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Description: Church of St Martin
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 285993
OS Grid Reference: TM1917248422
OS Grid Coordinates: 619172, 248422
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0907, 1.1980
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TM 14 NE TUDDENHAM ST. MARTIN THE STREET
3/31 Church of St. Martin
Church. Mediaeval with alternations of 1843, 1861 and 1920 Nave, chancel
west tower, south porch, north vestry. Nave and chancel walls of plastered
flint rubble with limestone dressings. Tower of squared knapped flint and
limestone rubble, the belfry stage with chequerwork of red brick and flint;
diagonal buttresses and crenellated parapets with flushwork panels.
Plaintiled roofs with parapet gables. C12 north doorway with 2 orders of
engaged shafts with cushion capitals, roll and chevron moulded arch; C15 plank
door. An early C14 angle piscina with moulded shafts beside blocked south
chancel window. Major alterations of mid and late C15. Legacies for the
building of tower survive from 1452-60. 3 stages, the west doorway has a
labelled arch with weathered carving in corbels and spandrels; original door
with moulded battens. West window above of 3 lights. North and south nave
windows of 3 lights, late C15. Good 5-bay late C15 roof with hammer-beams
carved as angels; more angels are affixed to wall-pieces. Heavily moulded
cornice, high collars and kingposts. Roodloft stairs in south wall complete
with upper and lower doorways; in the north wall opposite is an image niche.
Octagonal limestone font, an inscription on the base records its gift in 1443
by Richard and Agnes Sylvester; very fine sculptured figures in high relief on
bowl and at corners of stem; painted pyramid cover added C19. C15 oak
octagonal pulpit with exceptional carving; corner turrets support figures in
niches, and each panel has a traceried head; the door (now facing the wall)
has a carved portcullis on its panel. Fine poppyhead bench ends of C15, with
buttresses supporting carved figures; thoroughly but skilfully restored c.1843
by Henry Ringham; some of his choirstalls also have C15 bench ends. Vestry
and south porch added 1920 (date on tie-beam), in the Tudorbethan style. East
window renewed in C14 style, complete with glass by F. Preedy, 1861. In the
sanctuary is a wall-tablet with painted coat of arms, to John Sicklemoore
(1644) and his wife Elizabeth. Opposite is the painted coat of arms of
Richard Keeble (1653); an oval plaque beneath to him and his wife Mary and 3
children. Floor slab of black marble in nave, to William Minter (1739) and
Listing NGR: TM1917248422
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Source: English Heritage
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