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Church of St Mary the Virgin

A Grade I Listed Building in Haughley, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2217 / 52°13'18"N

Longitude: 0.9649 / 0°57'53"E

OS Eastings: 602612

OS Northings: 262307

OS Grid: TM026623

Mapcode National: GBR SJ5.QRM

Mapcode Global: VHKDG.NFY6

Plus Code: 9F426XC7+MW

Entry Name: Church of St Mary the Virgin

Listing Date: 9 December 1955

Last Amended: 15 March 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1352304

English Heritage Legacy ID: 280550

Location: Haughley, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Haughley

Built-Up Area: Haughley

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Haughley The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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TM 0262

8/68 Church of St. Mary the
- Virgin
9/12/55 (formerly listed as Church of
GV I St Mary)

Parish church, mainly mid C14 and late C15. Flint and septaria rubble, some
areas also with limestone rubble. Freestone dressings. Nave and chancel
roofs slated, aisle and tower roofs flat with parapets. Nave, chancel, south
aisle and south-west tower. Vestry and organ chamber added to north side in
mid C19. Tower of c.1330 contains main entrance: a moulded and shafted outer
doorway, small moulded Y-traceried windows to east and west. Y-traceried
belfry windows with grotesque gargoyles above. Richly moulded inner doorway
of early C14; a pair of original doors with ovolo-moulded fillets and a cross-
battening. The ringing chamber floor is original. A wooden doorframe in the
outer doorway is dated 1699, with flanking initials; the 1st floor (probably
of same date) is constructed partly from components of a medieval rood screen.
South aisle of mid C14: four windows have curvilinear tracery, and there is a
cusped-headed piscina. A 5-bay nave arcade with octagonal piers with moulded
capitals; the wide chancel arch is similar. The chancel has a C14 south
doorway, and a piscina with pierced traceried spandrels. Nave much remodelled
in C15 when the clerestory was added and fine 5-bay roof built: cambered tie
beams with curved queenstruts to principal rafters; secondary trusses have
arch braced principals and braces clasping ridge; there are no collars. Fine
carved bosses at intersections, and embattling to tie-beams and cornice. The
lean-to aisle roof is similar with 3 tiers of purlins, restored angels at the
wallposts, and much cresting. C15 chancel windows, restored in C19. Good C15
font, octagonal limestone, with emblems of the evangelists alternating with
shield-bearing angels, and around the stem lions and wild men. In the chancel
is an C18 marble slab with well-carved achievment; and 4 others in the
sanctuary to C18 members of the Ray family. About 10 other slabs in the nave,
7 of which have brass indents of C16/C17. A wall monument in the nave to
Robert Offwood, d.1756 and his wife and 3 infants. Two other wall monuments
of early C18 in the aisle. 5 painted hatchments on the nave walls.

Listing NGR: TM0261262307

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