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© Mr John Barlow LRPS

IoE Number: 361700
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH ROAD
  BLUNDESTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr John Barlow LRPS
Date Photographed: 24 July 2002
Date listed: 27 November 1954
Date of last amendment: 27 November 1954
Grade I

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BLUNDESTONCHURCH ROADTM 59 NW2/6Church of St. Mary27.11.54I

BLUNDESTON CHURCH ROAD TM 59 NW 2/6 Church of St. Mary 27.11.54 I Parish church. Medieval, the chancel partly rebuilt 1851. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Flint rubble, faced with knapped flint except for the tower and the north side of the nave; stone dressings. Slated roofs. Round tower: the lower three-quarters is C11 or earlier, with various semi- circular headed slit windows and a range of larger blocked openings denoting the former belfry; early C16 west window in brick. The upper part of the tower has an admixture of red brick and is probably C15: lancet belfry openings and crenellated parapet. Nave originally C12 but rebuilt and widened in C14: only the south wall was re-aligned, leaving the tower asymmetrical. The nave windows are mainly C14, with reticulated tracery motifs; to the south there are also 2 C15 windows. 3-light west window, apparently late C13. The C14 south nave doorway incorporates 2 upside-down C12 colonnettes. Restored C15 porch. 2-bay chancel with tall 2-light C14 windows similar to those in the nave. C19 east end with 4-light window in Decorated style with geometric tracery. Interior. Simple Cll-C12 tower arch. Mid C19 boarded ceilings to nave and chancel. The nave roof is in 2 bays: the main trusses appear to be original (C14) and rest on C14 stone corbels carved as human heads. Ogee- arched piscina in chancel. C12 font, originally square but now octagonal, on an octagonal stem surrounded by 8 detached octagonal columns. The bowl has traces of incised decoration. Good late C15 rood screen with crocketted ogee- arched lights and pierced tracery; the dado has 16 traceried panels painted with Angels of the Passion. The screen has been somewhat restored: the upper parts of the outer bays and the coving to the rood beam are entirely renewed. The mid C19 poppyhead nave benches incorporate C15 ends against the walls. 2 other detached poppyhead benches are entirely C15. A considerable amount of mid C19 carved chancel woodwork, including oak panelling, choir stalls and sedilia. In the chancel floor there are 2 early C17 brass inscriptions and a number of ledger slabs. Over the south door are the Arms of Charles II dated 1673.

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