Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1030710

Date first listed: 07-Dec-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Jan-1984



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County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)

Parish: Blythburgh

National Grid Reference: TM 45076 75315


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TM 47 NE, 2/16


Holy Trinity Church

(Formerly listed as Church of the Holy Trinity)




Parish Church. Nave and chancel (under one roof), north and south aisles, west tower, south porch. Tower early-mid C14, remainder mid-late C15. Random flint with stone dressings; some brickwork to window arches; lead roofs.

Tower: Four stages, with 3-stage diagonal buttresses, string courses at each stage level; crenellated parapet with some flushwork; single-light bell chamber openings without tracery; at base of third stage (except east face) is a cinquefoil-headed lancet window; C15 3-light west window, the tracery renewed. Clerestorey with eighteen identical 2-light windows to north and south. Chancel extends one bay east of the aisles, these windows being bricked up; east end of chancel with 5-light window, renewed tracery; below is a flushwork frieze of twelve Lombardic letters, with further flushwork to either side of window; at apex of gable is a mutilated carved Trinity. North aisle of eight bays, south aisle of seven bays with the porch at the west end; the eastern two bays of the aisles have windows to a slightly different design; both aisles have flushwork decoration to the buttresses. South aisle and porch with fine parapet of pierced quatrefoils with ogee cappings, below which is a frieze of lozenge flushwork and a carved string course; the buttresses have pinnacles with grotesque finials. Each aisle has Priest's doorway under a flying buttress, the one to the south with a mutilated stoup. Porch with Priest's room above; knapped flint facade with empty niche over doorway; good external stoup with carved shaft and bowl; tierceron vaulted roof renewed in 1930's. Both north and south doorways have C15 traceried doors.

INTERIOR with 8-bay aisle arcades; flooring of red brick and unglazed tile. Fine 10-bay arch-braced roof with firred tie beams; the cornice is missing; at the centre of each tie beam is a carved boss and angels with outstretched wings facing east and west (eleven angels remain, some of the wings renewed); much original painted decoration remains. Lean-to aisle roofs with traceried spandrels. Octagonal font, c.1450, formerly carved with the Seven Sacraments. Good set of eighteen C15 nave benches with carved finials; C15 lectern; pulpit c.1670; fine alms box dated 1473 with traceried carving; mid- late C17 Clock Jack at east end of south aisle; C15 wooden aisle screens, the nave screen a modern reconstruction to the same pattern. The choir stalls have finely carved frontals with sixteen figures of Apostles and Saints, possibly once forming the rood loft parapet. Good monument to Sir John Hopton (d.1489): Purbeck marble tomb chest (brasses missing) with 3 cusped quatrefoils with painted shields, richly traceried and crested canopy. Another plain tomb chest in north aisle; several C17 carved marble floor slabs in chancel; fragments of medieval stained glass in aisle windows. Graded I for surviving medieval work.

Listing NGR: TM4507675315


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Legacy System number: 285532

Legacy System: LBS

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