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Church of St Mary, Witnesham

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 January 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 285999

OS Grid Reference: TM1800250903
OS Grid Coordinates: 618002, 250903
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1135, 1.1825

Location: Witnesham Church Lane, Witnesham, Suffolk IP6 9JD

Locality: Witnesham
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP6 9JD

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Listing Text


1/37 Church of St. Mary

- I

Church. Mediaeval; several alterations in C19, the main phase in 1845. Nave,
chancel, south aisle, south-west tower with porch. Vestry added 1868. Flint
rubble, mainly plastered apart from tower; freestone dressings. East chancel
wall rebuilt c.1800, mainly of limestone rubble (the east window, in the
Decorated style, was described as 'modern' by D.E. Davy in 1827. Nave roof
slated, chancel roof plaintiled, aisle roof leaded. The plain south chancel
doorway is probably C13; its C17 door has reused C14/C15 hinges and closing
ring. Major alterations in early and mid C14; a number of Y-traceried windows
and a large 3-light west window with intersecting tracery. 2-bay south aisle,
the arcade having heavy capitals and bases; the 3-light east aisle window is
flanked by image niches, and nearby is a piscina for a side-altar. Plain C14
north nave doorway (now blocked), and beside it and opposite a single-light
window each with cusped head. Tower added mid C14 with crenellated and flush-
work panelled parapets; 2-light belfry openings and lion-head gargoyles. The
simple early C14 south doorway was reduced in size mid C14, and given a
moulded stone frame; the door has original ironmongery, and cusped framing at
the head. Over the outer doorway is a clock by Fordham 1737, and an earlier
sundial (said to be of 1729). The nave walling was raised mid C15 and given
2-light clerestory windows; good 6-bay moulded hammerbeam roof with arch-
braced high collars. The roof was ceiled below the collars in C17 with
moulded plaster ribs. Good octagonal C15 limestone font with figures and
shields on alternate faces of bowl, and animal sculpture around the stem; high
octagonal plinth. Fine octagonal pulpit of c.1600 with carved and arcaded
panels. Benches are mainly of c.1845 by Henry Ringham; a number at the west
end have reused poppyhead standards from C15 benches, and a choir-stall also
has a well-carved C15 end. On the nave walls are 13 panels with scriptural
texts painted in early C18, directly onto the wall-plaster (there is one more
in the chancel). On painted boards are The Lord's Prayer, Credence and Ten
Commandments. Another panel is painted with the arms of King Charles II. 3
good early C19 wall tablets to Revd. John King and members of his family, and
another to Philip Meadows of Bergersh House. In the chancel floor are 5
ledger slabs of C17 and C18, and in the nave floor a further 7. A fragment of
C14 stained glass in the south-west nave window. Glass by Baillie, c.1846, in
the east window, and by Ward and Hughes c.1873 in the nave.

Listing NGR: TM1800250903

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Source: English Heritage

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