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East Suffolk (District Authority)
St. Cross, South Elmham
National Grid Reference:
TM 29954 84266


SOUTH ELMHAM ST. CROSS TM 28 SE 3/39 Church of St. George 1.9.53 (formerly listed as Church of St Cross)


Parish church. C12, C14 and C15. Nave, with clerestorey, but without aisles, chancel, south porch, and west tower, in rubble flint with the remains of old render. Along the north wall the flintwork of the nave is coursed up to the level of the clerestorey, and half-way along the chancel, which was extended later. Freestone dressings. Crow-stepped brick gables to the east end of nave and chancel. Slate roof to nave, plaintiles to chancel. Norman north and south doorways to nave: on the north, plain, with a continuous arch, damaged and blocked; on the south with one order of colonettes, one volute and one flower capital, plain abaci, roll-moulded arch. The priest's doorway in the chancel has a Tudor hood-mould in rendered red brick. 2-light and 3-light windows to nave, one with Y-tracery on, the north side; 2 C19 replacement windows on the south side of chancel, and a 3-light east window with cusped intersecting tracery. The clerestorey has 2-light late Perpendicular windows with traceried heads and hood-moulds in red brick, rendered. C14 south porch, faced in random black knapped flint, with a shallow-pitched lead-covered roof. 2-bay open timber roof inside: moulded arched braces and purlins, florets to the cornice. A small niche with shallow pointed arch in the east wall. Small C14 tower in black knapped flint and rubble stone: 3 stages, with a string- course between the 2nd and top stages and 2 diagonal buttresses with chequerwork bases rising to the top of the 2nd stage. A simply panelled crenellated parapet; small stair turret on the south side; cusped Y-tracery window to each face of the top stage. The church was repaired in 1841, and many internal features are of that date: benches in traditional style; pulpit; chancel arch in Early English style; boarded chancel roof. Fine, high C15 tower arch, the capitals with small damaged heads and an outer moulding to the arch and jambs with fleurons. Good font on a low octagonal base: 4 seated lions round the shaft and around the bowl 4 seated lions alternating with 4 angels with shields. Remains of the rood stair behind the pulpit. Late C15 arch-braced roof to nave in 6 bays: the collars just below the apex, moulded braces and purlins, carved and decorated cornice. At the back of the nave, an ancient studded and banded chest.

Listing NGR: TM2995484266


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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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Date: 18 May 2004
Reference: IOE01/12036/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Mike Withinshaw. Source Historic England Archive
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