Church Of St Mary
- 29 Jun 2002
- Church Of St Mary, Church Lane, Earl Soham, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP13 7SA
- Photograph (Digital)
This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
TM 26 SW EARL SOHAM CHURCH LANE
8/41 Church of St.
Parish church. Medieval, restored 1891. Nave, chancel, west tower, south porch. Random flint and stone rubble, knapped flint tower, plastered nave; lead roof to nave, plaintiles to chancel.
Good late C15 tower with 4-stage diagonal buttresses, the 2 western buttresses with original inscriptions; crenellated parapet; flushwork to plinth, buttresses and parapet; fine west doorway with 2 orders of carving to the arch, hoodmould with carved spandrels and original door; 3-light west window with trefoil-headed, ogee-canopied empty niches to either side and empty canopied niche above; 2-light bell chamber openings. Late C15 nave of 3 bays with mostly original windows; late C15 porch with rough flushwork chequering and an original figure at the apex of the gable; good south nave doorway with fleurons to the jambs, arch and hoodmould, carved spandrels and original door.
Early C14 chancel of 2 bays with 2-light Y tracery windows; Priest's doorway to south; C19 east end with 3-light window in Decorated style. Fine original double hammerbeam nave roof of 6 bays with carved cornice and a figure against each wallpost under an ogee arch. C15 octagonal font with carved bowl and stem, original inscription on base; C17 font cover. Set of 26 poppyhead nave benches with traceried ends, installed 1940: some C15 work but much C20 restoration and renewal; good C17 pulpit complete with tester; Arms of Charles II in south nave; mid C17 turned alter rails; piscina under moulded ogee arch in sanctuary.
Graded I for surviving medieval work.
Listing NGR: TM2364663284
Copyright IoE Mr Derek Routen. Source Historic England Archive
This photograph was taken for the Images of England project
Photographer: Routen, Derek
Rights Holder: Routen, Derek
Flint, Lead, Plaster, Rubble, Stone, Tile, Medieval Parish Church, Tudor Religious Ritual And Funerary, Elizabethan Church, Place Of Worship