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Church of St John the Baptist, Brightwell

Description: Church of St John the Baptist

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 286167

OS Grid Reference: TM2496643529
OS Grid Coordinates: 624966, 243529
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0445, 1.2792

Location: Brightwell, Suffolk IP10 0BD

Locality: Brightwell
Local Authority: Suffolk Coastal District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP10 0BD

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Listing Text


3/1 Church of St. John the
- II*

Church, mediaeval, with alterations of c.1656 for Thomas Essington of
Brightwell Hall, and further restoration C19. Nave, chancel, west tower and
south porch. Mediaeval work of plastered flint rubble with limestone
dressings; C17 work in red brick, perhaps once plastered. Mid C19 porch of
gault brick with parapet gables. Plaintiled roofs; the tower roof flat behind
parapets. Several windows of c.1300, some with Y-tracery (some blocked for
monuments); the east window of 3 lights with intersecting tracery. Early C14
south doorway with original boarded door and sanctuary knocker. The tower of
c.1656 was placed upon existing walls at west end of nave, the east face
supported on giant Tuscan columns. Parapets have obelisk corner pinnacles,
clasping buttresses and arched recessed belfry openings. Similar obelisk
pinnacles placed at apex of east gable and at base of east and west end
gables. Fine mid C14 font of limestone, with octagonal bowl having traceried
facets, and moulded stem and base; painted cover of c.1656. Octagonal oak-
panelled mid C17 pulpit. Fine marble wall tablets to Thomas Essington
(d.1651), his sister Anna (d.1660), and to Arthur Barnardiston (d.1734). A
marble C18 floor slab inscribed "The Barnardistons Vault"; another to Thomas
Essington,snr. (d.1656) and his daughter Anna (d.1660). 4 painted C18
escutcheons of the Barnardiston family on the nave wall.

Listing NGR: TM2496643529

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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