CHURCH OF ST MARY
- Heritage Category:
- Listed Building
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
- Statutory Address:
- CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH LANE
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- Statutory Address:
- CHURCH OF ST MARY, CHURCH LANE
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- East Suffolk (District Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- TM 29858 52184
TM 25 SE
UFFORD CHURCH LANE (South side) Church of St Mary
I Church. Late C12, early C13 and C15 with C19 additions. Flint rubble with ashlar dressings and a lead and slate roof. West tower, nave with south aisle, chancel and North-eastern vestry. Tower: West face: diagonal buttresses to the corner which die back by 3 offsets and rise to diamond- section crocketed pinnacles. Ashlar quoins to the outer and inner corners. Slightly projecting plinth with an arcade of rectangular flushwork panels. Chequerboard flushwork panels to the outer faces of the buttresses. Central doorway with richly moulded surround with cavetto and ogee moulds and cavetto-moulded hood mould set with small fleurons. Ashlar and flint voussoirs above. C19 ashlar shield in square frame above this. Two-light Perpendicular window to the first stage with cinquefoil heads to the lights and panel tracery above with hood mould ending in figurehead label stops. Recessed niches above this with blind tracery and ogee cinquefoil head. Cusped lancets with square hood mould to the next stage and above that a circular metal clockface, slightly domed. String course at the level of the sill of the belfry opening which is of 3 lights, each cinquefoil, with panel tracery above. Further string below the battlemented parapet which has ashlar coping. South face: the lower body is plain, save for the canted staircase turret at right which dies back below the level of the belfry opening. North face: similar save for the absence of turret. Single quatrefoil light to the lower body. Nave: south face: aisle of 4 bays. Porch at left of centre with a projecting plinth and rich flushwork decoration showing shields, with star surround, quatrefoils, mouchettes above encircled roundels and crowned chalice and wafer motifs. Panels of flushwork tracery to either side of the central doorway which has colonettes to the outer face and imposts with moulded bases and capitals. Cavetto, beek and ogee moulds to the arch and in the spandrels are figures of St George and the dragon. Above the door 3 canopied niches with miniature vaults and crocketed pinacles. Blind tracery panels to the parapet of the shallow gable. The west face of this porch has further arcaded panels of flushwork with a central 2-light window with ogee heads and panel tracery above. Gargoyle at left. East face of the porch is plainer, of knapped flint with similar 2-light window. To left a 3-light Perpendicular window with rendered brick surround having cinquefoil heads to the lights and tracery. At right are 2 ashlar window surrounds, also Perpendicular having cinquefoil heads with brattished transoms and divided by buttress with 2 offsets. Clerestory of 8 windows, each of 3 lights with brattished transoms and cinquefoil heads. Continuous hood mould and brick voussoirs. North face: walling of rubble flint with some herringbone work to the lower body. 3 bays with ½-bays to either side, divided by buttresses which die back via 3 offsets. Further buttress to corner. The 3 central bays have paired windows to the clerestory, each of 2 lights and similar to those of the North face. Single clerestory windows at right and left. The three central bays each have a single lower window, that at left being a 2-light Y-tracery window with renewed ashlar surround. To right of this are 2 Perpendicular windows with cinquefoil heads to the lights and panel tracery above. Chancel: south face: 2 bays divided by a buttress with 3 offsets having windows of 3 lights with cinquefoil heads, similar to the south aisle windows. Between these and at left of the buttress is a Romanesque window which has colonettes to either side with moulded capitals with pointed leaf decoration. Later pointed arch above with a hood mould and figurehead label stops. North face: similar Perpendicular window at right with brick voussoirs and to left of this a projecting single-storey gabled C19 vestry with 3-light window in wooden frame to the gable end. East end: diagonal buttresses, central C19 Perpendicular window of 4 lights with cinquefoil heads and panel tracery. The east end of the south aisle has a 3-light window with ogee trefoil heads and daggers to the tracery above.
Interior: Porch: roof of 2 bays with wall posts having lost their pendant bosses. These connect by arch braces to the principals and purlins. Moulded common rafters and cornice with fleurons and brattishing. Church door set in diapered walling with square ashlar panels (probably of C19 date). Door surround is chamfered and roll moulded. Plank door with central domed knocker plate attached to a strap hinge (somewhat similar to that of Church of St Botolph, Burgh). Nave: roof of 8 bays. 4 main and 4 subsidiary trusses, the subsidiary bays having tie beams which have been cut back to form false hammer beams. Richly moulded wall posts sawn off obliquely to their lower body. Arched braces connect these to the cambered tie beams which have brattished enrichment to the tops. Further arched braces connect these to the principals. The subsidiary bays have angel bosses attached to the ends of the sawn hammer beams. These nearest the chancel have a pair of German wooden angels of C17 date and the other bays have English Baroque winged cherubs heads. Considerable painting survives to the roof including chevrons and the sacred initials and monograms. Tower arch has an outer hollow chamfer and ogee mould and an inner arch which has semi-octagonal piers with moulded bases and caps at either side with a wave-moulded arch. Font: octagonal stem and bowl raised about 2 steps. Buttressed corners to the stem and cherubs heads below the bowl with interlacing wings. Roses in quatrefoils and shields to the panels of the bowl still showing some original colouring. Canopy to the font of great richness and complexity consisting of 3 stages, each with canopied niches containing image stools, the niches having painted backs. Richly crocketed finials. The lowest level has a traceried overhanging lip on which rest miniature flying buttresss with tracery to their arches. To the top a carving of a pelican in her piety with outstretched wings. The lowest tier telescopes up around the upper tiers. Series of 17 benches to the body of the nave with medieval ends. Dividing the nave and chancel is the lower body of a rood screen divided into pairs of panels by buttresses. Painted figures of saints to the panels and tracery above. Three stalls mainly rebuilt in C19. with misericords. Chancel roof of 6 bays with moulded wall posts, arched braces connecting with the principals and pendant posts from which further arched braces connect to the brattished collar. Arched braces also rise to meet the upper and lower purlins which are brattished to their tops. Shields to the lower level of the pendant beams (perhaps C19) showing representations of the implements of the passion. Richly moulded cornice with tracery, fleurons and angels with outspread wings. The chancel floor has been raised at the eastern end and a medieval piscina to the lower body of the south eastern window has a cusped round-headed arch opening into the choir and a 1/2-arch to the window embrasure. Fragments of Medieval stained glass to the east window with C19 additions creating images of St Salome and St Anne. C17 English and German glass to other chancel windows. Pament tiling to nave and chancel with fragments of medieval brasses now much worn.
Listing NGR: TM2985852184
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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.
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