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Church of the Holy Innocents

A Grade I Listed Building in Great Barton, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2601 / 52°15'36"N

Longitude: 0.7678 / 0°46'4"E

OS Eastings: 588991

OS Northings: 266042

OS Grid: TL889660

Mapcode National: GBR RG6.8Y0

Mapcode Global: VHKD5.8G88

Plus Code: 9F427Q69+24

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Innocents

Listing Date: 14 July 1955

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376986

English Heritage Legacy ID: 284426

Location: Great Barton, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP31

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Great Barton

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Great Barton Holy Innocents

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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1/5 Church of the Holy
- Innocents
- I

Parish church. C13 and later; restored in 1850's. Nave, chancel, north and
south aisles, south porch and west tower, in random flint with freestone
dressings: the aisles and clerestory are faced in a mixture of black knapped
flint and small freestone blocks, evenly set: stone facings to buttresses and
crenellated stone parapets to aisles and nave; slate roofs. C15 porch with
red brick and trefoil arcading to the base; crenellated gabled parapet;
diagonal buttresses; rendered and lined south face with a large sundial over
the entry; a gargoyle head on east and west, and 2-light windows. 8
perpendicular windows to clerestorey. The C14 south aisle has a 2-light east
window with flowing tracery, and Perpendicular windows on the south; C15 north
aisle with 4 gargoyle water-heads. C13 chancel: a simple priest's door on the
south side with pointed arch and nook-shafts, and beside it an arched tomb
recess with a heavy gable on corbels; north and south windows with plate
tracery and a lozenge, quatrefoiled far back, and a 3-light east window with
lancets and circles at head, also quatrefoiled far back; on the south-west a
blocked low-side window. At the east end, unusual polygonal buttresses with
stone pinnacles. Fine west tower in 4 stages divided by string-courses; a
chequerwork base of stone and black knapped flint; diagonal buttresses on
west. The walling has some small red bricks and stone blocks mixed with flint
rubble. Stair turret with a conical roof projecting on the south side. A
simple west doorway with continuous moulding; a 3-light window with panel
tracery to each face of the top stage. An impressive parapet with flushwork
decoration (cf. similarities with St. Mary's, Rougham): stepped and panelled
crenellation; quatrefoil frieze. The interior of the nave has a simple,
shallow-pitched single hammerbeam roof in 8 bays, corresponding to the bays of
the clerestorey: folded-leaf decoration along the purlins and ridge-piece; the
hammer posts supported by headless recumbent figures. Arcades in 4 bays:
early C14 on south, with one octagonal and 2 circular piers; perpendicular on
north. Fragments of medieval glass in the heads of all 3 windows in the north
aisle. Benches with traceried ends and poppyheads, some C15, but many
reproductions of 1856. Simple octagonal C13 font, supported on a central
column surrounded by 4 outer columns; a tall C19 carved and traceried wooden
cover in East Anglian style. Chancel with a simple plastered keel roof;
remains of pinnacled C13 piscina and sedilia. The other fittings are C19.
Various wall memorials to members of the Bunbury family.

Listing NGR: TL8899166042

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