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Church of St John Lateran

A Grade I Listed Building in Hengrave, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.285 / 52°17'6"N

Longitude: 0.6734 / 0°40'24"E

OS Eastings: 582449

OS Northings: 268576

OS Grid: TL824685

Mapcode National: GBR QDC.P2Y

Mapcode Global: VHJGG.MTCN

Plus Code: 9F427MPF+29

Entry Name: Church of St John Lateran

Listing Date: 14 July 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1180513

English Heritage Legacy ID: 283753

Location: Hengrave, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP28

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Hengrave

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Flempton St Catherine of Alexandria

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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4/46 Church of St. John Lateran

Formerly the parish church, now chapel to Hengrave Hall Conference Centre.
Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch, north aisle and chapel. Flint walling
with limestone dressings, low-pitched metal-finished roofs. Circular tower in
coursed flint, possibly pre-Conquest; clock, with hour-hand only, in west face.
Round-headed north and south belfry openings. Chancel has late C13 windows, 3-
light in eastwall, 2 2-light in south wall. Alterations for Sir Thos.
Hemegrave (died 1419) include: south porch, restored C19 in knapped flint with
flushwork, with labelled arched doorway, south nave doorway similar but more
ornate with angel finials, tall tower arch. Early C16 alterations for Sir
Thos. Kitson (died 1540) include: north aisle and chapel with large 3-light
windows, raising of nave walls with flushwork parapets, insertion of 2 large
south windows, north arcade with clustered columns and small clerestory windows
above, arch-braced cambered tie-beam roofs throughout (renewed/heavily restored
late C19). A segmental brick rood-stair turret in south wall perhaps C15. South
door C15, plain. Octagonal traceried C15 font. Late C13 wall paintings of
S.S. Catherine and Margaret on south chancel window reveal. Early C15 painted
inscription above south door in porch. Some fragments of C16 glass in aisle
windows. Canopied monument to Margaret, Countess of Bath, with her husband,
John Bourchier, beside her, and below her first husband Sir Thos. Kitson of
Hengrave Hall. An alabaster mural monument to Lord Darcy, also in the chapel.
In the chancel is a table tomb to John Bourchier, 1556, who was Lord
Fitzwarren. Also a magnificent tomb of Sir Thos. Kitson, son of the above,
with effigies of himself, his two wives, Jane Pagett and Elizabeth Cornwallis.
A bust commemorates Sir Thos. Gage who lived at the Hall, died 1741. The
monuments have much original colour and almost fill the chancel and chapel. For
details of church and monuments, John Gage, History of Suffolk, Thingoe
Hundred, 1838.

Listing NGR: TL8244968576

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