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Church of All Saints'

A Grade I Listed Building in Laxfield, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3021 / 52°18'7"N

Longitude: 1.3664 / 1°21'59"E

OS Eastings: 629617

OS Northings: 272444

OS Grid: TM296724

Mapcode National: GBR WMQ.Q81

Mapcode Global: VHL9R.MDQK

Plus Code: 9F438928+RH

Entry Name: Church of All Saints'

Listing Date: 29 July 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1180967

English Heritage Legacy ID: 280172

Location: Laxfield, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP13

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Laxfield

Built-Up Area: Laxfield

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Laxfield All Saints

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Parish church. Medieval; east bay of nave and whole of chancel rebuilt 1827.
Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Nave and porch of flint rubble, with
stone dressings; the tower is largely faced in dressed stone. 1827 work faced
in white brick except to north where there is random rubblework. Slated roofs.
Very fine late C15 tower in 4 stages, with polygonal clasping buttresses.
Good flushwork panelling to buttresses, the belfry stage and the whole of the
west face. Enriched west doorway with carved spandrels; above is a quatrefoil
frieze and a 4-light window flanked by canopied niches. 4-light belfry
openings. Crenellated parapet with stone panelling and tall pinnacles with
crocketted spirelets. Early C14 nave in 5 bays, the windows later replacements
in Perpendicular style except for one to north. Easternmost bay has C19 3-
light windows with intersecting Y-tracery. C15 porch, repaired in C18 with
red brick: knapped flint facade flanked by buttresses each containing a
canopied statue niche; entrance arch hung with shields, and with carved
shields in the spandrels. Remains of a vaulted roof. The porch was intended
to have an upper storey and is said to have been left incomplete. Small
chancel with later additions; a 3-light east window. Interior. The scissor-
braced trussed rafter nave roof spans 11m; the arched braces spring from posts
supported by short hammerbeams, at the end of which are carved heads. Coved
cornice. In south west angle of nave is the niche of a banner stave locker.
Fine octagonal font of c.1500, carved with the Seven Sacraments and the
Baptism of Christ. Tall 2-stepped base with traceried risers, the upper step
with raised sections forming a Maltese Cross. Nave seating comprises: (i) 4
fine poppyhead benches with carved ends and backs and mutilated arm-rests;
(ii) 13 poppyhead benches of 1622; (iii) C18 box pews incorporating re-used
C15 and C17 poppyhead benches and C16 and C17 panelling, much of it
elaborately carved; (iv) at the west end tiered boys' seats of early C19,
incorporating early C17 work. At the nave east end is a dado of re-used
panelling. Good C15 rood screen with traceried dado and ogee-arched traceried
divisions above. Early C17 carved pulpit and contemporary reading desk in
similar style. Arms of Anne over north door.

Listing NGR: TM2961772444

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