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IoE Number: 406117
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY,
  BADLEY, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Luke Barber
Date Photographed: 16 July 2003
Date listed: 09 December 1955
Date of last amendment: 09 December 1955
Grade I

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BADLEYTM 05 NE1/1Church of St. Mary

BADLEY TM 05 NE 1/1 Church of St. Mary 9.12.55 I Parish church, mainly C15, with core of c.1200 or earlier. Nave, chancel, west tower and south porch. Mainly flint rubble walling, plastered on the south and east sides. The tower is of flint and brick rubble, with the belfry stage rebuilt in C16 orange brick. Freestone dressings. Plaintiled roofs (the tower roof is flat behind parapets). Two features are of c.1200; a lancet in the north chancel wall, and the south doorway which has an equilateral arch, hoodmoulded and with chamfered jambs and imposts. Good C15 door with moulded muntins. The south porch is of C14 but almost rebuilt in C20; a heavy 2-centred doorway and posts which give evidence for traceried side-lights. Mainly C15 3-light windows, but the west window is unusually large and of 5 lights. The tower was placed on top of the west end of nave in C15. Complete early C16 roofs: in the nave are octagonal crownposts with moulded capitals, and tie-beams and cornices also moulded. Other early C16 work includes a south window with triple ogee-headed lights, and a ruinous rood-loft stair outside the north side. C13 Purbeck marble font, the octagonal bowl with a pair of shallow arches on each face; a C17 oak cover with acorn finial. A fine selection of oak furnishings of various dates, but untouched since C18: a set of 5 and three sets of 4 benches, one C15 example having carved animals on the buttresses. Most others are of C16, the whole augmented and rearranged in C17. The base of the C15 rood screen remains up to middle rail, with painted stencilled decoration; it is incorporated in C17 box pews, 2 of which have long sections of tracery taken from the head of the screen. The C17 pulpit is plain but has a reading desk enriched with arcading. All the C17 work has interesting ironmongery. Iron communion rails of c.1830. A number of good monuments and floor slabs. Blocking the outer face of a C14 window is a monument to Henrietta Robins (d.1728). In the chancel is a wall monument to Edmund (d.1548) and Myrabel Poley (d.1558) with a coloured achievement and obelisks above; others of the family were added, the last in 1604. Another monument to Sir Henry Poley (d.1707), with fine Baroque modelling. C18 panels over the sanctuary bear the 10 Commandments, Creed and Lord's Prayer. In the chancel are 14 marble floor slabs of C17 and C18, most having achievements of members of the Poley family, and one with inset brass. In the nave are 5 others, 3 of which have (or had) brasses. A C13 coffin-shaped slab inside the south door has an inscription around the border.

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