Church Of St Nicholas

14 Mar 2003
Church Of St Nicholas, Cranworth, Breckland, Norfolk, NR9 4PJ
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CRANWORTH WOODRISING TF 90 SE 9/18 Church of St. Nicholas 30.5.60 GV I

Parish church. Medieval and later. Flint with ashlar and some brick dress- ings. Lead roofs. Ruined western tower; nave with south aisle and south porch; chancel. Parts of the north and south walls of the west tower are standing with a fragment of the western ashlar jamb of the south first floor opening. C14 traceried circular window to west wall of south aisle. 3 traceried 3-light Perpendicular south windows beneath 4-centred arches with carved head label stops. Similar blocked eastern south aisle window and a single similar window to north. C14 moulded nave doorways with carved head label stops. (North doorway blocked). Restored late-Medieval porch with 2-light side windows and a 4-centred entrance arch. Late-Medieval south door with moulded cover strips. Chancel with 2 Perpendicular 3-light traceried windows. Priest's door to north, possibly leading to/from a former vestry. C14 3-light east window of unusual design with a central cusped mandorla forming a pair of subsidiary lozenge shaped cusped lights.

Interior. 3-bay C14 arcade with quatrefoil piers and wave-moulded arches.

Contemporary chancel arch with the inner order supported on carved head corbels. Easternmost bay of south aisle is connected to the chancel by an arch over a table tomb and by squints to either side. Restored late Medieval roofs to nave and aisle; the nave roof has hammerbeams and the aisle roof braces with traceried spandrels. Double piscinae in chancel with cusped ogee heads and foiled spandrels. Triple sedilia under a single 4-centred arch. Southwell monument to north side of chancel consisting of a 3-bay colonnade of channelled Renaissance columns supporting a full entablature and opening onto a tomb chest with the life-size effigy of Sir Richard Southwell (died 1564) in alabaster. Arched recess above display- ing family arms. Jacobean polygonal pulpit on single stem with a carved lunette frieze and back-plate. Late-Medieval table-tomb with cusped lozenges and blank shields. Holy water stoup beside doorway.

Listing NGR: TF9884103475


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Ashlar, Brick, Flint, Lead, Medieval Parish Church, Tudor Religious Ritual And Funerary, Elizabethan Church, Place Of Worship, Table Tomb, Tomb, Funerary Site, Chest Tomb, Commemorative Monument, Commemorative, Effigy