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Breckland (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TM 04118 86005


TM 0486 KENNINGHALL CHURCH STREET TM 0485 (north side)

12/56 Church of St. Mary 13/56

16/7/58 I

Parish church. Flint with ashlar dressings and leaded roofs. Late C15 west tower, early C14 nave, north aisle and chancel, altered C15 fenestration, chancel restored 1874, nave 1890-91. 3 stage tower with diagonal buttresses, the lower stage chequered with ashlar standing on panelled base course decorated with wheel and diaper panels. Arched west door and 3-light C15 west window under relieving arch. String courses at division of stages. Lancet ringing chamber lights and 2-light belfry windows below crenellated parapet. Low gabled south porch c.1400 with 4-centred entrance arch with hood on head stops, diagonal buttresses, sundial in gable and 2-light side windows under square hoods. C12 south doorway with one order of shafts carrying fluted capitals with square imposts. Imposts and voussoirs with bands of panelled dog-tooth. On east jamb C12 carving of dog, on west rider- less horse c.1300. 3 3-light C15 Perpendicular south windows between flat buttresses (diagonal at east). Truncated round-headed Y window of C14 above porch and 5 2-light trefoil headed clerestory windows under depressed arches. 3 restored early C14 cusped Y windows to chancel with continuous hoods above string course, the western window dropping to low side window. Flat buttress and angle buttresses flanking similar 3-light east window. Angle buttresses to north chancel which is continuous with nave aisle with flat buttresses. East and north aisle windows 3-light C15 Perpendicular under 4-centred arches with hood moulds. C16 4-centred chapel doorway in square hood with spandrels inscribed W...B within leaf trail. 2 eastern clerestory windows as south, 3 remainder are encircled quatrefoils. Early C14 north doorway. Interior. 5 bay north arcade, the east bay transeptual, alternating octagonal and quatrefoil piers, the latter with rolls between lobes. Double sunk chamfer arches on moulded capitals. Clerestory windows in spandrels. Circular tower arch with hollow jambs and chancel arch as nave arcades. C15 King post roof with queen struts to chamfered through purlins, the tie beams on arched braces dropping to wall posts on corbels. 2 eastern roof trusses filled with C19 tracery but with heavily roll moulded C15 ties, wall plates, wall arches and butt purlins. Eastern bays of aisle roof similarly elaborated. Arched braced crenellated tie beam at north east chapel supports Royal Arms of Elizabeth I rustically painted in form of arch head bearing inscription God Save The Queen. 2 fragments of poppyhead benches under tower. Ringing gallery bressummer early C17, balustrade above C19. Plain octagonal C14 font with elaborate cover of late C14 : 8 radiating buttresses on base support central drum, each buttress with 2-light pierced tracery with transom supporting quatrefoil head; painted drum flanked by crocketted finials of buttresses from which further engaged buttresses rise, also with crockets and finials; crocketted top stage is a restoration terminating in inverted octagonal trumpet finial. Trefoiled holy water stoup in south nave wall and ogeed piscina to east. Painted Royal Arms of Charles I over north door. C19 king post chancel roof, moulded arched piscina beside bench sedilia under 4-centred moulded arch within square hood, Altar tomb c.1500 to George, Lord Audeley of 3 bays north and south : large quatrefoils with internal cusping bear blank shields and flank 2-light tracery with reticulation frieze; bell based plinth and marble top from which brasses removed. East and west ends damaged.

Listing NGR: TM0411886005


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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 Feb 2001
Reference: IOE01/00894/14
Rights: Copyright IoE Mrs Colleen Cole. Source Historic England Archive
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