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© Mr Robert Whitehouse

IoE Number: 279451
Location: CHURCH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, THE STREET (south side)
  STONHAM ASPAL, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Robert Whitehouse
Date Photographed: 05 August 2007
Date listed: 09 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 09 December 1955
Grade I

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STONHAM ASPALTHE STREET (SOUTH)TM 15 NE5/200Church of The Blessed-9-12-55Virgin Mary

STONHAM ASPAL THE STREET (SOUTH) TM 15 NE 5/200 Church of The Blessed - 9-12-55 Virgin Mary GV I Parish church, mediaeval. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, south-west tower/porch, north porch. The north organ chamber and vestry were added c.1871. Mainly flint rubble with dressings of limestone. The slated nave roof has fine C15 parapets with freestone tracery; the clerestory windows have inner shafts and some original glass. There is much early and mid C14 work. The C14 tower has a hood-moulded doorway with grotesque corbels; a reconstructed timber-framed and weather-boarded belfry stage of 1742; boarded pinnacles and two square louvred openings on each face; restored 1986. Chancel is almost entirely of mid C14: east window with net tracery, and flanking external image niches. Side windows also with good individual tracery. Original scissor-braced coupled-rafter roof, plaintiled, with parapet gable. Lead-roofed south aisle also with C14 windows. North and south doorways have good C14 multiple mouldings. The north door is possibly original, and with a wicket door. The west window has intersecting tracery and adjacent buttressing, one with an image niche. Nave arcaded in 4 bays, with C14 moulded pier capitals. The north aisle was remodelled in C15; the fine traceried windows match those in the clerestory. The C15 north porch has a shafted outer doorway. A C14 piscina in the south aisle; another in the chancel is restored, and associated with triple stepped sedilia. In north chancel wall is a recessed tomb of c.1330 with the recumbent limestone figure of a knight; his armour has the Arms of Aspal. Octagonal font of c.1300; shallow cusped arcading on bowl and stem, and moulded plinth. Much good C14 and C15 window glass. The early C17 pulpit is octagonal, with arcaded faces; the sounding board is reused in a table and bears the date 1616. Two C16 tomb slabs in the sanctuary have sinkings for brasses; two further C18 marble slabs. A set of C16 nave pews are C19 work, but most have C16 poppyhead ends, with good animal figures on the buttresses. 10 pews in the aisles, also of C19, have C17 carved ends. Painted Arms of George III.

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