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Babergh (District Authority)
Wenham Magna
National Grid Reference:
TM 07098 38128



22.2.55 Church of St John


Parish Church. C14 chancel with later south porch, C14 nave with north and south porches, C15 west tower. C15 west tower, flint with stone dressings, the rest of the church is plastered with only the stone windows exposed. Timber framed south porch (nave). Red plain tiled roofs. Chancel:- Buttresses to eastern angles. East window of 3 stepped lancets, sunk chamfered, trefoiled arches. North wall, double lancet eastern window, small low side western window, arch with square head. South wall, double lancet eastern window, sunk chamfered trefoiled western window. Gabled porch between these two windows, chamfered 2-centre arched doorway, nailed door with 3 strap hinges. sunk chamfered trefoil windows to return walls. Plaque over door dated 1676 in memory of Spencer Fell. Nave:- North wall buttressed to east and west with 2 stepped attached buttresses adjacent to west of eastern buttress. Two chamfered 2-centre arched windows with Y tracery. Between these windows the gabled north porch has a 2-centred arch doorway, vertically boarded door. South wall, 2 windows similar to those in north wall. South porch, timber framed, plastered dwarf wall. Arched braces from storey posts form a 2-centred outer arch, similar single braces to right and left bays. 1914-18 War Memorial Plaque over archway. South doorway, 2-centred arch, moulded label with stops, C19/C20 double doors, nailed, with strap hinges. Stoup, cinquefoiled 2-centre arch. West Tower:- Buttressed to north and south western angles. Stair turret to first stage, east of south face. Buttresses and turret with flint and stone panels to plinth and outer faces. Renewed crenellations. Band below bell chamber. There appears to be a change in the flintwork level with the third step of the buttresses. Each face of bell chamber with a louvred window of 2 cinquefoiled ogee lights, tracery over, segmental pointed heads. Clock faces to upper half of second stage, north and south faces. Trefoiled heads to small windows, lower half of second stage, north, south and west faces. There is a small niche, trefoiled with square label below the west face window. West window of 3 cinquefoiled lights, vertical tracery, 4-centred head. Interior:- Chancel roof of 2 bays, nave roof of 3 bays of 7 cants, boarded, moulded soffits to tie beams, moulded wall plates, ribs and diagonal intersections. 4 armed crown posts, moulded capitals and bases. Sanctuary floor of medieval tiles, mainly red and yellow, some red and black. Some similar tiles in chancel south porch. Wooden panelled reredos. Painted Exodus, Lord's Prayer and Creed Boards. C19 stained glass to some windows. Turned wood balusters to altar rails and tracery. 2 C19 wall plaques to Bailey Family, 1 C19 plaque to Robson Family, 2 C19 brasses, to Rev D Whalley and the King Family. South and north polygonal pulpits with linenfold panelling. simple wooden lectern attached to front pew. C19 pews, panelled backs and dado, shafts to aisle panels, poppyheads to front pews, carved raised panel to fourth nave pew. No chancel arch. Nave:- North wall, shield of arms of East Family, sword, and helm with horse crest. Below this panel is a blocked 2-centred arch, probably the former rood loft doorway. There is a blocked segmental headed doorway east of the north doorway royal coat-of-arms above north door. Organ gallery in front of west tower arch, linenfold panelling to gallery front, archway into west tower below organ, steps to south. The organ case and painted pipes fill the tower arch. Plain octagonal font and stem. Tower stair turret doorway, the head is blocked by organ loft, nailed 2-board door with strap hinges. N Pevsner. Suffolk 1974.

Listing NGR: TM0709838128

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 16 August 2017.


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Suffolk, (1974)
War Memorials Register, accessed 16 August 2017 from


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: 09 Nov 2004
Reference: IOE01/13415/06
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