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Church of St Mary the Less

A Grade II* Listed Building in Thetford, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.4115 / 52°24'41"N

Longitude: 0.7449 / 0°44'41"E

OS Eastings: 586789

OS Northings: 282822

OS Grid: TL867828

Mapcode National: GBR RD7.WNQ

Mapcode Global: VHKCC.VNN6

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Less

Listing Date: 3 April 1951

Last Amended: 1 December 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297899

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384692

Location: Thetford, Breckland, Norfolk, IP24

County: Norfolk

District: Breckland

Civil Parish: Thetford

Built-Up Area: Thetford

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Thetford St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Listing Text


617-1/7/31 (North West side)
03/04/51 Church of St Mary the Less
(Formerly Listed as:
(North West side)
Church of St Mary)


Parish church. C11 foundation, fabric mainly late C14. West
tower rebuilt C15 (donations 1427-1451). Chancel rebuilt C19.
Flint, re-used ashlar and clunch with ashlar dressings.
Chancel in gault brick. Slate roofs. Nave, north aisle and
3-stage west tower with flushwork plinth and stepped diagonal
buttresses. 4-centred west doorway, the arches moulded. Above
is a C19 three-light Perpendicular window. String courses
between floors. 2-light cusped belfry windows north and south
below crenellated parapet. Gabled south porch with multiple
roll-moulded arch. South nave with stepped side buttresses and
three 2-light C19 windows. North nave aisle lit through two
2-light and one 3-light Y-tracery windows, also C19. Gabled
nave and chancel roofs. Chancel south with two 2-light C19
INTERIOR: inner south doorway with C19 mouldings. C16 porch
roof with rafters and purlins. Canopied statuary niche over
door. Wave-moulded tower arch. C19 tower screen. C12 north
doorway within later aisle: one order of shafts rising to
cushion capitals with a roll-moulded arch. 2-bay north arcade
of polygonal piers with circular east-west responds and
stilted arches. C19 nave roof with hammerbeams on arched
braces. Wave-moulded chancel arch. North chancel chapel with
stilted double-chamfered arch to chancel. No capitals.
Single-chamfered arch to north nave aisle. Boarded chancel
roof of 1891.
C19 font. South nave aisle with an exploded tomb-chest
embedded in wall to Sir Richard Fulmerston, 1567. Over north
doorway a second inscription to Sir Richard, 1566.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North-west and South
Norfolk: Harmondsworth: 1962-: 341).

Listing NGR: TL8678982822

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