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Breckland (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TG 05339 11066


TG 0511 12/54


Church of All Saints




Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick dressings. Lead roofs. West tower; aisled nave with north and south porches; chancel with south chapel.

Late C14 west tower. Angle buttresses with gabled copings becoming diagonal buttresses at bell stage. Moulded west doorway with a large 3-light window above with embattled transom. Narrow cross loops at intermediate stage and an east window just above nave roof ridge. 2-light bell openings with super mullions flanking the soufflets. Crenellated parapet with blind tracery and crocketted corner pinnacles. Short leaded spire with cupola and weather vane dated 1640. Pair of 2-light Decorated west windows to aisles. Three restored 3-light Perpendicular windows to south and three Perpendicular 3-light windows to north, two beneath 4-centred arches and one beneath a 3-centred arch. 3-light north aisle east window in Decorated style with extravagant mouchettes. North porch with blocked entrance, 2-light traceried side windows, diagonal buttresses with flushwork, three statue niches above entrance with double and triple ogee arches, carved angels to entrance spandrels and crenellated parapet with flushwork. Heavily restored south porch. Polygonal angle buttresses with crocketted cupolas, renewed flushwork and a niche above entrance. Nine 2-light clerestorey windows (including one in east gable) with restored tracery. Chancel south chapel of galletted flint with three 3-light Perpendicular windows and a priest's door. Three 3-light Perpendicular chancel windows with exceptionally narrow tracery bars. Embattled transoms to central lights. Restored 5-light Perpendicular east window.

Four-bay arcades with narrower westernmost bay. Narrow Perpendicular piers with opposing half shafts to east and west applied to a narrow section of projecting masonry which carries uninterrupted the outer orders of the arcades Shallow arch mouldings, tall facetted bases and polygonal bell capitals. Massive moulded tower arch with a pair of semicircular responds. Chancel arch in the same manner as the arcades. Aisle walls with plain-chamfered interconnecting rere-arches. South aisle roof mainly Victorian but retains some mutilated medieval wall-post carvings and four carved stone wall-post corbels. Late-medieval hammer-beam roof to nave. The hammers are finely carved, representing angels, saints and possibly donors. All the heads and some figures are renewed. The hammers support arched braces rather than struts. Arched braces also across the ridge. Single set of moulded butt-purlins and a moulded ridge piece. Common rafters boarded over in three easternmost bays with two surviving painted scenes. Four arch-braced ties, dated in paintwork to 1617, inserted. Ogee moulded chamfers and painted geometric patterns. North aisle roof contemporary with nave roof with similar, yet mutilated, carvings. Chancel south chapel with a 3-centred moulded arch to west and an exceedingly wide 3-centred arch to north. Rere-arches with shafts on south wall. Simple piscina. Chancel with cusped piscina. Surviving dado panels to chancel screen with very elaborate blind tracery and a pair of painted saints to each panel. Partially renewed screen to south chapel. C18 or C19 polygonal - pulpit in Jacobean style with a tester decorated with marquetry.

Listing NGR: TG0533911066


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 11 Jun 2005
Reference: IOE01/13828/17
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Chris Durrant. Source Historic England Archive
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