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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Haverhill, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.0828 / 52°4'58"N

Longitude: 0.4381 / 0°26'16"E

OS Eastings: 567153

OS Northings: 245520

OS Grid: TL671455

Mapcode National: GBR NCX.9LM

Mapcode Global: VHJH9.JXY6

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 26 June 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375520

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466418

Location: Haverhill, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, CB9

County: Suffolk

District: St. Edmundsbury

Civil Parish: Haverhill

Built-Up Area: Haverhill

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Haverhill St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text


816-1/5/19 (South West side)
26/06/52 Church of St Mary


Church. West tower C14 with Perpendicular upper stages,
remainder with some C13 evidence, rebuilt C15, restored after
fire of 1667. Major restoration 1867 by Elmslie & Franey:
rebuilt nave arcades, refurbished roofs, reseated and opened
up C15 south chapel arcades. Further restoration 1908-9 by HB
Thake extending north aisle to east end and adding two
vestries. Flint with conglomerate and ashlar dressings. Plain
tile roofs.
EXTERIOR: 3-stage tower with C19 mouchette west window:
diagonal buttresses to west, side buttresses to east. Ringing
chamber with slit windows; 2-light transomed belfry openings;
crenellated parapet. Polygonal stair turret to south-east
entered through external door above which is inscription:
'Turret rebuilt MDCCCLI'. North doorway of 1867: square hood
with quatrefoils and dragons in spandrels. Four 3-light
Perpendicular north aisle windows and plain aisle parapet.
Rood stair turret developed into polygonal turret in C19. Four
4-light south aisle windows and one 4-light west aisle window.
Crenellated parapet.
C15 south porch, restored, with stepped diagonal buttresses
with pinnacles: 4-centred outer arch and 4-centred inner
doorway with minimal shields in spandrels: 2-light windows to
east and west.
South chapel lit through two 3-light Perpendicular windows.
Priests' door blocked with brick in C20. North and south
clerestories with five 2-light Perpendicular windows. 5-light
Perpendicular chancel east window of C19 origins. North
vestries with Tudor details.
INTERIOR: 5-bay nave arcades of quatrefoil piers on tall
polygonal bases: polygonal capitals support double-chamfered
arches. Two west bays of nave screened-off in late C20. Early
C14 tower arch consisting of quatrefoil responds and
double-chamfered arch. Polygonal responds to chancel arch
under hollow and chamfered arch: north pier pierced by cusped
and subcusped doorway. 2-bay chancel arcade, that to north of
1908: quatrefoil piers and wave-moulded arches. Nave and aisle
roofs are panelled, chancel roofed by boarded 4-centred vault.
East end of north aisle: font with early C16 octagonal bowl
decorated with cusped foliate circles alternating with
Perpendicular tracery patterns on C19 stem.

North chancel wall: monument to John Ward, died 1602: bulbous
strapwork obelisk frames 2 inscription tablets above a pendant
apron. Both tablets with copious inscriptions.
(Brown C: Dictionary of Architects of Suffolk Buildings
1800-1914: Ipswich: 1991-: 102; Pevsner N: BOE: Suffolk, 2nd
Edition: Harmondsworth: 1974-: 252).

Listing NGR: TL6715345520

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