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Description: Church of All Saints
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285487
OS Grid Reference: TM3535244328
OS Grid Coordinates: 635352, 244328
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0473, 1.4309
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HOLLESLEY (off) FOX HILL
TM 34 SE
11/121 Church of All Saints
Church. Early C13, mid C15 and c.1886. Rubble and knapped flint, with ashlar
dressings and slate roof. West tower, nave with north aisle and chancel.
Tower: west front: slightly projecting plinth with arcade of cusped lancets in
flushwork, most of the flint has been replaced by bricks. Diagonal buttresses
with ashlar dressings to their inner angles with 2 x 2 panels if flushwork to
their outer faces dying back into the corners of the tower after offsets.
Central Perpendicular ground floor doorway with ashlar surround which has
double-ogee and billet mouldings. Ashlar spandrels above bearing coats of
arms, now heavily weathered. The door is of C20 date and has 4 canopied
panels containing staff-motifs and Perpendicular tracery motifs above with
bands of decoration to the stiles. String course to top of the doorway.
Above this is a small vacant niche with cusped trefoil head. Above this a 3-
light Perpendicular window with cinquefoil heads to the lights and plate
tracery. A stone band extends across the tower at the level of the first
offset above which is a trefoil-headed opening with square hoodmould.
Circular clock face above that of C18 or early-C19 date. Band between clock
stage and belfry which has a 2-light early-Perpendicular opening with ogee
heads to the lights and a quatrefoil to the apex. String course below the
level of the parapet which has stepped battlements and an arcade of flushwork
lancets also incorporating a circle with 4 mouchettes and the crowned initial.
M. Shafts of corner pinnacles now reduced in height. South face: similar
save for the absence of a door, lower window and clock face. Cusped lancet
placed slightly to left of centre and at right is the canted staircase turret
which has a rectangular lancet and quatrefoil-light to its south western face.
Within the flushwork arcade to the outer face of the right hand buttress is a
reset piscina. North face: bare to its lower stages but with a similar belfry
opening. The parapet has a shield with chequer motif to left. East face:
abuts the nave to its lower body but has a similar belfry opening and parapet,
the parapet flushwork being little altered. Nave: south face: 4 bays, those 3
at right divided by buttresses with one further buttress at extreme right.
Doorway to left with hollow chamfer and hoodmould. Left hand window of 2
lights with Y-tracery of C19 date possibly following an earlier model. Two
Perpendicular windows to right of this with 2 ogee-headed lights and
mouchettes and quatrefoil to the apex. North face: aisle has rubble walling
of c.1886 with paired lancets in ashlar surrounds divided by buttresses.
Chancel: lower ridge but the walls are flush with those of the nave. South
face: 2 windows, similar to those at right of nave on this side. Between them
is a buttress with 2 offsets and panels of flushwork tracery to its outer
face. Immediately to its left is a priest's door with wave moulded surround
of C19 date but with a hoodmould perhaps of an earlier date. North face:
similar save for the absence of a priest's door. East face: diagonal
buttresses, with flushwork panels to the outer faces. Central 3-light
Perpendicular window with cinquefoil heads. Interior: Roof of C19 date having
common rafters with arch braces and collars springing from a cornice with
double row of brattishing. Octagonal C15 font with octagonal column with
buttresses to the corners. Square flowers and gargoyles below the bowl which
has recessed panels holding shields and roses against cusped background.
Tower arch with wave mouldings and semi-octagonal piers with moulded capitals
and bases. The arcade to the north aisle dates in part from an earlier aisle.
Four arches with central octagonal plan flanked by circular piers, all having
moulded capitals and bases. Fragments of the earlier arcade have been mixed
in with C19 copies to form this reconstruction. The central column has a
wholly new capital and much renewed stone to the shaft. The lateral piers
less altered. C17 pulpit of oak set on C19 base of ashlar having 3 tiers of
decorated panels and a reading desk. Decorated piscina in nave south wall
with cusped head. Eight C15 benches survive with poppyhead finials and animal
pinnacles to the arm rests. These have been closely followed in the design of
a further 32 pews this century. Chancel: divided from the nave by a truss
with cusped arch braces. Roof similar to that of the nave. Dividing the
chancel from the nave are the lower dado panels of a mid-C15 screen . Three
panels to each side of the central opening with miniature buttresses, ogee
heads to the arches and tracery above with a hollow chamfered sill above,
renewed boards behind tracery panels.
Sources: Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Suffolk, 1977.
H. Munro Cautley, Suffolk churches, 1982.
Listing NGR: TM3535244328
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