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Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh

Description: Holy Trinity Church

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285532

OS Grid Reference: TM4507675315
OS Grid Coordinates: 645076, 275315
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3212, 1.5948

Location: Priory Road, Blythburgh, Suffolk IP19 9LR

Locality: Blythburgh
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP19 9LR

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Listing Text


2/16 Holy Trinity Church
7.12.66 (Formerly listed as Church of
GV I the Holy Trinity)

Parish Church. Nave and chancel (under one roof), north and south aisles, west
tower, south porch. Tower early-mid C14, remainder mid-late C15. Random flint
with stone dressings; some brickwork to window arches; lead roofs. Tower: 4
stages, with 3-stage diagonal buttresses, string courses at each stage level;
crenellated parapet with some flushwork; single-light bell chamber openings
without tracery; at base of 3rd stage (except east face) is a cinquefoil-headed
lancet window; C15 3-light west window, the tracery renewed. Clerestorey with
18 identical 2-light windows to north and south. Chancel extends one bay east
of the aisles, these windows being bricked up; east end of chancel with 5-light
window, renewed tracery; below is a flushwork frieze of 12 Lombardic letters,
with further flushwork to either side of window; at apex of gable is a
mutilated carved Trinity. North aisle of 8 bays, south aisle of 7 bays with
the porch at the west end; the eastern 2 bays of the aisles have windows to a
slightly different design; both aisles have flushwork decoration to the
buttresses. South aisle and porch with fine parapet of pierced quatrefoils
with ogee cappings, below which is a frieze of lozenge flushwork and a carved
string course; the buttresses have pinnacles with grotesque finials. Each
aisle has Priest's doorway under a flying buttress, the one to the south with a
mutilated stoup. Porch with Priest's room above; knapped flint facade with
empty niche over doorway; good external stoup with carved shaft and bowl;
tierceron vaulted roof renewed in 1930's. Both north and south doorways have
C15 traceried doors. Interior with 8-bay aisle arcades; flooring of red brick
and unglazed tile. Fine 10-bay arch-braced roof with firred tie beams; the
cornice is missing; at the centre of each tie beam is a carved boss and angels
with outstretched wings facing east and west (11 angels remain, some of the
wings renewed); much original painted decoration remains. Lean-to aisle roofs
with traceried spandrels. Octagonal font, c.1450, formerly carved with the
Seven Sacraments. Good set of 18 C15 nave benches with carved finials; C15
lectern; pulpit c.1670; fine alms box dated 1473 with traceried carving; mid-
late C17 Clock Jack at east end of south aisle; C15 wooden aisle screens, the
nave screen a modern reconstruction to the same pattern. The choir stalls have
finely carved frontals with 16 figures of Apostles and Saints, possibly once
forming the rood loft parapet. Good monument to Sir John Hopton (d.1489):
Purbeck marble tomb chest (brasses missing) with 3 cusped quatrefoils with
painted shields, richly traceried and crested canopy. Another plain tomb chest
in north aisle; several C17 carved marble floor slabs in chancel; fragments of
medieval stained glass in aisle windows. Graded I for surviving medieval work.

Listing NGR: TM4507675315

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Source: English Heritage

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