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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Pakenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2679 / 52°16'4"N

Longitude: 0.8269 / 0°49'36"E

OS Eastings: 592988

OS Northings: 267063

OS Grid: TL929670

Mapcode National: GBR RG2.ZTW

Mapcode Global: VHKD6.88Z9

Plus Code: 9F427R9G+4P

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 14 July 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1181353

English Heritage Legacy ID: 283667

Location: Pakenham, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP31

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Pakenham

Built-Up Area: Pakenham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Pakenham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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4/69 Church of St. Mary

Parish church. C12 and later, extended and extensively restored 1849, by SS.
Teulon. Cruciform plan, with low central tower. Tower has coursed rabble
flint walling to lower stage, later freestone diagonal buttresses. Octagonal
C14 upper part, with cusped 2-light windows and crenellated parapet rebuilt in
gault brick. Nave and chancel in rubble flint with freestone dressings. Traces
of a lower roofline in the west gable wall of the nave indicate a late medieval
heightening. 2 identical Romanesque doorways in west and south walls with one
order of shafts, scalloped capitals and heavy roll-mould. 5-light west window
with perpendicular tracery, copied in the east window in the mid C19. Also mid
C19, the poppy-head benches, pulpit, and open timber roof in the nave. Ornate
C15 font, possibly restored, has figures of 4 monks around base, emblems of the
4 Evangelists interspersed with a dragon, lamb, unicorn and pelican, all
symbols relevant to baptism, around the bowl. Tall wooden font cover, C20,
carved in traditional style. C12 chancel arch: moulded with one hollow and one
half-roll, saltire crosses in the abaci, nook shafts. Fragments of medieval
rood-screen incorporated in later work. Chancel has 8 C15 poppy-head bench
ends reused in later stalls. Late C17 black ledger slabs on floor. Late C17 communion
rails with twisted balusters. Barrel roof, with the eastern bay over altar treated
as a canopy of honour with C19 Gothic decoration. North and south transepts and
porch by Teulon, south trensept said to be a rebuilding. All are faced with kidney
flints: Early English style. Open timber roofs. Interior of north transept divided
by a Gothic timber screen, with decorative cresting, to make a vestry. The east
and west walls of the south transept each have a funeral hatchment. Fixed outside
against the south wall of the chancel are the remains of 4 medieval stone coffin-
lids; against the east wall, 3 ornate C18 headstones. C19 vestry, in north-east
angle of chancel and transept, has 5 ornate C18 headstones against north wall,
2 with feet also.

Listing NGR: TL9298867063

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