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IoE Number: 282372
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARGARET, ST OLAVES ROAD
  SOMERLEYTON, ASHBY AND HERRINGFLEET, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Brian Grint
Date Photographed: 25 October 2006
Date listed: 27 November 1954
Date of last amendment: 27 November 1954
Grade I

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HERRINGFLEETST. OLAVES ROADTM 49 NE1/21Church of St. Margaret27.11.54I

HERRINGFLEET ST. OLAVES ROAD TM 49 NE 1/21 Church of St. Margaret 27.11.54 I Parish church. Medieval with C19 restoration. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Flint rubble, cement-rendered except for the tower; stone dressings. Thatched roofs to nave and porch, glazed black pantiles to chancel. Round tower, in 2 phases, neither later than C11. The lower part has coursed rubblework and later slit windows at 2 levels. Above a stone string course is the belfry stage: there are 4 openings, each with 2 triangular-headed lights separated by a circular shaft. 3 of the openings are set within semi-circular arched recesses, with colonnettes to the jambs and a billet frieze down the sides; the eastern opening is not treated in this way and the lights are larger. At the south west and north west are later lancets in red brick. Semi-circular tower arch with billet decoration to the west. Good C12 south nave doorway with 2 orders of colonnettes, abaci with saltire crosses and an arch with roll-moulding and chevron ornament. To the north the nave has an unmoulded doorway (blocked) and a lancet window, both of C13 date. The other nave windows (one to north, 2 to south) are late C15/early C16, each with 2 square-headed lights. One small C12 window to north chancel; 2 later windows to south, one of brick and square-headed. 3-light Perpendicular-style east window with a transom, inserted early C19. Interior. Both roofs are ceiled over. In the sanctuary a trefoil-arched piscina. Font installed c.1860. Substantially re-furnished by John Francis Leathes from 1824 onwards: poppyhead-type benches in nave and chancel, panelling against the walls. West gallery also of this date but altered 1982. The east window contains imported fragments of painted glass, mostly obtained from Cologne; they are said to date from the late C14 to early C18. The south east chancel window has 2 good stained glass figures. Several wall monuments to the Leathes family, notably John Leathes (1787) on south chancel wall. 3 hatchments to the same family at the west end of the nave.

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