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Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Downham Market, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.5894 / 52°35'21"N

Longitude: 0.3914 / 0°23'29"E

OS Eastings: 562095

OS Northings: 301756

OS Grid: TF620017

Mapcode National: GBR N5N.PRC

Mapcode Global: WHJPZ.Z5KP

Plus Code: 9F42H9QR+QH

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 9 July 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1077857

English Heritage Legacy ID: 221469

ID on this website: 101077857

Location: St Michael's Church, Denver, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE38

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Ryston

Built-Up Area: Downham Market

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Ryston St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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5/23 Church of St. Michael
- II*

Parish church. C12, C14, west tower 1858, restored 1901. Carstone and ashlar
dressings and plain tiled roofs. Saddleback tower by W. Laurie 1858. 3 stages
with clasping west buttresses to first stage only. Lancet lights to first
2 stages and Neo-Norman paired lights to belfry under semi-circular containing
arch. Pair of roundels north and south. Flat buttresses to west nave walls.
Tall gabled south porch with side buttresses. Arched door below cinquefoiled
statuary niche with figure. Square side lights with timber tracery. Inner
doorway C14, as is porch. South nave windows : one 2-light with route tournant
and one square-headed 3-light with row of mouchettes in head, both C14. 2
restored 2-light square-headed south chancel windows flanking arched priest's
door which interrupts string course. Low side window. Angle buttresses to
east and 3-light flowing mid C14 east window of mouchette form with restored
mullions. North chancel fenestration as south. 2 2-light square-headed north
nave windows, one with trefoils in heads, the other with reticulation net.
Arched north door. Interior. C12 4-centred tower arch on square imposts.
Double chamfered chancel arch on demi-octagonal responds with moulded polygonal
capitals and bases. Roofs 1901. Nave roof of principals, secondaries, collars
and one tier butt purlins. Chancel roof as nave but with 2 tiers butt purlins,
both with ashlaring. Angle piscina with cusped and traceried head beside bench
sedilia. Many monuments to Pratt family in nave and chancel. Those in chancel
include the following : Black marble floor slab to Sir Roger Pratt 1684, with
raised and incised coat of arms; altar tomb to Lady Pratt 1706. Alabaster
with semi-reclining effigy in contemporary dress upon tomb chest articulated
with pilasters carved with fruit. Front inscription panel bordered by curtain
swag. Gadrooned cornice. Nave monuments include: wall monument to Pleasance
Pratt 1807, white marble on grey ground by John Bacon The Younger. Neo-classical
arrangement of groups of figures around and below urn upon semi-circular head
of inscription plate; Robert Pratt 1816, white marble wall monument on grey
ground. Square inscription plate below draped canon and other military emblems
with plaque inscribed ALGIERS, commemorating battle of Algiers.

Listing NGR: TF6209501756

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