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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade I Listed Building in Wrentham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.3885 / 52°23'18"N

Longitude: 1.6566 / 1°39'23"E

OS Eastings: 648907

OS Northings: 283015

OS Grid: TM489830

Mapcode National: GBR YVX.CLV

Mapcode Global: VHM6Z.N7M9

Plus Code: 9F439MQ4+CJ

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 27 November 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1284532

English Heritage Legacy ID: 281926

Location: Wrentham, East Suffolk, Suffolk, NR34

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Wrentham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Wrentham St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Church of St. Nicholas


Parish church. Medieval; restored mid C19, the north aisle being added in
1853; chancel restored 1932. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, west
tower, south porch. Random flint rubble, mostly rendered except for the
tower; stone dressings; slated roof to nave, plaintiled roof to chancel with
modern sealant. Fine C15 tower, faced in knapped flint: 4 stages, with
diagonal buttresses and crenellated parapet, both enriched with flushwork;
around the plinth is a stone frieze with lozenges and blank shields. The west
doorway has a moulded surround with carved spandrels and flanking canopied
niches; large 4-light west window. In the third stage are square openings
with a tracery grill; 2-light bell chamber openings. 3-bay aisles. Late
C14/early C15 south aisle with original windows; the north aisle has some re-
used windows of C14-C15. Late C15 porch, faced with knapped flint and with
flushwork panels to the facade; crenellated parapet. C13 chancel,
considerably restored: 2 tall lancet windows and one Perpendicular window to
north and south; 5-light east window. Interior 3-bay aisle arcades, the north
arcade of 1853 matching the south; the north aisle has half-piers against the
north wall, with timber posts being added in the south aisle to match: both
have east-west arched-bracing along the wall. C19 roofs. Wide chancel
without a chancel arch. Trefoil-headed piscinas in south aisle and south
sanctuary. Niche for banner stave locker at west end of south aisle. C19
font in nave; at the east end of the north aisle is a C15 carved octagonal
font bowl, damaged but with traces of original colouring: this was discovered
in the rectory garden. C19 furnishings. C17 wall monument in north chancel
to members of the Skippon family. 2 effigy brasses: Ele Bowet (c.1400) in
chancel floor, Humphrye Brewster (1593) re-mounted on north chancel wall.
Several C17-C18 ledger slabs of Brewster family in sanctuary; 2 Brewster
hatchments south of tower arch. Arms of William IV painted on boards in apex
of roof at entrance to chancel.

Listing NGR: TM4890783015

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