Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 7 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285813
OS Grid Reference: TM2364663284
OS Grid Coordinates: 623646, 263284
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2223, 1.2729
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TM 26 SW EARL SOHAM CHURCH LANE
8/41 Church of St.
Parish church. Medieval, restored 1891. Nave, chancel, west
tower, south porch. Random flint and stone rubble, knapped flint
tower, plastered nave; lead roof to nave, plaintiles to chancel.
Good late C15 tower with 4-stage diagonal buttresses, the 2
western buttresses with original inscriptions; crenellated
parapet; flushwork to plinth, buttresses and parapet; fine west
doorway with 2 orders of carving to the arch, hoodmould with
carved spandrels and original door; 3-light west window with
trefoil-headed, ogee-canopied empty niches to either side and
empty canopied niche above; 2-light bell chamber openings. Late
C15 nave of 3 bays with mostly original windows; late C15 porch
with rough flushwork chequering and an original figure at the
apex of the gable; good south nave doorway with fleurons to the
jambs, arch and hoodmould, carved spandrels and original door.
Early C14 chancel of 2 bays with 2-light Y tracery windows;
Priest's doorway to south; C19 east end with 3-light window in
Decorated style. Fine original double hammerbeam nave roof of 6
bays with carved cornice and a figure against each wallpost under
an ogee arch. C15 octagonal font with carved bowl and stem,
original inscription on base; C17 font cover. Set of 26
poppyhead nave benches with traceried ends, installed 1940: some
C15 work but much C20 restoration and renewal; good C17 pulpit
complete with tester; Arms of Charles II in south nave; mid C17
turned alter rails; piscina under moulded ogee arch in sanctuary.
Graded I for surviving medieval work.
Listing NGR: TM2364663284
Source: English Heritage
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