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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brightwell, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0445 / 52°2'40"N

Longitude: 1.2792 / 1°16'44"E

OS Eastings: 624966

OS Northings: 243529

OS Grid: TM249435

Mapcode National: GBR VPD.S7T

Mapcode Global: VHLBW.4W32

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 16 March 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1030456

English Heritage Legacy ID: 286167

Location: Brightwell, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP10

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

Civil Parish: Brightwell

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Brightwell St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

TM 24 SW

Church of St. John the Baptist


Church, medieval, with alterations of c.1656 for Thomas Essington of
Brightwell Hall, and further restoration C19. Nave, chancel, west tower and
south porch. Medieval work of plastered flint rubble with limestone
dressings; C17 work in red brick, perhaps once plastered. Mid C19 porch of
gault brick with parapet gables. Plaintiled roofs; the tower roof flat behind
parapets. Several windows of c.1300, some with Y-tracery (some blocked for
monuments); the east window of 3 lights with intersecting tracery. Early C14
south doorway with original boarded door and sanctuary knocker. The tower of
c.1656 was placed upon existing walls at west end of nave, the east face
supported on giant Tuscan columns. Parapets have obelisk corner pinnacles,
clasping buttresses and arched recessed belfry openings. Similar obelisk
pinnacles placed at apex of east gable and at base of east and west end
gables. Fine mid C14 font of limestone, with octagonal bowl having traceried
facets, and moulded stem and base; painted cover of c.1656. Octagonal oak-
panelled mid C17 pulpit. Fine marble wall tablets to Thomas Essington
(d.1651), his sister Anna (d.1660), and to Arthur Barnardiston (d.1734). A
marble C18 floor slab inscribed "The Barnardistons Vault"; another to Thomas
Essington,snr. (d.1656) and his daughter Anna (d.1660). 4 painted C18
escutcheons of the Barnardiston family on the nave wall.

Listing NGR: TM2496643529

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