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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade I Listed Building in Denston, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1468 / 52°8'48"N

Longitude: 0.5711 / 0°34'16"E

OS Eastings: 576017

OS Northings: 252954

OS Grid: TL760529

Mapcode National: GBR PDN.77L

Mapcode Global: VHJH5.V99L

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 19 December 1961

Last Amended: 20 May 1974

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031706

English Heritage Legacy ID: 283093

Location: Denston, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, CB8

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Denston

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Denston St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


Church of St Nicholas


A random flint church with stone dressings and solid stone buttresses. Built on the site of a C12 church. The West tower is late C14 and the remainder is late C15. In 1475 Sir John Howard and Sir John Broughton obtained letters patent from King Edward IV to found a perpetual chantry. The west tower has diagonal buttresses and a castellated parapet. The nave and chancel, which continue without a break, and the aisles have castellated parapets and panel traceried windows. An octagonal staircase tower on the north side led to the rood loft and aisle roof. The south porch has a fan vault, an external canopied niche above the arch and a castellated holy water stoop in the angle of the south-east buttress. The C15 south door has traceried ornamentation in the upper panels. The interior has been little altered since the C17 and presents an unusually complete picture of a medieval church with stalls for chantry priests and benches for parishoners. The 7-bay chancel and nave has a fine original arch braced cambered tie-beam roof and a cornice carved with lions, hounds, hares and harts. There are C17 shields hearing the arms of the Robinson family superimposed on larger shields of earlier date. The moulded and embattled roof beam and the lower part of the traceried roof screen remains. There are fine choir stalls with traceried fronts and parclose screens dividing them from the chancel aisles. Backing on to the roof screen there are 4 misericords 3 are carved with foliage and 1 is carved with a crane holding a stone. The altar, communion rail and octagonal pulpit are of the C17. The bench ends have carved animals copied from the medieval bestiary, and they also have a skirting, originally used to keep in place the rushes provided for kneeling upon. Brasses include a fine brass of Henry and Margaret Everard (1524), a brass of a lady of the Drury family (1530) and a brass inscription to William Burn (1591[. North of the chancel there is an altar tomb with 2 shrouded cadavers of unknown name. The C15 octagonal font is carved with representations of the 7 sacraments and the crucifixion.

Listing NGR: TL7601752954

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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