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Church of St Andrew, Rushmere St Andrew

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285976

OS Grid Reference: TM1961546061
OS Grid Coordinates: 619615, 246061
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0693, 1.2029

Location: Rushmere Street, Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk IP5 1DL

Locality: Rushmere St Andrew
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP5 1DL

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Listing Text


3/14 Church of St. Andrew

- II*

Church. Mediaeval; but almost rebuilt apart from tower in 1861 by E.C.
Hakewill. Nave, chancel, west tower, north aisle. Two major extensions were
added 1968: an east nave with aisles to north and south, and a kitchen/vestry
extension to north-west; both are in brown brick. The C19 walling is of flint
rubble with freestone dressings; the tower also includes rubble of limestone
and brick. Plaintiled roofs. Mid C12 south doorway, with arch of 2 zigzag-
carved orders, and spiral-carved shafts with scalloped capitals; the door is
late-mediaeval with C19 and C20 alterations. Bequests of 1496/7 and 1521/22
made for payment of full cost of tower. West doorway with heavy square
hoodmould, and in the arch spandrels are the arms of Thomas Sampson (d.1439)
and his wife Margery (nee Felbrigg); this may suggest that the tower was begun
in mid C15. Above the doorway is a 3-light west window of 1861. 2-light
belfry windows, lion-head gargoyles and flushwork-panelled parapets; at the
corners are figures representing the evangelists, added 1861. The nave and
chancel were rebuilt in the Early English style in 1861, but the Norman south
doorway was dismantled and rebuilt. The roof was reconstructed with earlier
components: alternating tie-beam and hammer-beam trusses in six-and-a-half
bays, apparently of c.1600. 2 sets of 9 benches by William Poley, c.1861,
have good poppyhead standards with angel and animal figures, said to be close
copies of C15 benches found at the time of restoration. In the aisle floor
are 4 C18 ledger slabs, and another to William Seely (d.1660). Some good
stained glass of c.1861.

Listing NGR: TM1961546061

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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