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Church of St Botolph, Burgh

Description: Church of St Botolph

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285417

OS Grid Reference: TM2236152277
OS Grid Coordinates: 622361, 252277
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1240, 1.2469

Location: B1079, Burgh, Suffolk IP13 6QB

Locality: Burgh
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP13 6QB

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There is also a scheduled monument, Settlement site around St Botolph's Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

TM 25 SW
2/53 Church of St Botolph
16/3/66 (formerly listed as
Church of St Andrew)
G.V. II*
Church. C14 and C15. Flint rubble with ashlar dressings and plain tile
roof. Nave and chancel with south-western porch-tower. Tower: south face:
ashlar quoins. Central ground-floor doorway with double-wave mould to the
ashlar surround and hood mould. Brick voussoirs above this. Quatrefoil
opening to first stage having a semi-circular hood mould. Belfry stage
opening of 2 lights with chamfered surround. Trefoil-headed ogee lights
and quatrefoil and mouchettes to apex. String course below the parapet
with central gargoyle. Flushwork tracery panels to the parapet with
cinquefoil head, being paired to the raised battlements. Eastern face:
similar save for the absence of a ground floor doorway. West face: similar
save for the absence of a quatrefoil opening. North face: abuts the church
to its lower body but has a similar belfry opening. Some brick infill to
the parapet flushwork. Nave: south face: porch tower to left. At right of
this is a 2-light Perpendicular window with cinquefoil heads to the lights
and tracery above. Buttress at extreme right with flushwork to the outer
face which dies back into the wall via 3 offsets. West face: (largely
rebuilt in the C19). Diagonal buttresses which die back into the corners
via 2 offsets. Central 3-light Perpendicular window with central ogee
light and tracery above having been largely replaced in the C19 but
possibly following an earlier pattern. North face: projecting buttress at
right of C19 date with knapped flint to the outer face. Doorway at right
of centre with hollow-chamfered and wave-moulded surround with hollow-
chamfered hood mould. At left of this is a 2-light Perpendicular window
with cinquefoil heads to the lights. Buttress at extreme left. Chancel:
south face: buttress to right of centre with 3 offsets. Immediately to the
left of this is a priest's door with ogee and hollow chamfers, hood mould
and label stops. To left is a 2-light Perpendicular window with cinquefoil
heads to the lights. To right of the buttress a 2-light late-Decorated
window with ogee heads to lights with cusps and a quatrefoil to the apex.
Eastern face: diagonal buttresses dying back into the corners by 2 offsets.
Ashlar quoins and coping. Roman bricks and tiling in fabric of wall.
Central C19 window of 3 Perpendicular lights with cinquefoil heads and a
hood mould and label stops. Northern face: to left is the projecting C19
vestry with a lean-to roof. Four-centered doorway at left.

Interior: Porch: door arch has doubled plain chamfers to its rebates with
hollow-chamfering and double-ogee mouldings to the arch. C14 plank door
with nailhead decoration and central, large, door handle of crescent shape
with highly domed plate which Munro Cautley dates as C13 (see below).
Nave: roof of 5 bays. The rectangular wall posts spring from wooden angel
corbels of C17 date with spread wings and praying hands. Attached to the
inward faces of the wall posts are semi-octagonal colonettes with moulded
capitals from which spring extended arched braces which rise to connect
with pendant posts at the level of the moulded purlins. These posts also
terminate in angels, here holding_shields, and those adjacent to the west
wall and the chancel arch face along the length of the church. Further
arched braces rise from these to the cambered collar beams which have
central suspended bosses. Richly decorated cornice with several layers of
roll and cavetto mouldings, fretwork panel with open circles, attenuated
trefoils and brattishing. Octagonal C17 pulpit with arched panels to
centre and decorated panels above and below, and projecting reading desk
above dentiled cornice supported on scroll-brackets. Chamfered chancel
arch with semi-octagonal piers to inner arch with mutilated bases and
capitals. The font is octagonal, C19 stem with blind traceried panels.
Octagonal bowl with recut flowers to underside. The eight side-panels show
the symbols of the evangelists and angels bearing crowns which are in a
similar style to those wooden angel bosses in the roof. The heads appear
to have been re-cut in the C17. In the north wall is a blocked window with
a mural painting by Anna Zinkeisen in memory of her husband Col.Guy
Heseltine of c.1967 showing Birds of the Bible. In the south wall is a
recess with a square, chamfered surround, formerly containing a door,
behind which is a round-arched recess with a quatrefoil piscina bowl to the
bottom which may have been carved at a later date. Chancel: roof of 3
bays. Similar, though on a smaller scale, to the nave roof. The angels
here have separated feathers to the wings, and appear to be of late C15 or
early C16. Chest with lattice ironwork to lid and sides with much nailhead
decoration and complicated locking mechanism with 3 tongues, cross bar and
padlock ring, probably of C16 date. Decorated piscina with cinquefoil head
and chamfered surround with run out stops to the bottom.
Sources: Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk, 1975
H Munro Cautley, Suffolk Churches, 1982

Listing NGR: TM2236152277

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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