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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Brancaster, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.9632 / 52°57'47"N

Longitude: 0.6376 / 0°38'15"E

OS Eastings: 577245

OS Northings: 343900

OS Grid: TF772439

Mapcode National: GBR Q46.618

Mapcode Global: WHKP9.RST7

Plus Code: 9F42XJ7Q+72

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 5 June 1953

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1237744

English Heritage Legacy ID: 415019

Location: Brancaster, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE31

County: Norfolk

District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk

Civil Parish: Brancaster

Built-Up Area: Brancaster

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Brancaster St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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5/1 Church of St. Mary.

G.V. I

Parish Church. C12 evidence in chancel, C14 nave and aisles, C15 clerestorey
and west tower, re-roofed 1832, east window c.1907. Pebble flint, some
early reused limestone blocks in chancel, perhaps Roman; stone dressings,
rendered east gables, slate roofs, leaded south aisle and porch. West
tower, north and south aisle with south porch, chancel. West tower pebble
flint with stone dressings. Cut stone base string course, 2 west angle
buttresses with 3 set-off stages, knapped and squared flint dressings,
2 stage rectangular stairs turret on south. Perpendicular west door,
3-light west window, simple rectangular lancet sound holes to 3 faces
above, string-course, 4 2-light tracery belfry windows. String course,
battlemented parapet with stone flushwork and angle pinnacles. Clock
on east face. South porch C14, outer arch with bases and capitals, quatrefoil
north and south windows, entrance arch perhaps c.1300 with thick, crudely
moulded hood mould and 2 label stop heads. South aisle has 3 curious
tracery windows, perhaps medieval, perhaps C17, large lancet without tracery
divisions, arched heads set in rectangular frame with slightly hipped
head with hood mould and 2 label stop heads, the spandrel filled with
crudely moulded single tracery bar. Conventional Perpendicular 2-light
clerestorey windows, with brick stitching above, 4 to north and south.
North aisle has c,1900 addition west bay, north door with 2-light window
above, 3 ogee headed and cusped 2-light windows in square head frame of
c.1400. 3-light Perpendicular window in nave east gable. Chancel has
reused stone on south side, with evidence of C12 openings now blocked.
East window of C19 restoration, neo-Decorated tracery. Interior: 4 bay
c.1400 late Decorated or Early Perpendicular north and south arcades,
octagonal piers, seat bases now flush with built up floor level, double
hollow chamfered arches. Tall Perpendicular tower arch, chancel arch
perhaps Decorated, capitals cut back for now removed rood screen, metal
hooks for rood beam visible above. Fine C14 or C15 octagonal stone font,
moulded bases, unmoulded shaft and bowl. Fine, somewhat stripped of detail,
C15 spire font cover, base telescoping into spire as required. 3 lights
and 2 half-lights of C14 or C15 rood screen repositioned in tower arch.
Royal arms of William IV, 1832, in north aisle. Roofs throughout of c.1832
restoration. East window 1907, including portrait of donor. Stalls c.1907.
C17 Holy Table in south aisle.

Listing NGR: TF7724543900

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