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Church of St Andrew

A Grade II* Listed Building in Norton, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.26 / 52°15'36"N

Longitude: 0.8738 / 0°52'25"E

OS Eastings: 596223

OS Northings: 266320

OS Grid: TL962663

Mapcode National: GBR RGB.CQF

Mapcode Global: VHKD7.3G99

Plus Code: 9F427V6F+2G

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 15 November 1954

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1352404

English Heritage Legacy ID: 281201

Location: Norton, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP31

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Norton

Built-Up Area: Norton

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Norton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Parish church, medieval. Nave, chancel, north and south aisles, west tower,
south porch, north vestry. Restorations of 1881 and 1897. Flint rubble with
dressings of freestone; chequerboard flushwork panels at parapets and plinth
of aisles and porch. Plaintiled nave and chancel roofs with parapet gables;
other roofs flat behind parapets: some good C14 and C15 grotesque gargoyles.
Early C14 features in chancel include a south doorway and two windows with
cusped Y-tracery, one with grotesque dripstones. Over the doorway is a
contemporary window whose wide inner splay may indicate a C12 origin. Late
C14 tower with Y-traceried belfry windows and another below at the west end,
but money bequeathed for its completion 1442. Mid C14 north and south nave
doorways, the latter with its original cross-battened plank door and the
former with a small stoup beside it. Porch and aisles remodelled in early
C15; the porch has a shafted doorway with image niche above and tall side
windows. 3-bay nave arcades of mid/late C14: the piers have trefoiled headed
arches carved beneath the octagonal capitals. A small piscina in the south
aisle. Good late C14 east window. Circa 1500 roof over chancel in 5 bays:
arch-braced collarbeam trusses, the beams moulded and embattled, and a deep
cornice with shallow mouldings; there is early paintwork at the end bay over
the sanctuary. The nave and aisle roofs were rebuilt in C19: the truss
adjacent to the chancel arch is carved with the date 1897. Vestry added in
early C16: casement-moulded doorway, original oak plank door, and brick-arched
fireplace. (The vestry was restored 1748 as carved on roof beam). Good C15
font with evangelists in sunk panels around the bowl, and,panelled stem with
various supporting creatures around the chamfered corners. Poppyhead benches
in both aisles; a set of 7 and another of 8; most have carved creatures seated
upon the buttresses. 3 sets of late C14 choirstalls: two of 3 seats and one
of 2; traditional pattern with delicately carved misericord figures. In the
nave is a monument of 1626, whose painted inscription is lost. The deep ogee-
headed crown has obelisks at the head and feet: here some painted decoration
is visible including the standing skeletal figure of time with hourglass and
sickle and the date 1626. Some medieval glass, especially at the heads of
south chancel and south aisle windows. A large C15/C16 marble slab with brass
sinking in the nave, another (smaller) with 3 later slabs in north aisle, and
5 slabs of various dates from C16 to early C19 in the chancel floor.

Listing NGR: TL9622366320

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