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© Mr A. C. A Seinet

IoE Number: 279738
Location: CHURCH OF ST GREGORY, CHURCH LANE
  HEMINGSTONE, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr A. C. A Seinet
Date Photographed: 04 January 2003
Date listed: 09 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 09 December 1955
Grade I

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HEMINGSTONECHURCH LANETM 15 SW6/119Church of St Gregory9.12.55-I

HEMINGSTONE CHURCH LANE TM 15 SW 6/119 Church of St Gregory 9.12.55 - I Parish church, medieval with main features of mid C14 and early C16. Nave, chancel, west tower, north porch and vestry. Mainly plastered rubble with freestone dressings. The south-west corner of the nave has prominent long- and-short quoining perhaps of Cll. Plaintiled roofs. Mid C14 north and south moulded doorways to nave The north door is probably of early C16. The tower doorway has a C14 iron-bound door. 3 mid C14 traceried windows, one retains good original glass in the tracery. Plain cusped piscina of C14/C15. Tower built or remodelled in early C16: flushed flintwork, embattled parapets, traceried belfry openings and large west window. Early c16 windows in side walls of nave and chancel, those on the north with much C18 crown glass. Restored C16 east window. North porch of c.1530 in red brick with diaper patterning in burnt headers; good moulded brick detailing to doorway, the image niche above, and the side windows. Roof of coupled rafters without collars, untied. Continuous roof of c.1500 over nave and chancel, of canted construction, without tiebeams; moulded cornice and rood-beam. The southern half of the early C16 roodscreen survives up to dado level. Late C14 octagonal limestone font: the stem is plain, but the bowl intricately carved with crocketed gables and tracery. A tomb-chest in the chancel to William Cantrel (d.1585); pilasters at the base, and an inscription framed by Corinthian columns and entablature, and above are two obelisks and a shell. A small room to north of chancel was added c.1600, now a vestry but of uncertain original purpose: red brick with fragments of original plaster, plain chamfered openings, side purlin roof. 6 painted texts around the walls; another over the north door records repairs in 1773. Two large marble slabs on the outer south wall face: Francis and William Thorne, 1704 and 1718. Two late C18 marble slabs in the chancel floor. Two coats of arms in the vestry (one of William and Mary).

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