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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Somerton, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.7169 / 52°43'0"N

Longitude: 1.6639 / 1°39'50"E

OS Eastings: 647549

OS Northings: 319547

OS Grid: TG475195

Mapcode National: GBR YNV.MHS

Mapcode Global: WHNVC.JZK1

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 25 September 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1216608

English Heritage Legacy ID: 402082

Location: Somerton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29

County: Norfolk

District: Great Yarmouth

Civil Parish: Somerton

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: West Somerton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Listing Text


2/45 Church of St. Mary

- II*

Parish church. West tower and nave c.1200, the former with C14 belfry stage.
Nave remodelled early C14. Chancel C15. Restoration 1867. Flint with ashlar
dressings and some brick repairs. Thatched nave roof and slated chancel.
3 stage tower, lower 2 stages are circular. Restored 2-light C14 west window
: trefoil-headed lights supporting quatrefoil. Brick lancet to ringing chamber
with pointed head and brick relieving arch. String course below octagonal
belfry stage. Single lancets to each facet, alternatively blocked with knapped
flint. Plain brick parapet. Diagonal west nave buttresses. Kneelers at west
gable of ashlar bearing rosettes and carved heads. Blocked arched south door.
3 2-light late C13 Y windows to south nave and one C18 sloping brick buttress,
slated. Above windows is a deep pantiled string course. This pattern similar
to north except only 2 windows : one of 2 lights and Y tracery as before.
The other 2-lights and cusped under square head. Gabled north porch has wave
moulded entrance arch with one order engaged columns. Thatched roof. Chancel
supported by flushwork diagonal east buttresses and stepped side buttresses
framing C19 Perpendicular windows. 2 of 3 lights each to flanks, one of 5
lights to east. Low priests door to north with 2 orders of wave mouldings.
Interior. C14 chamfered and hollow chamfered tower arch on polygonal responds
with capitals. Arched rere arches to north and south nave doorways. Mid C14
chancel arch has concave fluting to engaged columns, high polygonal bases and
star capitals, all no doubt by a mason who worked in the choir at Ely c.1328-
35. The jambs themselves are wave moulded and restored. Plain C14 octagonal
font. Late C14 wall paintings in nave. North wall has entry into Jerusalem,
Flagellation and Resurrection, all now badly worn. On south side
St. Christopher and large scene of Day of Judgement. C19 boarded scissor
braced nave and chancel roofs. C15 hexagonal pulpit with concave sides, the
edges moulded and each panel carrying ogee tracery. One facet open to allow
entry via C19 stairs, another, facing wall, is blank. Moulded top rail. Plinth
also C19. Reduced C15 chancel screen of 1½ bays each side of cusped ogee
opening. 2 lozenge traceried dado panels. Above are 2-light ogeed tracery
lights and panel tracery below top rail. Fleur-de-lys cresting to top rail.

Listing NGR: TG4754919547

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