end of this aisle.
Early C13 chancel. 2-light ogee-headed windows to north and south, and a 3-
light east window with intersecting tracery and mouchettes. Angle buttresses
at the east end. Unbuttressed C14 tower in 3 stages: plain base; freestone
quoins, dressings and string-courses; stone facing to the crenellated parapet,
which has damaged pinnacles at the corners. A 2-light window with flowing
tracery to the lowest stage of the west face, a single cinquefoil-headed
window in the second stage, and a 2-light cusped Y-tracery window to each face
of the top stage. A canted stair-turret on the south side with a conical
roof. Very little original work survives inside: most of the fittings, and
the north arcade in Romanesque style, date from the 1843 restoration.
Extensively restored screen. A simple trefoil-headed piscina, and a stone
reredos with cinquefoil panels, in the chancel. A high canopied niche on each
side of the east window. Steeply-pitched roofs to nave and chancel: arch-
braced, with mouldings to purlins and braces; 4 bays to nave, 2 bays with
lower collars to chancel; shields at the intersections, and curious lozenge-
shaped carved bosses added later. A feature of the church are the numerous
small roundels of engraved C16/C17 Flemish glass in the nave and chancel
windows, about 75 in all, set into brightly-coloured surrounds of C19 stained
glass. These were brought 'from monasteries in Brussels' in the early C19 by
Orbell Ray Oakes, who lived at Nowton Court. Various memorial tablets on the
walls, mainly to the Oakes family; the marble monument to Elizabeth Frances
Oakes, d.1811, by John Bacon Jnr. shows a draped female figure kneeling beside
a sarcophagus.

Listing NGR: TL8633060467

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Source: English Heritage

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