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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Stratford St. Mary, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9721 / 51°58'19"N

Longitude: 0.9863 / 0°59'10"E

OS Eastings: 605221

OS Northings: 234610

OS Grid: TM052346

Mapcode National: GBR SM9.B67

Mapcode Global: VHKFN.1PSL

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1283820

English Heritage Legacy ID: 277213

Location: Stratford St. Mary, Babergh, Suffolk, CO7

County: Suffolk

District: Babergh

Civil Parish: Stratford St. Mary

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Higham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

TM 0534 STRATFORD ST MARY B1029
(south side)
5/14
Church of St Mary
22.2.55
GV I
Church. C14 chancel with later alterations. C15 nave aisles. C16 clerestory,
northchancel chapel and porch, the latter dated 1532. Tower C15-C16 largely
rebuilt C19. Restoration 1876-9 by H Woodyer. Knapped flint with ashlar dres-
sings. Plain tile chancel roof, rest concealed. West tower, 4-bay aisled nave
with north porch and 2-bay chancel with north and south chapels. 3-stage tower
with stair to north-west angle. Ashlar plinth, offset diagonal buttresses, string
course to each stage. 3-light bell stage with intersecting tracery beneath
gables. Angle pinnacles and flushwork embattled parapet. Similar parapet to
clerestory, aisles and chancel chapels. Nave: plinth, offset buttresses. South
aisle renewed 4-centred Perpendicular traceried windows under flushwork arches.
North aisle: flushwork inscription to donor: ORATE PRO ANIMABUS THOME MORS ET
MARGARETE UXORIS EJUS QUI ESTIAM ALAM FFIERI FE (VERUNT ANNO DNI MCCCC LXXXXVLIII)
latter part obscured by later porch. At higher level an alphabet in flushwork.
Further inscriptions to buttresses. 4-centred restored Perpendicular traceried
windows, hoodmoulds with headstops under flushwork arches. String course and
gargoyles. Porch: ashlar plinth, flushwork walls. Offset diagonal buttresses
with cusped ogee niches and embattled parapet with angle pinnacles and date shield
to centre 1532 JS. 4-centred moulded arch with colonnettes to inner order under
square label, encircled quatrefoils with shields and mouchettes in spandrels.
Surmounted by a niche with cusped nodding ogee arch flanked by pinnacles. Con-
tinuously-moulded side arches originally open, now blocked by traceried windows of
1876-9. Nave north door continuously-moulded with slender colonette supporting
central order of arch under restored square label with enriched spandrels.
Clerestory: 4-centred 2-light Perpendicular windows with transoms, flushwork
walls. Gabled chancel with east window of 1876-9, offset diagonal buttresses.
North aisle inscribed to donor: PRAYE FOR THE SOULLYS OF EDWARD MORS AND ALYS HIS
WIFE AND ALL CRYTEN SOWLLYS ANNO DOMINI 1530. 4-centred Perpendicular traceried
east window. South aisle: 4-centred panelled Perpendicular traceried east window.
Interior: nave arcades diagonally-set square piers on tall bases with hollow-
moulded polygonal shafts to nave and aisles and colonnettes to east and west with
capitals. Wide mouldings between shafts run into arches without capitals,
4-centred arcade. Hoodmoulds with ogee apexes which rise into shafts to clere-
story level. Half-octagonal shafts rise from the arcade piers to capitals at
clerestory level and support the short posts and arch braces of the roof. Similar
detailing to aisles. Stringcourse, splayed clerestory. C19 chancel arch, stairs
to rood loft survive to south. Chancel: similar detailing to nave. Cusped ogee
piscina. Parclose screens incorporating some medieval fabric. Medieval grave
slab. Black ledger slab to south chapel dated 1698 with hatchment of Nicolas Brage and
another to Robert Clarke d.1731. Nave roof cambered with moulded ridge piece,
purlins and joists, tie beams with bosses. Restored angel carvings to ridge and
further wooden figures above capitals on which the roof posts are supported.
Thomas Mors, clothier, in his will of 1500 requested burial in the N aisle which
he had built and left money for the clerestory. Edward his son (d.1526) left
money for the N chapel to be built in the form of the S chapel. John Constable
view of church showing open-sided porch c.1798

Listing NGR: TM0522134610

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