You are here: Home > Details for IoE Number: 466792  

Print Page



© Mr Richard Storey

IoE Number: 466792
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ATTACHED WALL AND RAILINGS, CROWN STREET (east side)
  BURY ST EDMUNDS, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Richard Storey
Date Photographed: 17 April 2006
Date listed: 07 August 1952
Date of last amendment: 07 August 1952
Grade I

The Images of England website consists of images of listed buildings based on the statutory list as it was in 2001 and does not incorporate subsequent amendments to the list. For the statutory list and information on the current listed status of individual buildings please go to The National Heritage List for England.

BURY ST EDMUNDSTL8563NECROWN STREET639-1/11/320(East side)

BURY ST EDMUNDS TL8563NE CROWN STREET 639-1/11/320 (East side) 07/08/52 Church of St Mary and attached wall and railings GV I Parish church. C14 and C15, on an earlier site. In flint and stone, ashlar-faced on the south and west; lead-covered roofs. PLAN: nave and chancel, north and south aisles, north-west tower. EXTERIOR: embattled parapets to nave and aisles. The south aisle, in 14 bays, has 3-light transomed and traceried windows with 2-centred arches; stepped buttresses between the windows and a diagonal buttress at the south-west angle. The last 4 bays to the east were an extension forming a chantry chapel given by Jankyn Smith between 1463 and 1473. He also gave the slightly earlier extension to the north aisle to form a chapel, and the sanctuary. The west front is similar to that of the Cathedral of St James, Angel Hill (qv) with crocketed finials, a stepped gable to the nave and a 5-light transomed window; 4-light transomed windows to the 2 aisles. An empty canopied niche on each side of the west door. A stepped east gable to the nave with 2 rood-stair turrets which have tall crocketed spires and finials. The battlemented C14 tower is flint-faced in 3 stages with stone string-courses in between. Stepped angle buttresses, stone-faced, with flint panels. The south side, and part of the east and west sides, project into the north aisle, and this reduces the number of windows. A 3-light traceried window to each face of the top stage; 2-light windows to the middle stage, and on the west side 2 long narrow 2-light transomed windows to the 1st stage. Re-used C14 north doorway within the Nottyngham porch. This ornate porch, built in memory of John Nottyngham and his wife, dates from the 1440s and is stone-faced, with pinnacles, a crocketed gable and 3 niches above the entrance. The stone vaulted ceiling is panelled with a wheel of blank arches and an open pendant as the hub. A short stretch of the precinct wall of the Abbey of St Edmund adjoins the north-west angle buttress of the tower: the stone quoins of the buttress stop near the top of the wall, which rises to approx 4 metres in part, dropping to between 1 and 2 metres. A later doorway has been cut through it. Attached to the north-west corner of the west front is a 60m stretch of C19 cast-iron railings approx 1m high, which divide the churchyard from Crown Street. Set on a low stone plinth. The railings, which have square shafts set diagonally, topped by fleur-de-lys finials, are divided into short bays by main verticals with iron-twist to the shafts and 4-way fleur-de-lys finials, and include a small gate. A stretch in similar style and materials 74m long is attached to the south-west corner of the west front and runs down the south side of the church along Honey Hill. This includes 2 pairs of double gates. INTERIOR: nave arcades in 10 bays with very tall shafted arches. Small capitals on thin triple shafts to the arch openings only. Impressive nave roof in which hammer-beam trusses alternate with moulded arched-brace trusses. Large recumbent angel figures to the hammer-beams, thought to represent the procession at the Coronation of the Virgin. Carved spandrels to the arched braces; tracery to the collar-braces; wall-plates with demi-angels; wall-posts resting on corbels with carved figures. Above the chancel arch a window inserted by Cottingham in the 1840s has 6-pointed star tracery. The C14 wagon roof in the chancel has cusped panels with carved bosses and a painted cornice with angels carrying scrolls. The former Lady Chapel in the south aisle was converted to a chantry chapel by John Baret (d.1467); it has a boarded and painted ceiling with panels, each bearing his motto 'Grace Me Governe'. Against the south wall, his table tomb with a cadaver monument lying upon it. (BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 142-144; Paine C: St Mary's Bury St Edmunds: Bury St Edmunds: 1986-).

Please note that the inclusion of a listed building on this website does not mean it is open to the public.