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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 16 March 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 286507
OS Grid Reference: TM2389558532
OS Grid Coordinates: 623895, 258532
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1796, 1.2734
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MONEWDEN CHURCH ROAD
TM 25 NW
16/3/66 Church of St Mary
Church. Some Cll or C12 fragments. C.1300 with C15 additions. Rubble and
knapped flint, rendered with ashlar dressings. Brick and plain tile roof.
Nave, chancel, west tower and south-western porch. Tower: west front:
slightly projecting plinth with arcade of trefoil-headed flushwork panels
to the upper body. Diagonal buttresses which have flushwork to their outer
faces and die back via 3 offsets. Central doorway with richly-moulded
ashlar surround and wave and bird-beak moulding. Shields to the spandrels.
Two-light window above this with trefoil heads to the lights. Cusped
lancet above this and a 2-light belfry opening with a band at the level of
its sill and trefoil heads and dagger to apex. String course below the
battlemented parapet which has panels of flushwork tracery. North face:
blank to lower body but with a similar belfry opening. South face: similar
to north face save that it has a projecting canted staircase bay at right
with ashlar quoins. East face: abutts the nave body and a drip mould shows
the nave roof to have been higher or thatched. Similar belfry opening.
Nave: south face: projecting brick porch to left of centre of C15 date with
diaper work to the south face at either side of a central moulded arch and
3 trefoil-headed niches to the gable resting on a brick ledge. To either
flank are pointed windows, now containing C20 lights but originally with
ashlar surrounds of 2-lights with trefoil heads, one of which still shows.
To left of this and set in rendered walling is a 2-light Perpendicular
window with cinquefoil heads and to right of this is a lancet window and a
Perpendicular window with ogee trefoil heads to the lights. Shoring
buttress to right again and diagonal buttress to far left. North face:
diagonal buttress at far right. Shoring buttresses of brick to right of
centre and far left. To right of centre a blocked doorway with chamfered
surround and a hoodmould. To left a lancet window and 2-light
Perpendicular window with ogee heads to the lights. Chancel: North face: a
Perpendicular window with rendered surround at left. South face: 2-light
Y-tracery window of c.1300 at left and at right of it a chamfered priest's
door and at left a Perpendicular window with ogee heads to the lights.
East face: window of c.1300 with interlacing tracery.
Interior: porch: crown post roof of 2 bays. Short wall posts with arched
braces connecting to a cambered tie-beam. Octagonal crown post with
moulded base and capital and axial and lateral angle braces. Collar,
collar purlin and common rafters. Nave has C19 roofing. Octagonal font
with suspended shields in the recessed panels of the bowl. Octagonal stem
with blind tracery. Eleven benches to the nave either wholly or partially
of mediaeval date with poppyhead decoration. Rood staircase with both
Sources: Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England: Suffolk, 1975
H Munro Cautley, Suffolk Churches, 1982
Listing NGR: TM2389558532
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Source: English Heritage
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