Church Of St John The Baptist

14 Nov 2000
Church Of St John The Baptist, Brightwell, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


3/1 Church of St. John the Baptist 16.3.66 - II*

Church, mediaeval, with alterations of c.1656 for Thomas Essington of Brightwell Hall, and further restoration C19. Nave, chancel, west tower and south porch. Mediaeval work of plastered flint rubble with limestone dressings; C17 work in red brick, perhaps once plastered. Mid C19 porch of gault brick with parapet gables. Plaintiled roofs; the tower roof flat behind parapets. Several windows of c.1300, some with Y-tracery (some blocked for monuments); the east window of 3 lights with intersecting tracery. Early C14 south doorway with original boarded door and sanctuary knocker. The tower of c.1656 was placed upon existing walls at west end of nave, the east face supported on giant Tuscan columns. Parapets have obelisk corner pinnacles, clasping buttresses and arched recessed belfry openings. Similar obelisk pinnacles placed at apex of east gable and at base of east and west end gables. Fine mid C14 font of limestone, with octagonal bowl having traceried facets, and moulded stem and base; painted cover of c.1656. Octagonal oak- panelled mid C17 pulpit. Fine marble wall tablets to Thomas Essington (d.1651), his sister Anna (d.1660), and to Arthur Barnardiston (d.1734). A marble C18 floor slab inscribed "The Barnardistons Vault"; another to Thomas Essington,snr. (d.1656) and his daughter Anna (d.1660). 4 painted C18 escutcheons of the Barnardiston family on the nave wall.

Listing NGR: TM2496643529


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1295 IOE Records taken by R H MacMillan; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© R H MacMillan. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Macmillan, R H

Rights Holder: Macmillan, R H


Brick, Flint, Limestone, Plaster, Rubble, Tile, Medieval Church, Tudor Religious Ritual And Funerary, Elizabethan Place Of Worship, Commemorative Monument, Commemorative, Plaque, Grave Slab, Grave Marker, Funerary Site