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IoE Number: 283610
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY, HIGH STREET (west side)
Photographer: Mr Richard Storey
Date Photographed: 19 October 2004
Date listed: 03 February 1950
Date of last amendment: 03 February 1950
Grade I

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TL 9270-9370IXWORTHHIGH STREET(WEST SIDE)3/23.2.50Church of St Mary

TL 9270-9370 IXWORTH HIGH STREET (WEST SIDE) 3/2 3.2.50 Church of St Mary GV I Parish Church. Principally in random flint with freestone dressings. Late C14 south porch in knapped flint, with embattled parapet and flushwork panelling to south face. Late C15 nave with clerestorey: north and south aisles. Nave roof in 5 bays: low pitched, cambered and moulded tie-beams with winged angels at base of braces and along cornice. Similar mouldings on both aisle roofs. Nave and aisle roofs are leaded: money for 'ledying' bequeathed by Robert Garrard in 1533. Floors paved with small C18 tiles in cream and red. Mid C19 pulpit and bench ends: traditional poppy-heads. C15 octagonal font, probably originally on a high base. An iron-bound alms box near the south door. C14 chancel, heavily restored in 1850's. Steeply pitched, plaintiled roof. On south side the priest's door has a holy water stoup set into wall beside it. At the east end, an external niche with cusped head, which probably contained a stone rood. In the south east angle, an external turret for the stair to the rood loft. Roof with alternate arched brace and hammerbeam trusses: spandrels infilled with delicate tracery. C13 double piscina. On north side, tomb chest with decorated pilasters and 3 shields to Richard Coddington (d.1567) and his wife: Italian leaf-carving on rounded arch of back, 3 vertically-placed brasses. Memorial east window of 1860's in Decorated style. Late C15 west tower with 4 diagonal buttresses and battlemented parapet. The plinth, parapet, and the faces of the buttresses have decorated panels and emblems in knapped flint. The third panel up on the south-east buttress has the crown and arrows saltire of St. Edmund and the inscription 'Mast Robt Schot Abot': Robert Schot came from Ixworth, and was Abbot at Bury St Bdmnnds from 1469 to 1474. 3 inscribed tiles, 2 from the south wall, the other from near the west doorway, are now placed inside the base of the tower: those from the south wall are dated 1472; the other reads 'Thome Vyal gaf to the stepil iiij li'. Thomas Vyal left £4 to the building of the tower in his will, proved 1472. This dating evidence indicates that work on the tower began in the 1470's.

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