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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Sporle, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6693 / 52°40'9"N

Longitude: 0.7345 / 0°44'4"E

OS Eastings: 584997

OS Northings: 311462

OS Grid: TF849114

Mapcode National: GBR R94.LJS

Mapcode Global: WHKQX.850H

Plus Code: 9F42MP9M+PR

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 23 June 1960

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1169820

English Heritage Legacy ID: 220943

Location: Sporle with Palgrave, Breckland, Norfolk, PE32

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Sporle with Palgrave

Built-Up Area: Sporle

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Sporle St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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- I

Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. West tower; Aisled nave; chancel flanked by extension of north
aisle. C13/C14 west tower with angle buttresses and a rectangular stair
projection to south east. C13 west door with 3 pairs of shafts supporting
deeply cut mouldings. Niche above with foiled arch beneath a triangular hood
mould with carved head label stops. Roof line pertaining to a former west
porch. Plain lancet to south. 2-light cusped Y-traceried west window at
first floor. Fine 2-light cusped Y-traceried bell openings. Crenellated
parapet with blind tracery and corner finals. North aisle with blocked C13
north door on a pair of shafts now missing and within a rectangular hood mould
forming spandrels. Late-Medieval 3-light west window. 2 3-light
Perpendicular windows in angular style, one re-set C14 3-light reticulated
window (probably in the position of a former chapel) and 3 3-light C19 windows
in imitation of angular Perpendicular windows. South with 4 3-light angular
Perpendicular windows and one C14 wave-moulded doorway of 2 orders. 10 late-
Medieval 2-light clearstorey windows. C13 chancel with a rebuilt south wall
incorporating a priest's doorway and 3-light window without tracery. Very
unusual C13 east window consisting of 3 lancets with an octofoil above, the
whole within a moulded containing arch. Interior. Tower arch of 2 plain
chamfered orders without responds. Damaged C14 stoup in south respond with
broken tracery. 4-bay early C14 arcades of quatrefoil piers with intermediate
fillets supporting plain chamfered arches of 2 orders. Easternmost bay lower
and divided from main arcade. by an area of blank wall suggesting a former
transeptal arrangement. Double-ogee and plain chamfered chancel arch on semi-
circular responds. Chancel with 2-bay north arcade of rebuilt quatrefoil
pier with responds supporting hollow chamfered arches. East window with
moulded scoinson arch flanked by 2 small C13 niches with blind quatrefoils.
Nave has a restored C15. arch braced roof with short king posts onto collars.
Former rood stair to south now leads to a projecting C19 pulpit in Decorated
style. C14 piscina beneath an ogee arch in south aisle. Remains of C15
parclose screen and a late-Medieval cyclical wall painting in south aisle.
C13 octagonal Purbeck marble font with shallow blank arcading. Supported
on 9 limestone shafts without articulation on a tall octagonal plinth with
4 flights of steps.

Listing NGR: TF8499711462

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