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© Mrs Angela Clark LRPS

IoE Number: 282116
Location: CHURCH OF ST ANDREW, CHURCH HILL
  WESTHALL, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mrs Angela Clark LRPS
Date Photographed: 29 July 2003
Date listed: 01 September 1953
Date of last amendment: 01 September 1953
Grade I

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TM 48 SW WESTHALLCHURCH HILL3/42Church of St. Andrew1-9-53

TM 48 SW WESTHALL CHURCH HILL 3/42 Church of St. Andrew 1-9-53 - I Parish church. C12 and C14. Rubble flint and freestone; thatched roof to nave, plaintiles to aisle and chancel, which is slightly higher than the nave. Nave, chancel, south aisle, north porch and south-west tower. 2-light Perpendicular windows to south aisle and north side of nave; 5-light east window with reticulated tracery, and a variant of reticulation, with a circle with ogee octofoil above, to the north and south of chancel. Norman south doorway to aisle: one order of colonettes, block or cushion capitals, a scalloped decoration and an outer billet moulding around the jambs and arch. C14 priest's door on south side of chancel with ogee arch. The C14 north porch is faced with flushwork and has a 2-bay open timber roof. The north doorway has a continuous moulding under a hood-mould on heads. Tower with flushwork panelling on the lower stages of the diagonal buttresses and on the battlemented top. This is said to have been raised in the C17. The building has a complex development, with the south aisle having been the nave of the original C12 Norman church, to which an apsidal chancel was once attached. The west front of this church is now visible within the base of the tower, which was added in the early C14. The C12 west portal, lavishly decorated, has 4 orders of colonettes variously ornamented with billet, stylised flowers and an outer incomplete ring of beasts. A small window above is set within an arch and flanked by 2 blank arches, all decorated with zigzag ornament, the window surrounded also by a chain of raised circular members. There are the remains of wall-paintings in red ochre on the south wall of the aisle, and a set of Royal Arms of George III. In the south-east corner, the damaged altar tomb of Nicholas Bohun, (d.1602), with a genealogical brass above. The aisle roof is in 9 bays; no collars, but the long arched braces tenoned into hanging posts carrying carved bosses; an embattled and floral cornice with an upper row of fleur-de-lys ornament. Mid C14 nave and chancel: nave arcade of 5 bays with octagonal piers and arches with double hollow-chamfer. Nave roof in 9 bays, with arched braces to cambered embattled collars, and a moulded and brattished cornice; painted headless figures remain to the base of some corbels. Panelled early C19 benches. Seven Sacrament font retaining original colouring in the panels; the 8th panel represents the Baptism of Christ. Bowl supported by angels; high double octagonal base. Jacobean pulpit with the door to the rood loft beside it. Carved and painted base to rood screen remains: the panels are traceried and each has full-length paintings of 2 saints, 16 in all; base with enriched quatrefoils. Beside the north door, a large wall-painting, apparently of a Madonna and Child under a canopy. In chancel, a piscina with ogee head and cinquefoil cusping; plain sedilia; some old poppyhead bench ends, and fragments of medieval glass in the north-east window. Simple braced rafter roof. The floors are paved throughout with old floor bricks.

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