Church Of St Mary

29 Jun 2002
Church Of St Mary, Church Lane, Earl Soham, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP13 7SA
Photograph (Digital)
To ask us about this record, please make an enquiry.
Request a copy


This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


8/41 Church of St.

7.12.66 Mary


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


This is part of the Series: IOE\Routen_Derek IOE Records for Routen, Derek; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


Copyright IoE Mr Derek Routen. Source Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

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