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© Mr Derek E. Hull

IoE Number: 275813
Location: CHURCH OF ST PETER,
  BRANDON, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Derek E. Hull
Date Photographed: 28 March 2002
Date listed: 07 May 1954
Date of last amendment: 02 October 1984
Grade I

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TL 78 NEBRANDONCHURCH END1/4Church of St. Peter7.5.54(Formerly listed underGeneral)

TL 78 NE BRANDON CHURCH END 1/4 Church of St. Peter 7.5.54 (Formerly listed under General) - I Church. Mediaeval, restored 1873. Nave, chancel, west tower, north porch, south aisle, south chapel. Flint rubble with freestone dressings, parapets and parapet gables. Slated roofs; the tower and porch flat, leaded. The core of chancel probably late C13; north doorway with hood-mould; the scrolled dado rail around the inner chancel wall rises to outline its rear-arch. A pair of polygonal angle-turrets at the east end have stone pyramid roofs and pinnacles, restored 1873. Chancel windows perhaps early C14; net-traceried 5- light east window, and 2-light in north and south walls. The south window has dropped-cill sedilia with trefoiled squinches. 2 original gargoyles on north side. South nave arcade of originally 4-bays, late C13, with slender trefoiled piers, and similar chancel arch with engaged columns. Moulded arched north nave doorway of early C14, hoodmoulded with good mask drip stones. West tower added early C15: 3 tall stages with angle buttresses, crenellated parapet with sunk trefoils and mask gargoyles, large 2-light belfry openings. West doorway with C19 door having tracery of early C15 type - perhaps a fair copy of the original; above it an early C15 window of 3 lights. The inner doorway to the tower stairs has its original iron-clad door. Porch probably C15, with 2-light side windows, the doorway with pilasters renewed early C16. Beside the north doorway is a pillar stoup with traceried stem and moulded bowl. The C15 door has a trailing-leaf carved border. C15 south aisle with moulded south doorway. In early C16 major alterations made to south and west part of church: a 5th arch added to nave arcade, also the tower arch rebuilt. South chapel added with 3-light windows and an arched opening into the aisle. A rood screen extended from north to south walls across chancel-and chapel-arches; rood-loft stair turrets remain, attached to north and south walls, and a blocked doorway at south end. Lower part of screen is almost complete; the-boarding has applied tracery and some original decoration; the upper part added 1930. A 2-bay arcade links chapel to chancel. The roofs were renewed throughout in 1873: in the nave a 5-bay hammer-beam roof with arch-braced collars (the aisle roof is similar), in the chancel principal rafters and collars have vigorous soffit-cusping, echoed by wind-braced purlins. Font of c.1300 with plain octagonal bowl and stem and 8 supporting detached shafts with moulded caps and bases. 4 good C15 choir- stalls with poppyhead ends, buttresses and traceried fronts. In the nave are about 17 poppyhead bench ends of C15 or C16, some with buttresses and carved figures, reused in new pews of 1873. 3 further poppyhead ends of c.1600, also reused. The marble altar reredos of 1873 has Italian carved alabaster medallions. In the west tower window is stained glass dated 1864; similar glazing is in the west aisle and east chancel windows. On the south chapel wall a painted panel records the bequest of Mrs. Anne Wilder, nee Diggon, 1772.

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