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Church of St Mary, Benhall

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285063

OS Grid Reference: TM3720961861
OS Grid Coordinates: 637209, 261861
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2039, 1.4701

Location: Deadman's Lane, Benhall, Suffolk IP17 1JL

Locality: Benhall
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP17 1JL

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Listing Text


2/2 Church of St Mary


Parish church. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch, north transept and
north vestry. Random flint with stone dressings; slated roof to nave and lead
roof to chancel. C15 tower, unbuttressed: 2 light bell chamber openings to each
face with a further cinquefoil-headed bell chamber opening to west; crenellated
parapet with flushwork decoration; string course to base of parapet with stone
carvings at intervals; west doorway with original plank door, hood mould with carved
shields as label stops. Nave and chancel largely C15, considerably restored C19
with renewed windows, although east window probably largely original. Priest's
doorway renewed, with C19 shallow gabled porch. C12 south door to nave with one
order of colonettes and chevron moulding to front and soffit of arch, considerably
restored. C15 south porch: doorway arch decorated with'fleurons; empty niche above
door. North transept and vestry are mid C19 additions in the Perpendicular style,
the vestry with an east window to match that of the chancel. Interior with a good
set of C19 box pews, C17 octagonal pulpit, plain C19 font, C19 west gallery. Arms
of George III above south nave door. The east window contains 4 coloured armorial
shields. Brasses to Edward Duke and Dorothy his wife (1598) and to Ambrose Duke
and Elizabeth his ife (1610), both in chancel floor. Good hanging monument on
north chancel wall to Sir Edward Duke (d. 1732) and others of his family: large
inscribed plate flanked by marble columns and supported on consoles; pedimented top
with 2 putti. Arched recess within north chancel wall contains memorial tablets
to Edmund Holland (d.1884) and Edward Holland (d.1829). South transept now
screened by organ; the chapel was dedicated in 1978. Graded II" for interior

Listing NGR: TM3720961861

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Source: English Heritage

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