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Church of St Peter, Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet

Description: Church of St Peter

Grade: I
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285705

OS Grid Reference: TM4249375475
OS Grid Coordinates: 642493, 275475
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3238, 1.5571

Location: Church Lane, Wenhaston, Suffolk IP19 9EG

Locality: Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP19 9EG

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Listing Text


7.12.66 (Previously listed under

Parish Church. Medieval, restored 1892. Nave, chancel, north aisle, west
tower, south porch. Coursed flint rubble, the aisle and chancel plastered,
stone dressings; slated roofs to nave, aisle and porch, plaintiles to chancel.
Tower probably late C14: 4 stages and parapet, diagonal buttresses, some
flushwork to buttresses and parapet; 2-light west window, 2-light bell chamber
openings, mostly with wooden tracery. Nave south wall with 2 C12 slit windows
and 2 2-light C15 windows; at a higher level are 2 later rectangular windows to
light the rood and the west gallery. Simple C15 south porch: knapped flint
parapet with stone coping, niche above entrance, stoup to right hand side. Good
C15 south doorway with carved shields to spandrels, fleurons and blank shields
to arch head and jambs; probably original door. Chancel with one C13 lancet
window to north and south, other windows late C14 or C15; Priest's doorway to
south. North aisle added early-mid C16: 3-light windows, 4 late C19 brick
buttresses to north wall, late C19 roof (over the old) continuous with the
nave. Good late C15 6-bay arch-braced nave roof, with east-west bracing
between both wall posts and ridge posts; 3-bay aisle arcade, octagonal piers;
original aisle roof; wooden chancel arch and roof of 1892: the arch rests on
corbels and is richly carved with drop tracery. C15 octagonal font, the panels
defaced but with traces of original colour; C17 pulpit; 2 simple C15 benches
with poppyhead ends in nave; banner stave locker (modern door) in south nave
wall; arms of George III on west nave wall. On the north aisle wall is mounted
a large oil painting on boards, c.1500; it depicts the Last Judgement and
formed the tympanum to the chancel arch; the rood and supporting figures
originally attached to the painting have disappeared, and below is a later
inscription; a painting of this type on boards is a rarity. East sanctuary
wall with 2 good monuments to Philippa Leman (d. 1757) and Eliza Rooe (nee
Leman) (d.1747). Graded I for medieval work and Last Judgement painting.

Listing NGR: TM4249375475

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Source: English Heritage

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