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Church of St George

A Grade I Listed Building in South Acre, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6963 / 52°41'46"N

Longitude: 0.677 / 0°40'37"E

OS Eastings: 580999

OS Northings: 314318

OS Grid: TF809143

Mapcode National: GBR Q7B.XNB

Mapcode Global: WHKQP.CHM9

Plus Code: 9F42MMWG+GR

Entry Name: Church of St George

Listing Date: 23 June 1960

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1306357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 220938

Location: South Acre, Breckland, Norfolk, PE32

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: South Acre

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: South Acre St George

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Church of St George




Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick
dressings. Pantile roofs. West tower; nave with north aisle and north porch;
chancel with continuation of north aisle forming a funerary chapel.

C15 west
tower with diagonal buttresses. Large 3-light panel-traceried west window
with a 4-centred doorway below. Spandrels with blind tracery and a cusped
hood mould. Harsyke family heraldic shields above doorway. 2-light cusped
Y-traceried bell openings with 4-centred heads. Crenellated parapet. Wave-
moulded nave south doorway. A 2-light window above in Decorated style with
soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch. 2 panel-traceried 3-light windows beneath
4-centred arches. Two 2-light and one 3-light windows beneath flat heads with
rectangular hood moulds. North aisle with two 2-light and one 3-light windows
beneath flat heads with rectangular hood moulds. C14 doorway of two wave-
moulded orders beneath a hood mould with carved head label stops. 4-centred
double-ogee moulded porch entrance arch with a niche to side and an ogee headed
niche above. Single light cusped side windows. Priest's doorway hollow-
chamfered with a hood mould. East and west aisle windows each of three cusped
lights beneath segmental arches. Three 3-light uncusped clerestorey windows.
Chancel with a fine late-Medieval east window of four Y-traceried lights beneath
a very shallow 4-centred arch. Two 2-light south windows - flat headed to west,
with soufflet beneath a 4-centred arch to each.

INTERIOR. 3-bay main arcade
with two C14 or C15 bays on octagonal pier and polygonal responds supporting
arches of two chamfered orders. C14 westernmost bay of two wave-moulded orders
on filletted semicircular responds. Identical arch between chancel and north
aisle. Tall tower arch of four chamfered orders without responds. Chancel arch
of two hollow-chamfered orders on polygonal responds. Restored hammer-beam nave
roof with moulded principals and purlins and carved bosses. C15 arch-braced
aisle roof with embattled wall plate. Heavily restored arch-braced chancel
roof. Chancel piscina with credence shelf beneath a cusped arch. C12 font
consisting of three shafts around a circular central pier supporting cushion
capitals emerging from a square section bowl. Very tall C15 font cover mostly
a C20 replica. Five bays of a former chancel screen re-set beneath tower arch.
Extremely elaborate flamboyant tracery with reticulated motifs, fleurons
and ogee arches with differing leaf carvings to each bay and turned shafts.
Late-medieval benches with embattled backs poppy head ends and eight damaged
carved arm rests representing lions. Three late-medieval brasses, of particular
note in north chapel representing Sir John Harskye and his wife Katherine.
In north aisle effigy of an unknown knight with crossed legs his feet resting
on a lion. C17 marble and alabaster monument to Sir Edward Barkham and his
wife of exceptional quality with two full-size effigies on a sarcophagus with
Tuscan columns and weepers. Overmantel with heraldic aedicule flanked by
a pair of carved statues representing Victory and Death. Winged hourglass
to extremities. C13 and C14 glass fragments in north chapel. The chapel
is divided from the north aisle by fine C17 wrought iron railings.

Listing NGR: TF8099914318

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