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Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

A Grade I Listed Building in Lavenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1064 / 52°6'23"N

Longitude: 0.7917 / 0°47'30"E

OS Eastings: 591283

OS Northings: 249022

OS Grid: TL912490

Mapcode National: GBR RHZ.WJ6

Mapcode Global: VHKDY.NBX1

Entry Name: Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Listing Date: 23 January 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1037230

English Heritage Legacy ID: 276673

Location: Lavenham, Babergh, Suffolk, CO10

County: Suffolk

District: Babergh

Civil Parish: Lavenham

Built-Up Area: Lavenham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Lavenham St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

(north-west side)
Church of Saint Peter
and Saint Paul
TL 94 NW 36/524 23.1.58
An outstanding church mainly built during the C15-C16, the period of
Lavenham's greatest prosperity as a wool town. The chancel with its
crocketted spirelet is the only part that survives of the earlier C14
church. The church was built by the wealthy wool merchants of lavenham,
the principal benefactors being -the Spring family and. John de Vere, 13th
Earl of Oxford. Wills of Thomas Spring and others show that the west
tower was under construction from 1486 to 1495. The upper part was completed
early in the C16. The west tower of 4 stages is 141 ft high, built of
knapped flint and stone with unusual clasping buttresses. The nave of
7 bays is 156 ft long by 70 ft wide with fine Perpendicular windows
and clerestorey and castellated parapets richly ornamented with open
work. The south porch, also richly ornamented, has fan vaulting and
bears the arms of the De Vere family. North of the chancel is the Branch
Chapel (C 1500) and south is the Spring Chapel (dated 1525). The interior
has much beautiful detail and fittings, including a rood screen of 1330-40
and carved parclose screens to the north and south chapels. There are
monuments of the C15, C16 and C17.

Listing NGR: TL9128549022

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

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