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© Mr G. W. Yeend

IoE Number: 283753
Photographer: Mr G. W. Yeend
Date Photographed: 23 September 2002
Date listed: 14 July 1955
Date of last amendment: 14 July 1955
Grade I

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TL 86 NWHENGRAVE4/46Church of St. John Lateran14.7.55I

TL 86 NW HENGRAVE 4/46 Church of St. John Lateran 14.7.55 I Formerly the parish church, now chapel to Hengrave Hall Conference Centre. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch, north aisle and chapel. Flint walling with limestone dressings, low-pitched metal-finished roofs. Circular tower in coursed flint, possibly pre-Conquest; clock, with hour-hand only, in west face. Round-headed north and south belfry openings. Chancel has late C13 windows, 3- light in eastwall, 2 2-light in south wall. Alterations for Sir Thos. Hemegrave (died 1419) include: south porch, restored C19 in knapped flint with flushwork, with labelled arched doorway, south nave doorway similar but more ornate with angel finials, tall tower arch. Early C16 alterations for Sir Thos. Kitson (died 1540) include: north aisle and chapel with large 3-light windows, raising of nave walls with flushwork parapets, insertion of 2 large south windows, north arcade with clustered columns and small clerestory windows above, arch-braced cambered tie-beam roofs throughout (renewed/heavily restored late C19). A segmental brick rood-stair turret in south wall perhaps C15. South door C15, plain. Octagonal traceried C15 font. Late C13 wall paintings of S.S. Catherine and Margaret on south chancel window reveal. Early C15 painted inscription above south door in porch. Some fragments of C16 glass in aisle windows. Canopied monument to Margaret, Countess of Bath, with her husband, John Bourchier, beside her, and below her first husband Sir Thos. Kitson of Hengrave Hall. An alabaster mural monument to Lord Darcy, also in the chapel. In the chancel is a table tomb to John Bourchier, 1556, who was Lord Fitzwarren. Also a magnificent tomb of Sir Thos. Kitson, son of the above, with effigies of himself, his two wives, Jane Pagett and Elizabeth Cornwallis. A bust commemorates Sir Thos. Gage who lived at the Hall, died 1741. The monuments have much original colour and almost fill the chancel and chapel. For details of church and monuments, John Gage, History of Suffolk, Thingoe Hundred, 1838.

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